Hello, Duane Eddy was born on April 26, 1938 in Corning, New York. He began playing guitar at the age of five. When he was 13 he moved to Tucson, then to Coolidge, Arizona. In 1955 he moved to Phoenix and began a long and very successful association with producer/songwriter Lee Hazlewood. Duane’s backing band The Rebels included top sessionmen, Larry Knechtel-piano, Plas Johnson, Jim Horn and Steve Douglas on sax, Al Casey, his wife Corki and Donnie Owens on guitar, Jimmy Troxel and Mike Bermani on drums.
His first he recorded an instrumental, MOOVIN’ N’ GROOVIN’ on Jamie Records, a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based record company. The single made its Billboard Top 100 debut on March 17, 1958 and became a modest hit, charting at #72 on the Top 100. Duane’s follow-up record made him a household name in the world of pop music. In June of 1958 his classic recording of REBEL-‘ROUSER made its chart debut. Billed on most of his recordings as Duane Eddy His “Twangy Guitar” And The Rebels, the single became one of the biggest hits in the US, charting at #6 and remaining on the Top 100 for 14 weeks. The “B” side, STALKIN’, did not chart. The yells and the hand claps on REBEL-‘ROUSER are by the R&B group, The Rivingtons.
His big hit became the beginning of a run of hit singles and albums that would continue through 1970. Classic hits like, CANNONBALL, FORTY MILES OF BAD ROAD, BECAUSE THEY’RE YOUNG, PETER GUNN, PEPE, THE BALLAD OF PALADIN, (DANCE WITH THE) GUITAR MAN and a new version of PETER GUNN, with the Art of Noise in 1986 would follow. Duane would chart 32 hit singles on the Billboard pop chart and many hit albums. His first album “Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel” was released in 1959 and peaked at #5 on the album chart, remaining on the chart for 82 weeks.
Duane Eddy’s records were extremely popular in the UK. In 1960, readers of the UK’s, New Musical Express voted him “World’s Number One Musical Personality, replacing Elvis Presley at the top. He was inducted in to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Won a Grammy Award in 1986 for “Instrumental of The Year” for Peter Gunn, with the Art of Noise. The awards he has received would fill a room by themselves. One of his biggest awards was his records…the award in the amount of records sold in his long career…over 100 million Duane Eddy records sold…the most by any instrumentalist in rock history.
Duane’s REBEL-‘ROUSER was the beginning of those wonderful hit records and albums to follow. His rockin’ instrumental hits are an important part of the music and the wonderful memories from the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.