Ronnie Hazlehurst – Last of the Summer Wine

The Last of the Summer Wine (tab)

The saddest passing of 2007 was that of theme tune legend Ronnie Hazlehurst. He wrote the theme tunes of a great raft of shows from the 70s and 80s (none of which will mean much to you if you live outside the UK). Watch Matt Berry (IT Crowd, Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace) talk about him and play a note perfect rendition of the Sorry! theme tune.

Hazlehurst’s theme tune for Last of the Summer Wine is the sound of death to me. The show follows three pensioners as they shuffle around the Yorkshire Dales doing nothing much in particular. It has been shown on the BBC every Sunday evening for the last 300 years. Because of this (and because Hazlehurst did a great job with the tune) the opening credits of Last of the Summer Wine always give me that little-death feeling you get on a Sunday night (and not the sexy French kind) before you have to go back to the grind on a Monday morning.

Thanks to the crawling pace, it’s simple to play. Most of the notes are open or part of the chords (F, Bb, C and Gm). There’s a trip up to the Gm at the fifth fret, but other than that it’s plain sailing.

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