I'd never heard the name "Bert Weedon" until I heard the Bonzo Dog Band's immortal song "We Are Normal" in the late '60s or early '70s.
It's toward the end of the song, when after one of the many times they shout, "We are normal and we want our freedom," one of the Bonzos proclaims, "We are normal and we dig Bert Weedon."
I didn't know who he was, but I figured Weedon was some obscure Brit celebrity -- and that it probably wasn't "normal" to dig him
Decades later I stumbled across a used CD compilation of Weedon's music.
And damn if I didn't dig him too.
Weedon was born 98 years ago today in London. He died in 2012, just shy of 92. He started his musical career as a teen in the 1930s. In 1959 he became the first solo guitarist to have a hit in the British charts.
Besides his recordings, Weedon was influental as the author of guitar instruction books like Play in a Day and Play Every Day.
Here are some Weedon songs in honor of his birthday.
In conclusion, The Bonzo Dog Band stands by its original contention.
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