2012 – Bert Weedon, guitarist who wrote ‘Play in a Day’ died today at 91 on This Day in Rock Music History!


2012 – Bert Weedon, guitarist who wrote ‘Play in a Day’ died today at 91 on This Day in Rock Music History! Originally trained as a classical guitarist, but gained fame in writing the instructional book, ‘Play in a Day’ which inspired many industry greats like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend. Released in 1957, it has sold more than two million copies and helped inspire a generation of aspiring musicians.
Born in London in 1920, he went on to study the guitar and play with greats like Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra and Cliff Richards.

Discography
Chart singles
Year Single Chart Positions
UK
1959 “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” 10
“Nashville Boogie” 29
1960 “Big Beat Boogie” 37
“Twelfth Street Rag” 47
“Apache” 24
“Sorry Robbie” 28
1961 “Ginchy” 35
“Mr Guitar” 47
Releases on the Top Rank label
Albums

BUY026 Kingsize Guitar
35/101 Honky Tonk Guitar

Singles

JAR117 “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” / “Bert’s Boogie” 7″/78 (1959) – UK #10
JAR121 “Sing Little Birdie-Quickstep” / “The Lady is a Tramp-Quickstep” 7″/78
JAR122 “Petite Fleur-Slow Foxtrot” / “My Happiness-Slow Foxtrot” 7″/78
JAR123 “Charmaine-Waltz” / “It’s Time to Say Goodnight-Waltz” 7″/78
JAR136 “Teenage Guitar” / “Blue Guitar” 7″/78
JAR210 “Jealousy-Tango / “Tango Tango” 7″/78
JAR211 “Stardust-Slow Foxtrot” / “Summertime-Slow Foxtrot” 7″/78
JAR221 “Nashville Boogie” / “King Size Guitar” 7″/78 (1959) – UK #29
JAR300 “Big Beat Boogie” / “Theme from a Summer Place” 7″ (1960) – UK #37
JAR360 “Twelfth Street Rag” / “Querida” 7″ (1960) – UK #47
JAR415 “Apache” / “Lonely Guitar” 7″ (1960) – UK #24
JAR517 “Sorry Robbie” / “Easy Beat” 7″ (1960) – UK #28
JAR537 “Ginchy” / “Yearning” 7″ (1961) – UK #35
JAR559 “Mr Guitar” / “Eclipse” 7″ (1961) – UK #47
JAR582 “Ghost Train” / “Fury” 7″ (1961)
JKP3008 Weedon Winners EP

May once referred to Weedon as the “Guitar Wizard” and “a legend”, while Clapton, in a 1970s interview, said:

“I wouldn’t have felt the urge to press on without the tips and encouragement that Bert’s book ‘Play in a Day’ gives you. I’ve never met a player of any consequence that doesn’t say the same thing.”

Weedon was awarded an OBE in the 2001 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for services to music. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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