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CLEVELAND, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- A wealth of notable guitar players will gather in Cleveland this weekend to pay tribute to pioneering player and inventor Les Paul.

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Today's birthdays include Maurice Williams of the Zodiacs, who was born in 1938 (age 65); Duane Eddy was also born in 1938 (age 55); Bobby Rydell in 1942 (age 61); Gary Wright, who was with Spooky Tooth before going solo...
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Vassar Clements born in Kinard, Fla., 1928. Willie Nelson performs for President Carter at the White House, 1978.
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Today's birthdays include country music pioneer Grandpa (Louis Marshall) Jones in 1913, country's Wanda Jackson, who was born in 1937 (age 65); Jay Siegel of The Tokens in 1939 (age 63), drummer Ric Lee of 10 Years After in 1945 (age 57); Larry Gonsky of
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Duane Eddy (born April 26, 1938) is a Grammy Award-winning American guitarist. In the late 1950s and early 1960s he had a string of hit records, produced by Lee Hazlewood, which were noted for their characteristically "twangy" sound, including "Rebel Rouser", "Peter Gunn", and "Because They're Young". He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Born in Corning, New York, he began playing the guitar at the age of five. In 1951 his family moved to Tucson, and then to Coolidge, Arizona. At the age of 16 he obtained a Chet Atkins model Gretsch guitar, and formed a duo, Jimmy and Duane, with his friend Jimmy Delbridge (who later recorded as Jimmy Dell). While performing at local radio station KCKY they met disc jockey Lee Hazlewood, who produced the duo's single, "Soda Fountain Girl", recorded and released in 1955 in Phoenix. Hazlewood then produced Sanford Clark's 1956 hit, "The Fool", featuring guitarist Al Casey, while Eddy and Delbridge performed and appeared on radio stations in Phoenix before joining Buddy Long's Western Melody Boys, playing country music in and around the city.

Eddy devised a technique of playing lead on his guitar's bass strings to produce a low, reverberant "twangy" sound. In November 1957, Eddy recorded an instrumental, "Moovin' n' Groovin'", co-written by Eddy and Hazlewood. As the Phoenix studio had no echo chamber, Hazlewood bought a 2,000 gallon water storage tank which he used as an echo chamber to accentuate the "twangy" guitar sound. Eddy signed a contract with Philadelphia-based Jamie Records. "Moovin' n' Groovin'" reached #72 on the Hot 100 in early 1958; the opening riff was copied a few years later by The Beach Boys on "Surfin' U.S.A.". For the follow-up, "Rebel-'Rouser", the record featured overdubbed saxophone by Los Angeles session musician Gil Bernal and yells and handclaps by doo-wop group The Rivingtons. The tune became Eddy's big, breakthrough hit, reaching #6 on the chart.

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