Duane Eddy, 1938-2024

If you ask the proverbial man on the street to name the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll, chances are they’d first mention Elvis, and then Chuck Berry, and then maybe Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, and Buddy Holly, before working their way to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. But no discussion of the pioneers of this great American music genre would be complete without a hat tip to Duane Eddy, the first solo rock ‘n’ roll guitar star — or, in the more immodest words of singer-songwriter John Fogerty, “the first rock ‘n’ roll guitar god.”

Duane Eddy, who died on April 30 in Franklin, Tennessee, at 86, may have single-handedly created the electric guitar craze in the United States. He can also be credited for having introduced the “twang”
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