On April 20, 2012, Herbert Maurice William ‘Bert’ Weedon, died aged 91. He was guitarist whose style of playing was popular and influential during the 1950s and 1960s. “Play in a Day” record sold over two million copies and became the first hit record in the UK Singles Chart recorded by a guitarist. His “Play in a Day” guitar guide influenced many musicians, including Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Brian May, Dave Davies, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, Keith Richards, Pete Townshend and Tony Iommi. In 2001, for his services to music, Weedon was awarded an OBE.
On December 26, 1999, Curtis Lee Mayfield died aged 57. He was composer, singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer, regarded as one of the most influential musicians and composers in soul and politically conscious African-American music. He started the career in a gospel choir, gained wide recognition as member and main composer of The Impressions, and later had a successful solo career. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked his 1965 song “People Get Ready” at number 24 on its list of the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. The same song was also included in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll”, and in 1998 was inducted into the “Grammy Hall of Fame”. His album with the soundtrack for the 1972 movie “Super Fly” was ranked at number 72 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”. In 1994, Mayfield won a “Grammy Legend Award” in and a “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” in 1995. In 1991, he was inductee into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of the Impressions, and in 1999 as a solo artist.