Duane Eddy, guitarist

Duane Eddy

April 26, 1938, Corning, NY

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. ~ Allmusic: Duane Eddy ~ retrieved June 29, 2013 © Allmusic

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Duane Eddy severed his relationship with Gretsch when Fender took over distribution. Consequently there are no more Gretsch Duane Eddy Guitars being made ever again. Which is a real loss because The Duane Eddy Model was one of the stepped up versions and will most definitely be a collectable very valuable guitar. The guitar was introduced in 1997 and by the time they were just starting to ramp up production the model was discontinued. Ed Roman Guitars has 1 in stock and if you are interested it is for sale. Price will escalate depending on how long I have it. ~ Celebrity Rockstar Guitars: Duane Eddy ~ retrieved April 25, 2016 © Celebrity Rockstar Guitars

Duane Eddy ~ Inducted in the 1994 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ Still, the hit streak ended abruptly in 1963, as Eddy became another casualty of the Beatles and the British Invasion bands. While the glory years of 1958 to 1963 are long gone, the sound of Duane Eddy’s guitar has reverberated through the decades. Ironically, George Harrison and Paul McCartney were big fans of Eddy’s and, he recorded with both of them in later years. ~ 1994 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Duane Eddy ~ Rebel Rouser (Eddy/Hazlewood) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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