Duane Eddy is a Grammy Award-winning American Guitarist. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Billboard Magazine has claimed that he is the Number One Rock and Roll Instrumentalist of all time. He had at least 15 top forty hits between the years of 1958 and 1963. He has a deep “twangy” sound that is produced by playing the guitar’s bass strings.
Duane Eddy was born in Corning, New York on April 26, 1938. He began to play his guitar when he was five years old. When he was thirteen years old, he and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona. When he turned sixteen, he dropped out of high school, and started performing locally with his Chet Atkins model Gretsch guitar. He met Al Casey in 1955 that was a multi-instrumentalist, and during this time was when he came up with his own technique of playing lead on his guitar’s bass strings that produced the low, “twangy” sound. In 1957, Eddy met Lee Hazelwood and they co wrote the song “Movin’ and Groovin”, which was lifted for the Beach Boys five years later to open “Surfin’ U.S.A.”. The song was sent to Dick Clark, and Duane Eddy signed a contract with Jamie Records. His single “Rebel Rouser” ended up reaching the Top Ten in 1958. The next song that hit the top ten singles was fifty years ago today on June 29, 1959. The song was “Forty Miles of Bad Road”. Duane Eddy had some other songs that were popular. They were Peter Gunn, Cannonball, and Shazam
In 1962, Duane Eddy left Hazelwood and Jamie Records and signed on with RCA Records. He ended up recording “The Palladin Ballad” which was the theme song for the CBS television network western series, “Have Gone Will Travel”. In the late 1960’s, he started having little success. He played a role in the 1968 movie “The Savage Seven” and then he moved to California. He also produced Phil Everly’s album in 1973 called Star Spangled Springer. In 1976, he moved to Lake Tahoe and in 1975 he had a hit that was backed by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, “You are my Sunshine”.
Duane Eddy started to play again performing live in 1983 with Ry Cooder and Steve Douglas. Then in 1986, he had some guest contributions for their “Peter Gunn” hit which were Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ry Cooder, and Jeff Lynne. They helped him produce a 1987 album.
Duane Eddy won some other awards besides the 1994 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are Number one world musical personality in the NME Poll for the United Kingdom in 1960, Grammy Winner Best Rock Instrumental for Peter Gunn in 1986, a Rockwalk Induction in 1997, received “Chetty” award by Chet Atkins in 2000, received a Legend Award in 2004 by Guitar Player Magazine, and became a Musicians Hall of Fame Member in 2008.
You can check out Duane Eddy on My Space, he occasionally blogs. You can also listen to some song samples on amazon.com
Listen to Duane Eddy’s song samples: http://www.amazon.com/Dance-Guitar-Man-Twangin-Storm/dp/B0019J34FO
Duane Eddy on My Space: http://www.myspace.com/duaneeddy1