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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include the late Chet Atkins, who was born in 1924; Billy Guy of the Coasters in 1936 (age 66); Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys in 1942 (age 60); Anne Murray in 1946 (age 56); Bob Andrews, of Brinsley Schwarz as well as The Rumour
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 15 through June 21.
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Country Music News

TODAY IN COUNTRY MUSIC HISTORY (Fri., April 26) Cecil Null was born in 1927. Johnny Mosby was born in 1933. Duane Eddy was born in 1938. Roy Acuff returned to the Grand Ole Opry as host of the Royal Crown Cola Show in 1947.
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Friday, April 26, the 116th day of 2002 with 249 to follow. This is Arbor Day. The moon is full. There are no morning stars.
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 26) Today's birthdays include Maurice Williams of the Zodiacs, who was born in 1938 (age 64); Duane Eddy was also born in 1938 (age 64); ...
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(April 20) Today's birthdays include country's Johnny Tillotson, who was born in 1939 (age 63); Jimmy Winston of Small Faces in 1945 (age 57); ...
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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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Today In Music: A look back at pop music

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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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