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Sunday, 10 May 2020


Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping, the golden age of Hollywood (esp westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too. & @JoeCushnan

I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection.  Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution. 

This is a series of very, very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda.  Swift diversions for a moment or two.

Apropos of Nothing #23 – 10 May 1920

Born on 10 May, 1920, Herbert Maurice William “Bert” Weedon was a popular and highly influential guitarist during the 1950s and 1960s.

He cut his teeth in rhythm and blues bands, in dance and variety orchestras and as a young solo performer.  He also found work as a session musician on records by Tommy Steele, Adam Faith, Billy Fury and many others.  He was a regular performer on TV and radio.

His tutorial guide, Play in a Day, was a bestseller and many future rock, blues and pop stars cited it as essential to their musical development.

From various sources, Bert Weedon “taught” the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Brian May  Pete Townsend and Keith Richards.

Neville Marten, editor of Guitar Techniques magazine said: “Bert Weedon could well be described as the most genuinely influential guitarist of all time.”

Bert Weedon died at 91 on 20 April, 2012.

Sources: Wikipedia and others.

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