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1994 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Duane Eddy Playing Guitar

Duane Eddy

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  • Year:
    1994
  • Inducted by:
    Mick Jones (Foreigner)
  • Category:
    Performers
Duane Eddy

Hall of Fame Essay

1994

Michael Hill

Forget grunge and consider twang.

Twang, according to Webster’s, is, among other things, “a harsh ringing sound like that of a plucked bowstring.” Twang, according to Duane Eddy, is a reverberating, bass-heavy guitar sound bolstered by primitive studio wizardry.

Concocted by Eddy and producer Lee Hazelwood in 1957 in Phoenix, AZ, twang came to represent a walk on the wild side, late fifties-style: the sound of revved-up hotrods, for of rebels with or without a cause, an echo of the  wild west on the frontier of rock & roll. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program 1994
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Mick Jones Inducting Duane Eddy into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Duane Eddy was something unreal to us.

Mick Jones (Foreigner)

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