Sir Paul McCartney has paid tribute to late pioneering British guitarist Bert Weedon, who led the way for The Beatles legend and his peers.
The rocker was the first British guitarist to have a hit on the U.K. singles chart with Guitar Boogie Shuffle in 1959, and inspired a series of musical legends to take up the instrument by writing a tutorial on how to play it.
He died aged 91 at his home in Buckinghamshire, England on Friday (20Apr12) after a long illness, and now MCCartney has paid tribute to Weedon for inspiring him as a youth.
He writes on his official website, "Dear Bert - we will miss him. From early childhood throughout our lives he was Britain's Mr guitar.
"He seemed to be the first person we saw on television showing us how to play and he left a lasting impression on us. We use to joke about how he played a thousand notes a minute but we were always impressed with him.
"Like us, he loved the guitar and communicated that passion to many generations. Bert, we'll miss you."