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Duane Eddy R.I.P.

Early rock’n’roll guitar pioneer Duane Eddy has passed away:

Duane Eddy, a pioneering guitar hero whose reverberating electric sound on instrumentals such as “Rebel Rouser” and “Peter Gunn” helped put the twang in early rock ‘n’ roll and influenced George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and countless other musicians, has died at age 86.

Eddy died of cancer Tuesday at the Williamson Health hospital in Franklin, Tennessee, according to his wife, Deed Abbate.

Ritchie Blackmore responded to his death:

Just heard about the passing of the wonderful Duane Eddy who was my first guitar idol with songs like Rebel Rouser, Shazam, Some Kind Of Earthquake. I would always rush out and buy his long playing records. My favorite all time tune from him was The Lonely One.

He was a brilliant guitarist in his own right. He was the first guitar player with that deep bass sound which I loved. Unfortunately, I never saw him live, although I tried to see him playing on a couple of occasions. One particular time, when I was 12, I went to London airport to meet him. I sat there for hours waiting, so I could get a glimpse of him. After 2-3 hours, I asked the ground staff what time his plane would be in as it was obviously delayed. They told me his plane actually came in early and I missed him. That was my first of many futile attempts to see him. But I would play his music night and day.

He was very kind to me last year, because I had missed him on so many occasions, he sent me a Gretsch Guitar as a present for Christmas. I couldn’t believe it.

He will always be my number one inspiration from the time I took up the guitar until now. He was so unique in his playing.

The world has lost a great guitar player. A truly unique guitar player.

Our hearts are with Deed and his family.

Thanks to Blabbermouth for the info.

4 Comments to “Duane Eddy R.I.P.”:

  1. 1
    Uwe Hornung says:

    RIPnRoll for the man who invented platform crowd surfing long before KISS …


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    Uwe Hornung says:



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    MacGregor says:

    Vale Duane Eddy, a wonderful player indeed. That sound, the melody & what an influence. The Doors Riders on the Storm is influenced from that Ghost Riders tune. Peter Gunn & that twang. A nice tribute from Ritchie. RIP

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    Gregster says:

    RIP !

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