In the past few days we’ve lost Dick Clark, Levon Helm, Men at Work’s Greg Ham, and now influential British guitarist Bert Weedon. Though perhaps known more anecdotally in America, Weedon was a giant figure in the U.K. From BBC News:
As a solo guitarist, he had many hits, including Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Apache and Nashville Boogie. In 1976 he became the first solo guitar player to top the Official Top 40 album charts with 22 Golden Guitar Greats.
Weedon’s Play in a Day instruction book was also significant in the development of a generation of guitarists. In a sidebar of the BBC article, Guitar Techniques Magazine Editor Neville Marten sums up:
Bert may be best remembered as a teacher. With ‘students’ that number Eric Clapton, Brian May, Sting, Pete Townshend, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and countless others, Weedon could well be described as the most genuinely influential guitarist of all time.
Read more at BBC.