Guitarist Bert Weedon, who played with stars including Frank Sinatra and inspired millions to pick up the instrument with his 'Play In A Day' books, has died at the age of 91.
The musician had “been poorly” for a while and died at home in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, this morning, his friend John Adrian said today.
Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Brian May are among the stars who learned to play guitar from his books.
Weedon was born in east London and bought his first guitar in Petticoat Lane market when he was 12.
The man who became known as Mr Guitar started out playing with big bands including the hugely popular Ted Heath band, before starting on a solo career which saw him sell millions of records and notch up hits including 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle' and 'Nashville Boogie'.
The arrival of rock ’n’ roll ended his run of hit singles, but provided him with a new role as an in-demand session man who played with stars including Cliff Richard, Adam Faith and Billy Fury.
His first 'Play In A Day' book was published in 1957 and the books have sold in their millions.
Clapton openly acknowledged his debt to Weedon, saying he had “never met a player of any consequence” who had not learned from the books.
Tributes wer paid on Twitter to Weedon.
A message on behalf of Marshall Amplifiers, whose founder Jim Marshall died earlier this month, said: “Very sad day today as we say goodbye to Jim’s close friend Bert Weedon. We take comfort in knowing two such good friends are reunited again.”
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess said: “’Practice hard, all the time’ – Bert Weedon might be gone but his advice should never be forgotten.”