Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Twang Demonium

In 1957 Duane Eddy met discjockey Lee Hazlewood, who became his producer. He asked Al Casey, Larry Knecktall (piano) and Steve Douglas (honking sax solos) to become his back-up group, and dubbed them "The Rebels". They signed a contract with Jamie Records (Philadelphia) in 1958 and he had his first real hit with "Rebel Rouser".Lester Still, Lee Hazlewood's partner at the time, came up with the word "twangy", after which Duane was referred to as "Mr. Twang", or "Duane Eddy and his Twangy Guitar". Duane stayed with Jamie Records until 1962, when he left to join RCA. Songs like « Stalkin’ » & « Peter Gunn » 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…

Duane Eddy - Stalkin'

Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn


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