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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
Introduction

The rock and roll guitar god who invented twang.

Duane Eddy is a guitar hero. His five-year run of thrashing guitar will always be remembered for its dogged refusal to be watered down and its influence on the likes of George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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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