80-Year-Old Bob Wood Shreds “Besame Mucho” in Nashville Guitar Shop

October 21st, 2014

By Damian Fanelli

If you’re a member of at least two or three guitar-centric Facebook groups, it’s likely the video below has shown up on your news feed at least 12 times.

It shows an 80-year-old guitarist by the name of Bob Wood performing “Bésame Mucho” on an Epiphone archtop (Looks like a Sheraton to me; someone please feel free to chime in, in the comments).

The video was shared yesterday, October 8, by British Audio Service in Nashville, with the header, “This guy rules. Mr. Bob Wood, ladies and gentlemen.”

Update (October 21): Since then, the original post has garnered about a million views, making Wood something of an internet sensation. To see what all the fuss is about, check out the clip below. “Bésame Mucho” (aka “Kiss me a lot”) was written in 1940 by Consuelo Velázquez. It was a staple of the Beatles’ early shows at the Cavern and in Hamburg.

According to Melanie Wood Moody, one of Bob’s nine children, he was signed as a regular performer at Jamboree USA in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1970, and performed for 10 years. In the mid-Seventies, he was named Entertainer of the Year by Eastern States Country Music Inc. In 2007, he was inducted into The Southern Legends Country Music Hall of Fame. He has several albums to his name, including Bob Wood Plays It Cool.

For more about British Audio Service, head to britishaudioservice.com. We love guitar shops — and we love Nashville!

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Comments

  1. Posted by velvet powell on October 24th, 2014, 16:55 [Reply]

    I really liked listening to you play I want to hear more, my dad use to pick and play the guitar I miss that so much. But now another member of my family play’s and sings and I like hearing them

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