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Farewell to Lennon's favourite guitarist.

MUSICIANS will gather to celebrate the life of Brendan McCormack today.

The man named by John Lennon as the guitarist who most influenced him was a familiar face on the Liverpool music scene.

A hugely popular musician and teacher, Brendan was born on Scotland Road and always counted Liverpool as his home.

He died earlier this month, aged 64, of a heart attack.

During the 50s and 60s, he played at The Cavern alongside the Merseybeat legends with his band Rikki and the Redstreaks - the young John Lennon's favourite group.

Today, musicians from around the country will gather at the Palm House, in Sefton Park to remember, Brendan's contribution to guitar music.

His friend and pupil Paul Balmer will be among them.

"Brendan touched so many people in all genres of music," said Paul.

"He will be very sadly missed."

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Date:Mar 30, 2009
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