The name Duane Eddy is synonymous with legendary. The most successful and influential instrumentalist in rock 'n' roll history, Duane Eddy blended his signature styles of blues, jazz and gospel, to develop a unique rock and roll sound. He used strong, dramatic, single-note melodies, combined with the bending of the low strings to produce a sound unlike anything ever heard before -- Twang.
Duane Eddy was the front guy, the first rock and roll guitar god, said John Fogerty. Here was a guy who was laying down the template for how to get across to the public. Duane's sound and musical influence has been prevalent over the past four decades, as he consistently broke new ground, producing over 25 albums and recording numerous tracks with artists such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. He garnered a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental -- Peter Gunn, and a Grammy Nomination for Best Country Instrumental.
As if he hadn't accomplished more than a lifetime of achievements, Duane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994), and his hit Rebel Rouser was used in the soundtrack for the timeless film Forrest Gump, while producer Oliver Stone picked up The Trembler for his film Natural Born Killers. Duane also joined Academy Award winning composer, Hans Zimmer, on the title song of the soundtrack of Broken Arrow, pieces of which were also used in the movie Scream 2.
Eddy, known as the King of the Twang Guitar and famed for such reverb-soaked rock instrumentals of the 1950s and '60s as Rebel Rouser, Forty Miles of Bad Road, Ramrod and Peter Gunn. The sonic template he created with producer Lee Hazlewood laid a foundation for the surf-music wave that crested shortly after he scored his first hits.