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Bert Weedon, British guitarist whose how-to guide taught rock-and-roll royalty, dies at 91
By Matt Schudel, Saturday, April 21, 4:30 PM
Bert Weedon, a British guitarist whose popular “Play in a Day” instructional manual introduced a generation of rock-and-roll stars to the power of the guitar, died April 20 at his home in Beaconsfield, England. He was 91.
Friends confirmed his death to British news agencies but did not disclose the cause.
(Chris Ware/GETTY IMAGES) - From the archives: Popular English guitarist Bert Weedon at his home in Wembley, chilling out on the floor with his guitar lying beside him.
Long before he gained fame as the author of a top-selling guide to the guitar, Mr. Weedon was known as a versatile performer who could play virtually any style of music at a glance. He performed with such renowned jazz artists as Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing, accompanied singers Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney and Judy Garland, and was a regular on BBC broadcasts in the 1940s and 1950s.
Mr. Weedon was an early rock-and-roll guitar star in Britain in the late 1950s, with a series of instrumental hits that included “Guitar Boogie Shuffle,” “Apache” and “Nashville Boogie.” But when his instructional book was first published in 1957, he became something of a spiritual godfather to a generation of would-be guitar heroes.
Its title — “Play in a Day” — offered the hope of instant musical gratification. The lessons began at the most basic level, with an illustration of how to hold a guitar. Mr. Weedon taught novices how to get through many rock-and-roll tunes with three basic chords and included pointers on how to play a few basic tunes.
His guide, which was updated through the 1980s, sold millions of copies, leading Britain’s Independent newspaper to call Mr. Weedon “the man who taught the world to play the guitar.”
Many top rock stars, including Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Keith Richards, the Who’s Pete Townshend and three of the Beatles — George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney — studied Mr. Weedon’s book.
“I like to think that I’ve helped in some way,” Mr. Weedon said in 1997, “to make the guitar the most popular instrument in the world.”
Herbert Maurice Weedon was born in London on May 10, 1920. His father was a subway driver and amateur singer.
Mr. Weedon was 12 when he bought a secondhand guitar. He wanted to learn to play jazz, but his first teacher — an elderly music-shop owner — refused to teach him anything but classical music.
“He picked up his guitar and played Chopin’s Prelude No. 7,” Mr. Weedon told London’s Daily Mail newspaper in 1995. “I had never heard anything so beautiful in my life. I sat transfixed and he said: ‘That’s what I’m going to teach you.’ And I said: ‘Yes, please.’ ”
By 14, Mr. Weedon was performing in dance bands. He was a featured soloist before World War II.
He volunteered with rescue units during the London bombing blitz of World War II and, after the war, replaced Django Reinhardt in a group led by Grappelli, a prominent jazz violinist.
As a member of a BBC band in the 1950s, he was known for his ability to sight-read any style of music from jazz to classical to flamenco to rock. He was the host of children’s television shows and performed with many acclaimed singers, including Sinatra.
“He asked me if I’d like to go and play guitar in America,” Mr. Weedon recalled in 1995. “He was the greatest pop singer in the world and I was immensely flattered. I thanked him very much, but I told him no. I said I’d rather be a bigger fish in a smaller pond.”
Mr. Weedon recorded well into the 1980s, and one of his albums from the 1970s, “22 Golden Guitar Greats,” reached No. 1 on the British charts, knocking Led Zeppelin out of the top slot.
His first marriage, to Doris Weedon, ended in divorce. Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Maggie Weedon; and two sons.
In 2003, he received a settlement after suing the BBC over a statement that Mr. Weedon had learned to play guitar “while a convict.”
“It may not always be fashionable in the rock music world,” Mr. Weedon’s attorney said at the time, “but my client is rightly proud of his unblemished past and does not want that legacy damaged at this late stage of his private life and professional career.”
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Frank Foster, jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 82
Frank Foster played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed its hit "Shiny Stockings." (Los Angeles Times)
July 28, 2011
Jazz saxophonist and composer
Frank Foster, 82, a jazz saxophonist who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and composed the band's hit "Shiny Stockings," died Tuesday at his home in Chesapeake, Va., of complications from kidney failure, according to his wife, Cecilia.
Foster was recognized in 2002 by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master, the nation's highest jazz honor. His many compositions and arrangements include material for Sarah Vaughan and Frank Sinatra, and a commissioned piece written for jazz orchestra for the 1980 Winter Olympics: "Lake Placid Suite."
Born in Cincinnati on Sept. 23, 1928, Foster "had an ear for music" from an early age, he said in an NEA interview in 2008. Jazz big bands caught his attention when he was 12. Foster's first instrument was clarinet, but at age 13 he took up the sax. He played in a dance band at Wilberforce University and went on to join Basie's band in 1953.
During his 11-year tenure with Basie, Foster not only played tenor saxophone and other woodwinds but also contributed numerous arrangements and compositions for the band, including the jazz standard "Shiny Stockings," Down for the Count" and "Back to the Apple."
Two years after Basie's death in 1984, Foster returned to assume leadership of the Count Basie Orchestra from Thad Jones. He led the band until 1995, winning two Grammy Awards during his tenure.
Foster also led his own big band, Frank Foster's Loud Minority, in addition to playing as a sideman in drummer Elvin Jones' combo and co-leading a quintet with a fellow Basie veteran, saxophonist-flutist Frank Wess.
Foster also served as a musical consultant in the New York City public schools and taught at Queens College and the State University of New York at Buffalo.
In the NEA interview, Foster said: "I had always had as much fun writing as playing.... But when you play something, if you mess up, you can't make it right. But you can write something, and if it's not right, you can change it. And I always had as much pleasure writing as playing because the thrill of hearing your music played back to you is almost indescribable."
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Authorities do not know exactly how many people have been killed warbling “My Way” in karaoke bars over the years in the Philippines, or how many fatal fights it has fueled. But the news media have recorded at least half a dozen victims in the past decade and includes them in a subcategory of crime dubbed the “My Way Killings.”
The killings have produced urban legends about the song and left Filipinos groping for answers. Are the killings the natural byproduct of the country’s culture of violence, drinking and machismo? Or is there something inherently sinister in the song?
Whatever the reason, many karaoke bars have removed the song from their playbooks. And the country’s many Sinatra lovers, like Mr. Gregorio here in this city in the southernmost Philippines, are practicing self-censorship out of perceived self-preservation.
Karaoke-related killings are not limited to the Philippines. In the past two years alone, a Malaysian man was fatally stabbed for hogging the microphone at a bar and a Thai man killed eight of his neighbors in a rage after they sang John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” Karaoke-related assaults have also occurred in the United States, including at a Seattle bar where a woman punched a man for singing Coldplay’s “Yellow” after criticizing his version.
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The rowers perform Frank Sinatra' My Way in the video, with one, unnamed, rower stood in full Mankini glory on top of a mountain.
The swimsuit jumped to No.4 in Amazon's Toys and Games bestseller chart, selling out repeatedly over the last four weeks.
A man that works at Amazon said they were expecting a rise in swimwear sales due to how well Britain's swimmers have done, but that "the Mankini's success has taken us by surprise."
You certainly aren't alone there.
You can watch 'Rowing...My Way here:
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The packaging is also a treat..
The New York Sweat-shirt comes folded ceremoniously in a portable water proof Vinyl and canvas travel/ storage Bag and Box.
..Cue Frank Sinatra....New York, New York.
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