Bert Weedon is one celebrity with a Coventry connection who seems to be little mentioned in Coventry related sites or
I seem to recall my father, who was a Hoover Representative, telling us, in the mid sixites that he'd been to fix Bert Weedon's Vacuum cleaner at his home Allesley Village, Coventry. Although Bert was born in London, I think he was resident in Coventry in the 60's at some stage. However I've found no mention of this anywhere and so I googled it and the only thing I found was a You Tube of Bert and on the comments I found this -
"Don't blame me but I used to cut his hair when he lived in the Allesley village area of Coventry area, I always found him very friendly, good luck Burt where ever you are.. "
You can watch the You Tube here but to see the comment, you'll have to click through to You Tube itself.
CAN ANYBODY THROW ANY LIGHT ON THIS?
Bio (excert from the Independent)
Back in 1957, Bert Weedon was Britain's first rock guitar hero who turned into a cult figure virtually overnight by writing a book that would enable would-be rock kings to learn his strumming technique. The aim of the book, Play in a Day, was set out in its title; someone picking up the guitar for the first time would be able to play something recognisable within a few hours. The book became hugely successful, selling millions of copies worldwide, and helped to produce new generations of rock guitar idols.
When the 12-year-old from London's East End bought a battered guitar from a market stall on Petticoat Lane, he had no idea how big a part the instrument would play in his life. he found an elderly music teacher who showed him how to play some beautiful classical pieces. Weedon, the son of a London Tube driver, had suddenly stumbled on his vocation. He became adept at playing classical, dance, jazz and flamenco - a talent that took him into the leading bands and orchestras of the time. His growing reputation in the Fifties paved the way for him to work with legends such as Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland. With the arrival of rock 'n' roll, record producers turned to Weedon when they wanted a guitarist to back Britain's new stars - he can be heard playing on classic hits by the likes of Billy Fury, Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Tommy Steele, Johnny Kidd and Adam Faith. And when Weedon wasn't in the recording studio working with young rock idols - some of them nearly 20 years younger than himself - he was releasing his own records. Countless teenagers, with dreams of becoming pop stars, tentatively fingered their first guitar strings with Weedon's book, Play in a Day, open in front of them. Some, such as Eric Clapton, Brian May, Pete Townshend, Mike Oldfield and Sting, went on to achieve stardom. Hank Marvin: "In the Sixties, Bruce (Welch, Shadows colleague) and I wrote `Mr Guitar' about Bert Weedon.
Read the full Independant Bio HERE