Legendary Musician Duane Eddy Bow Out @ 86

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Legendary musician and Guitarist Duane Eddy, best known for twangy riffs on hits such as “Rebel Rouser” and “Cannonball,” has died at the age of 86, it has been reported. A representative for Eddy confirmed that he had died, surrounded by his family.


“Duane inspired a generation of guitarists the world over with his unmistakeable signature ‘Twang’ sound. He was the first rock and roll guitar god, a truly humble and incredible human being. He will be sorely missed,” the rep told Variety. CNN has reached out to Eddy’s representatives. The Grammy winner was born in Corning, New York state, on April 26, 1938 and started playing the guitar at the age of five.



Eddy came to prominence in the 1950s and 60s, with a number of chart hits including “Peter Gunn” and “Because They’re Young,” showcasing his distinctive sound. Eddy’s music was also used in movies such as “Natural Born Killers” (1994), “Forrest Gump” (1994) and “Broken Arrow” (1996). He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in 2008.


Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, paid tribute in a statement, saying “the Duane Eddy sound will forever be stitched into the fabric of country and rock & roll.” “Instrumentalists don’t usually become famous. But Duane Eddy’s electric guitar was a voice all its own. His sound was muscular and masculine, twangy and tough. Duane scored more than thirty hits on the pop charts,” said Young.


“But more importantly, his style inspired thousands of hillbilly cats and downtown rockers — the Ventures, George Harrison, Steve Earle, Bruce Springsteen, Marty Stuart, to name a few—to learn how to rumble and move people to their core.”





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