Known as ‘Mr. Guitar,’ Bert Weedon was indirectly responsible for the guitar playing of three of the Beatles, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Tony Iommi and Brian May. The British guitarist published ‘Play in a Day’ in 1957. The book went on to be listed as an inspiration to a generation of classic rockers.

As a player, he backed stars like Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and enjoyed a successful solo career that included the ‘Guitar Boogie Shuffle’ record. Weedon died at his home in Beaconsfield, England on April 20, succumbing to an illness he’d been battling for quite some time. He was 91-years-old.