May 17, 2012

Bert Weedon - Guitar Boogie Shuffle (1959)

Born in 1920, this guitarist has the honor of being very influential to many future guitarists of the 1960s. Born in London, he worked with numerous big name stars, such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Nat King Cole, as well as making a name for himself as a solo artist. His best-selling tutorial guides on how to play guitar, titled Play in a Day, were highly influential on many future legends like John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, and Jimmy Page to name a few. He passed away April 20, 2012, a few weeks before this feature was written.

Originally released in 1948 under the title of “Guitar Boogie,” this song was originally a country and western track recorded by Arthur “Guitar Boogie” Smith. In 1958, it was recorded by The Virtues, a group out of Philadelphia, using a rock ‘n’ roll approach and renaming it the “Guitar Boogie Shuffle”. By 1959 it was climbing the charts in the US while its UK counterpart, recorded by today’s artist, reached number ten in the UK.

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Bert Weedon - Guitar Boogie Shuffle (1959)

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