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Duane Eddy

1938

Duane Eddy is born in Corning, New York.

1958

Duane Eddy hits #6 with “Rebel Rouser,” one of the most popular instrumental rock and roll hits of the Fifties.

1958

“Ramrod,” Duane Eddy’s second instrumental hit, enters the Top Forty. A reworked version of a song he’d cut the previous year, it reaches #27.

1958

Duane Eddy hits #15 with “Cannonball”

1959

Duane Eddy’s debut album, Have ‘“Twangy” Guitar – Will Travel,’ is released. It is phenomenally successful, reaching #5 and remaining on the album charts for 82 weeks.

1959

Duane Eddy hits #30 with “Yep!”

1959

“Forty Miles of Bad Road,” by Duane Eddy, enters the singles chart. It will become the guitarist’s second Top Ten hit.

1959

Duane Eddy hits #37 with “Some Kind-A Earthquake”.

1960

Duane Eddy & the Rebels hit #26 with “Bonnie Come Back”.

1960

Duane Eddy and the Rebels hit #4 with “Because They’re Young,” the title song from the movie of the same name.

1960

Duane Eddy & the Rebels hit #27 with “Peter Gunn,” the Henry Mancini-composed theme song from the TV show of the same name.

1961

Duane Eddy hits #39 with “Theme From Dixie”.

1961

“Pepe,” another movie soundtrack title song, puts guitar great Duane Eddy back on the charts for the 11th time in two and a half years.

1962

Duane Eddy hits #33 with “The Ballad of Paladin”.

1962

“Boss Guitar,” Duane Eddy’s 15th Top Forty single in less than five years, enters the charts. It marks the end of an astounding run of instrumental hits for the king of twang.

1986

A reprise of “Peter Gunn,” by the Art of Noise featuring Duane Eddy, returns Eddy to the pop charts for the first time in 24 years. It goes to #8 in the U.K. and peaks at #50 in the U.S.

1994

Duane Eddy is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the ninth annual induction dinner. Mick Jones of Foreigner is his presenter.