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If Duane Eddy's instrumental hits from the late '50s can sound unduly basic and repetitive (especially when taken all at once), he was vastly influential. Perhaps the most successful instrumental rocker of his time, he may have also been the man most responsible (along with Chuck Berry) for popularizing the electric rock guitar. His distinctively low, twangy riffs could be heard on no less than 15 Top 40 hits between 1958 and 1963. He was also one of the first rock stars to successfully crack the LP market.

That low, twangy sound was devised in collaboration with producer Lee Hazlewood, an Arizona disc jockey whom Eddy had met while hanging out at a radio station as a teenager. By the late '50s, Hazlewood had branched out into production. Before Duane began recording, his principal influence had been Chet Atkins, but at Hazlewood's suggestion, he started concentrating on guitar lines at the lower end of the strings. His opening riff of his debut single, "Movin' and Groovin'," would be lifted for the Beach Boys five years later to open "Surfin' U.S.A." It was the next 45, "Rebel Rouser," that would really break up him as a national star, reaching the Top Ten in 1958. Opening with a down-and-dirty, heavily echoed guitar riff, it remains the tune with which he's most often identified.

Eddy's phenomenally successful run of hits over the next few years was to some extent a variation on the "Rebel Rouser" theme. With cowboy whoops from the backup band helping drive things along, they weren't nearly as innovative as work of Link Wray during the same era, but they were much more popular. The singles — "Peter Gunn," "Cannonball," "Shazam," and "Forty Miles of Bad Road" were probably the best — also did their part to help keep the raunchy spirit of rock & roll alive, during a time in which it was in danger of being watered down. Much of that raunch was not solely due to Eddy himself, but to the honking sax solos of Steve Douglas, who would go on to become one of the top session players in the industry. Duane would have his biggest hit, however, in 1960, when he sweetened the twang with strings for the movie theme "Because They're Young."

Eddy's records were also huge influences on legions of budding guitar players. In England, the Shadows no doubt took Eddy as one of their chief inspirations for their spare, moody sound, as one listen to their most famous hit, "Apache," makes obvious. More subtly, his influence can also be heard in the work of George Harrison. For evidence, listen to the growling riffs that decorate the verse of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

Eddy started to lose momentum in the early '60s, and left the Jamie label in 1962 for the much bigger RCA. "(Dance With The) Guitar Man," which featured an atypical chorus of female vocals, would be his last Top 20 hit that same year. His albums — often based on loose themes, like A Million Dollars Worth of Twang, Twisting With Duane Eddy, and Surfing With Duane Eddy — kept him afloat to some degree. But his style doggedly refused evolution, although scattered cuts indicate he was capable of abandoning the twang for more bluesy or straight-out rock sounds. The British Invasion wiped Duane out commercially, although he recorded intermittently over the next couple of decades. In 1986, he enjoyed a brief comeback when the Art of Noise built their "Peter Gunn" hit around his guest contributions; Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ry Cooder, and Jeff Lynne all helped produce a 1987 album. It's that run of late-'50s and early-'60s hits, though, for which he'll principally be remembered.

Title: Look At Me

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Bouquet

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Ruminate

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Pop

Title: Souvenirs Of Summer

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Believe In Santa

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Living For The Moment

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: He's a Rebel

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: In Icy Climes

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Pop

Title: Along

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Best Of Duane Eddy

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Louder Than Words

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Joker

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Truth Matters

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Sight And Sound

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Duckling

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Cards

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Things

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Christmas Magic

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Songs of Our Heritage

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock, Pop

Title: Dually Attired

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Concerto For Harp

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Ask To Dance

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Enjoy It

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Scenic Flight

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: After Work

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: All The Bars

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Blue Man

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Picturesque Landscape

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Super Deluxe Edition

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Pop

Title: Rare Encounter

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Pop

Title: The Best Of

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock, Rock & Roll

Title: Navigator

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Ultimate Top Hits

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Bridge

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Pop

Title: Conversation With

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Brave Heart

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Catch

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Double Decker

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Empire

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Title: Get Faster

Artist: Duane Eddy

Genre: Rock

Collections

Title: 60's Party Dances

Genre: Pop

Title: One for the Road

Genre: Rock

Title: Jazz and Lounge

Genre: Jazz

Title: Death Songs

Genre: Rock

Title: Rock & Roll vol 2

Genre: Rock

Title: A Rock & Roll Era

Genre: Pop

Title: Mega Hits, Vol. 5

Genre: Pop

Featuring albums

Title: 50s Jukebox Hits

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: The Solid 50's

Artist: The Solid 50's

Genre: Pop

Title: Teen Idols

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Pop

Title: Rock & Roll Party

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: Brit Pop Party

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock, Pop

Title: Rock's Pioneers

Artist: Various Artists

Genre: Rock

Title: The Twang Gang

Artist: Donnie Owens

Genre: Rock, Country

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