Paul McCartney pays tribute to ‘Britain’s Mr Guitar’ Bert Weedon

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Paul McCartney has paid tribute to guitarist Bert Weedon, who died last week (April 21) aged 91.

Weedon, who played with stars including Frank Sinatra, wrote the ‘Play In A Day’ books which have been used by millions to learn to play the guitar. He published his first book in 1957. 

Describing Weedon as “Britain’s Mr Guitar”, McCartney said in a statement:

Dear Bert – we will miss him. From early childhood throughout our lives he was Britain’s Mr guitar. He seemed to be the first person we saw on television showing us how to play and he left a lasting impression on us. We use to joke about how he played a thousand notes a minute but we were always impressed with him. Like us, he loved the guitar and communicated that passion to many generations. Bert, we’ll miss you.

Other artists who have paid tribute to Weedon include Queen’s Brian May, who last week called the guitarist a “legend” before thanking him for “spreading the guitar and enthusiasm to all of us”.

He said that Weedon was one of the first people in England to know how to play the electric guitar. “Everyone from Eric Clapton to Jimmy Page, they would all say the same thing – that Bert was the first and we all loved the man. There were no secrets – he had lots of techniques that he could have kept to himself, but he shared them” he added. “It would be impossible to find anyone who would have a bad word to say about him.”

The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess also paid tribute last week, commenting: “Practice hard, all the time – Bert Weedon might be gone but his advice should never be forgotten.”

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.”