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Tammy

This is my instrumental cover of “Tammy“, which was written by composer Jay Livingston with lyrics by Ray Evans. It was published in 1957 and made its debut in the film Tammy and the Bachelor. It was nominated for the 1957 Oscar for Best Original Song. “Tammy” is heard in the film in two versions. The one that became a number one hit single for Debbie Reynolds in 1957 is heard midway through the film. The version that used for the film’s main titles was a hit for the Ames Brothers.

In 1961, Duane Eddy used the song as the “B-side” for his single “Drivin’ Home”. The Ventures also recorded a version which can be found on the collection, “In the Vaults Vol. 2”.

February 8, 2020 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

Eddy-fication

“Eddy-fication” is an original instrumental in early 60’s guitar rock style. For this tune I tried to create what might have been a tribute to Duane Eddy by the Ventures.

November 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

Detour

“Detour” is a Western swing ballad written by Paul Westmoreland in 1945. The first recording was by Jimmy Walker with Paul Westmoreland and His Pecos River Boys, released in November 1945.

Patti Page released a version in 1951that first entered the Billboard chart on August 4, 1951, and stayed for 16 weeks – peaking at number five.

Duane Eddy recorded an instrumental version on his 1958 album “Have ‘Twangy Guitar Will Travel”. It was also used as the “b-side” to his 1959 single “The Lonely One”.

My arrangement is based on the Duane Eddy version.

May 19, 2018 at 10:47 am Leave a comment

Big Dog Boogie

Back in the fifties and sixties when people regularly bought albums as well as singles, the album “filler” track became a staple of the recording industry. Often put together on the fly and as an afterthought when the probable “hits” had been completed, these “filler” tracks occasionally took on a life of their own. Their unexpected popularity may have resulted from the uninhibited improvisations that often created them.

This is how “Big Dog Boogie” felt to me as I started noodling the main riff. Simple yet catchy, all it needed was some solos and a “B” section. Careful not to overthink it, I quickly threw together a bridge.

This is the result. I hope you like it.

September 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm Leave a comment

Twang Bang

“Twang Bang” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

August 20, 2017 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

Twang Chaser

“Twang Chaser” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

August 15, 2017 at 7:55 am Leave a comment

Twing, Twang, Twung

“Twing, Twang, Twung” is an original instrumental that combines elements of the styles of Duane Eddy, the Ventures, and the Shadows. All three are artists I’ve spent considerable time studying.

The most prominent lead instrument is the baritone guitar.

 

July 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Twangin’ Twice

“Twangin’ Twice” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

It features “dueling guitars” in a call & response setting.

July 17, 2017 at 1:36 pm Leave a comment

Eddy-fied

“Eddy-fied” is an original instrumental in the late-50’s early 60’s style of guitar twangmaster Duane Eddy — who together with producer Lee Hazlewood — put together a string of 27 Hot-100 hits between 1958 and 1964.

July 13, 2017 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’

Movin’ ‘n’ Groovin’ was Duane Eddy’s first single, released in 1958. It only reached #72 on the Billboard Hot 100, but set the stage for his future success: his next release, Rebel Rouser, went to #6 that same year.

The Ventures covered the tune in 1962.

In my arrangement I tried to include elements of Duane Eddy’s style as well as the Ventures and surf guitar music in general.

January 13, 2017 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

Blue Bari

“Blue Bari” is an original composition. I set out to write a Duane Eddy type tune featuring bluesy licks my baritone guitar. The recording does feature the baritone, but the feel of the track turned out to be more Bill Doggett-style honky-tonk.

October 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Rebel Walk

“Rebel Walk” was a track on Duane Eddy’s 1960 album “The Twangs the Thang”. My version borrows the main riff, 12-bar form and shuffle feel, but little else. It should still be recognizable as a Duane Eddy style number, however — featuring a baritone guitar and plenty of twangy rockabilly.

September 12, 2016 at 5:41 pm Leave a comment

Tiger Love and Turnip Greens

“Tiger Love and Turnip Greens” was the 2nd cut on Duane Eddy’s 1960 Album ” The ‘Twangs’ the ‘Thang’ “. Written by Eddy and producer Lee Hazlewood, it is a foot-stomper. The original features Eddy on a baritone guitar. My arrangement also incorporates a baritone guitar, but also adds a few things.

August 11, 2016 at 2:17 pm Leave a comment

Unchained Melody

“Unchained Melody” is a 1955 song with music by Alex North and lyrics by Hy Zaret.It has since become one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century. The title is the result of the music serving as a theme for the little-known prison film Unchained. In 1955, three versions of the song (Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, Roy Hamilton) charted in the Billboard Top 10 in the United States. Ten years later the Righteous Brothers version topped out at #4. There are also versions by Duane Eddy and the Ventures.

 

 

June 26, 2016 at 2:32 pm Leave a comment

Trambone

“Trambone” was a track on Chet Atkins’ 1962 album “Back Home”. It went on to become one of his signature tunes. Duane Eddy and the Ventures covered it as well.

June 25, 2016 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

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