The Titan of Twang

Rock the Day Guitar Man

Duane Eddy is born on April 26, 1938 in Corning, N.Y. He is playing guitar by the time he is 5 years old. His family moves to Tucson and then to Coolidge, Arizona, where at age 16 he obtains a Chet Atkins-model Gretsch guitar. While playing on local radio station KCKY Duane meets DJ Lee Hazlewood, who begins to produce and record him at studios in Phoenix. It is here that Eddy develops his signature rich, low, twangy sound. Hazlewood buys a 2,000-gallon water storage tank for use as an echo chamber, and Eddy’s breakthrough hit Rebel Rouser comes in 1958. TV watchers of the era are entranced by his Peter Gunn Theme. His biggest hit is the theme to the 1960 movie Because They’re Young. Eddy is going strong, still with the Atkins-model Gretsch, to this day. Here is Duane Eddy in 2012 with Because They’re Young:

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