Duane Eddy Appearing on Hullabaloo at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in 1963

Rebel Rouser
#6 in 1958


Duane Eddy was born April 26, 1938, in Corning, New York. Eddy introduced a unique, twangy sound to Rock and Roll guitar, his songs had evocative titles like, "Rebel Rouser", "Forty Miles of Bad Road", "Cannonball", "The Lonely One", "Shazam", and "Some Kind-a Earthquake" (which has the distinction of being the shortest song to ever break into the Top 40, clocking in at 1:17). They were filled with rebel yells and saxophone breaks. The worldwide popularity of these records, beginning with Moovin' and Groovin’ in 1958, broke open the doors for Rock and Roll instrumental music. His band, The Rebels, featured musicians who were to become some of the world's best-known session players. Sax players Steve Douglas and Jim Horn, and pianist Larry Knechtel, have been heard on hundreds of hit records, becoming members of the famous "Wrecking Crew" of Phil Spector in the 1960s, and touring with a very elite group of artists through the years. Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
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