Duane Eddy - Biography
Duane Eddy (born April 26,
1938) is an American guitarist best known for his "Twangy" guitar
Eddy's career began after he met
Lee Hazlewood, a disc jockey and record producer from Arizona, in
1955. Together, they established a writing and recording partnership
that led to 24 hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After "Movin'
and Groovin'", Eddy released "Rebel Rouser", his signature
breakthrough hit that reached the Top Ten chart in the U.S. in 1958.
"Peter Gunn", "Shazam",
"Cannonball", and "Forty Miles of Bad Road" were some of his most
popular singles to follow. "Because They're Young" (1960) became
Eddy's highest charting hit. He moved to RCA Records in 1962, and
soon released another series of successful singles, including
"(Dance with the) Guitar Man".
Taking a well-earned rest following
the "British Invasion", Duane returned to the charts with top ten
singles in the 1970s and 1980s. His recording of "Peter Gunn", the
theme from the television show of the same name, with British group
Art of Noise, earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental of
Named by Billboard magazine as "The
Number One Rock and Roll Instrumentalist of All Time", Duane Eddy
was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. In June,
2004, he was presented with Guitar Player Magazine's "Legend" Award,
this being only the second time the award has been given. The first
was presented to Duane's guitar hero, Les Paul.
The recently issued Duane Eddy
signature model Gibson guitar, handcrafted by The Gibson
Custom and Historic Division, has received very strong reviews for
its style, tone, and ability to re-create the "twang" heard round
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