Posts filed under ‘Twang’

Rear View Mirror #3: Raunchy

“Raunchy” was a 1957 instrumental track by composer/arranger Bill Justis that peaked at #2 on the US charts. It went on to become a staple number for instrumental guitar bands like the Ventures and Duane Eddy. It is also famous as the song George Harrison used to audition for the Beatles. Later in his career, Bill Justis composed film scores — including “Smoky and the Bandit”.

June 7, 2016 at 6:09 am 1 comment

The Lonely One

This was a top-40 hit for Duane Eddy in 1959.

June 6, 2016 at 1:39 pm 1 comment

Rebel Rouser

This was a top-ten hit for Duane Eddy in 1958 and is possibly his best-remembered track. My arrangement hews fairly closely to the original except for a few rhythmic diversions and one verse in a minor key.

June 5, 2016 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Last Date

“Last Date”, as written and performed by Floyd Cramer, peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot #100 in 1960. It is likely you recognize it. Perhaps you think you’ve never heard him. Well, you have. Floyd Cramer was the pianist on Elvis’ “Heartbreak Hotel” and played on countless Nashville sessions. He is widely recognized as having “written the book” on country piano. There would be no Chuck Leavell without Floyd Cramer.

“Last Date” was covered by many artists, including Duane Eddy and the Ventures.

My arrangement attempts to make the tune into a guitar number.

May 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Because They’re Young

Duane Eddy’s biggest-ever hit was with this tune in 1960. It is the theme from the movie of the same name: a 1960 film from Columbia Pictures, starring Dick Clark as Neil Hendry, an American high school teacher who tries to make a difference in the lives of his students. The film co-starred Tuesday Weld, Michael Callan, Warren Berlinger, Roberta Shore, Doug McClure, and Victoria Shaw. Duane Eddy and James Darren had cameo roles as themselves.

April 27, 2016 at 5:48 pm Leave a comment

“In the Shadows” Playlist

Here is a playlist with all 25 songs from my “In the Shadows” project: 24 covers and 1 original tune all in sixties guitar rock style.

April 23, 2016 at 1:52 pm Leave a comment

Forty Miles of Bad Road

This was a top-ten hit for twang-master Duane Eddy in 1959.

April 21, 2016 at 2:40 pm Leave a comment

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