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Duane Eddy

Duane Eddy

at the Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, part of the Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2012.

Review published in the Eastern Daily Press, 21 May 2012.

 

Somebody in the crowd flocking to see Duane Eddy in concert expressed surprise that he is still alive! The late 50s/early 60s rock and roll legend, the man voted more popular in the UK in 1960 than Elvis Presley, is very much alive and rocking.

The rebel rouser who invented the ‘guitar twang’ and sold 100 million records gave a command performance of his classic hits, from the first Movin’ & Groovin’, which influenced the early surfing sound, to contemporary songs off his current album, Road Trip.

His influences from country music to rock were evident. He’s worked with and inspired musicians in many genres over the decades; it was easy to see why.

There were instrumental ballads, including First Love, First Tears. He rocked it up with Forty Miles of Bad Road, Ramrod and John Peel favourite, Peter Gunn. He lovingly played the blues backed by his versatile, talented British band.

He paid tribute to former pirate radio DJ Johnnie Walker who used Because They’re Young as his theme tune. This star and his influential music evoke a long gone era, yet can still teach today’s aspiring guitarists a thing or two.

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