Related article: Peter Gunn
"I have never met Duane Eddy but he remains one of my greatest heroes. At times of stress our home throbs to his 'Hard Times', 'Movin N' Groovin' or 'Three-30-Blues'. " (Duane Eddy: More New Numbers, Less Old Hat, Independent On Sunday, 8 April 1990, as reprinted in Olivetti Chronicles, Corgi edition, p.96).
Duane Eddy (1938- ) is a guitarist from New York with a distinctive and much copied 'twangy' sound, produced by playing lead on a guitar's bass strings. allmusic.com claim that he was prehaps the most successful instrumental rocker of his time and arguably shares credit with Chuck Berry for popularising the electric guitar on pop records. His LP The Twang's The Thang gave JP a ready-made catchphrase, and he has had equal chart success in the US and USA with a succession of memorable instrumentals, including Movin' N' Groovin and Rebel Rouser (both 1958), Forty Miles Of Bad Road, Because They're Young (long used as Johnnie Walker's theme tune) and most famously Peter Gunn. The latter, in a duet with the Art Of Noise, became a worldwide hit in 1986 many years after the original and introduced Eddy to a new audience.
JP's introduction to the man and his music appeared to be Rebel Rouser, which he claimed was a logical extension of the 'twangy' guitar in Jody Reynolds' Endless Sleep and the answer to his prayers. In Peeling Back The Years he chose Hard Times as an example of Eddy's work, but had also been terminally smitten with Peter Gunn, citing Duane's solo entry mid-record as one of the greatest moments in popular music. Indeed on 09 February 1981 he went further and claimed it to be the supreme achievement of the 20th century. As professed above, he found great solace in Eddy's style in general. However his later efforts in the wake of Gunn's latter-day success did not please him: 1987's Duane Eddy employed a star-studded line-up to, John felt, no good effect:
"When the LP was released it sold well but since first putting on my metaphorical wellingtons for a tentative tiptoe through the celebs, I have never listened to it again." 
He later expanded on this view:
"I'm a great admirer of the firmly and resolutely struck twangy guitar, and particularly of the work of Duane Eddy, the past work of him, but of course the most recent LP that he made is one of those things that I read about in the music papers: it said something like, "The good news: there's going to be a new Duane Eddy LP. The bad news is, George Harrison's written a song for it, and Eric Clapton's going to guest on it", and all this kind of stuff, and of course the consequent LP was just muck. I mean, it sold enormously well, but it was unlistenable, in my view. What I'd really like to happen is for someone to kind of kidnap him and take him into a studio, as they should have done with Elvis, frankly, kidnap him and take him into a studio somewhere and just make him do stuff in a simple, straightforward way, you know, without, "Hey! Let's put strings on this one, or let's get George to play sitar on this track," and all that, which is completely superfluous and obviously horrible really." 
Moreover, news of an impending tour (which nevertheless turned out better than Peel feared) did not impress:
"He's going to be touring Britain in April: I know he'll be awful because it'll be all kind of slushy stuff, you know, and he'll do one or two of the old hits put together as a medley played slightly too fast, and then after that, "Ladies and gentlemen, would you put your hands together for a great friend of mine, Mr. Eric Clapton!" It'll happen, it's bound to happen."' 
Festive Fifty Entries
- One and only session. Recorded 1974-07-29, first TX 30 July 1974, repeated 15 October 1974. No known commercial release.
- Cannonball Rag / Dance To The Guitar Man / The Lonely One
"Then, on the 29th of July, 74, I recorded Duane Eddy in Langham 1. Being a US citizen, he had come in as a self-accompanying musician, but was backed by a British band. He was booked for sessions for both Peel and one of the daytime Radio 1 shows. Duane Eddy was one of my boyhood heroes and, although many of the contemporary musicians that I worked with - some of whom subsequently became huge names - impressed me a great deal, there is something very special about meeting a childhood hero. Duane was initially very quiet, but when he realised that I was going to get him a good sound, and that I had no objection to him setting the equaliser on the channel controlling his guitar sound - he turned out to be a very friendly guy. The track I remember the most - one of my favourite Duane Eddy classics - was '(Dance With The) Guitar Man.' It sounded great! He also played a Chet Atkins-like number called 'Cannonball Rag' - all finger pickin' and down home! He really wanted to turn in a good performance on that one, and I got the impression that it was the kind of track that would impress his peers back home. It was certainly more musically accomplished than the hits he made famous in the '50s - but I was more excited by the twangy classics." (Bill Aitken, Inside The John Peel Sessions, Starry Eyed And Laughing.)
Other Shows Played
This list is of other Eddy material not covered by Peter Gunn
- 22 August 1972: 'Movin' N' Groovin' (LP-Movin' N' Groovin')' (London)
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 1 (1972, unknown date): '3.30 Blues (LP-Movin' N' Groovin')' (London)
- Radio Luxembourg Tracklistings 2 (1972, unknown date): 'Tiger Love And Turnip Greens (LP-The Twang's The Thang)' (Jamie)
- 03 July 1973: 'Especially For You'
- 17 July 1973: 'Detour'
- 19 July 1973: 'I Almost Lost My Mind (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (Jamie)
- 02 October 1973: Guitar'd And Feathered (LP - "Twangin'" Up A Storm!) RCA Victor
- 21 February 1974: unknown
- 22 January 1979: unknown
- 01 February 1979 (Paul Gambaccini): Hard Times (album - Especially For You)
- 14 February 1979: 'Hard Times'
- 07 January 1980: 'Rebel Rouser (LP-A Million Dollars Worth Of Twang)
- 07 January 1980: 'Movin' N' Groovin' (LP-A Million Dollars Worth Of Twang)'
- 09 January 1980 (BFBS): 'Forty Miles Of Bad Road'
- 23 September 1980: 'Because They're Young (7")' (London)
- 25 September 1980: Movin' And Groovin' (7") London
- 29 September 1980: Some Kinda Earthquake
- 04 October 1980 (BFBS): Movin' And Groovin' (7") London
- 09 February 1981: 'Yep'
- 16 February 1981: 'I Almost Lost My Mind (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)'
- 21 July 1981: Cannonball
- 21 October 1981: 'Shazam'
- 04 May 1982: 'Tiger Love And Turnip Greens (LP-The Twang's The Thang)'
- 04 May 1982: 'Blueberry Hill'
- 28 July 1983: 'Hard Times'
- 17 May 1984: 'Movin' N' Groovin'
- 30 May 1984: 'Hard Times'
- 12 February 1985: 'Movin' N' Groovin'
- 26 February 1986: Rebel Rouser (7") London
- 26 March 1986: Movin' 'N' Groovin'
- 26 March 1986: Drivin' Home
- March 1986 (Radio Bremen): Some Kind-A Earthquake
- 05 May 1986: Tiger Love And Turnip Dreams (album - The "Twangs" The "Thang") London HA-W 2236
- 30 July 1986: Put A Little Love In Your Heart (v/a LP - Boss Twang) Charly
- 23 September 1986: Hard Times
- 18 December 1986 (Andy Kershaw): Movin' 'N' Groovin'
- 03 November 1987: Ramrod (7") Jamie
- 07 November 1987 (Radio Bremen): Hard Times (album - Especially For You) London
- 07 November 1987 (Radio Bremen): Just Because (album - Especially For You) London
- 23 November 1987: Rebel Rouser (v/a LP - The Cruisin' Story 1958) One Day Music
- 25 January 1988: Lonesome Road
- 06 February 1988 (Radio Bremen): Three-30-Blues (album - Have 'Twangy' Guitar Will Travel) Jamie
- 12 February 1988 (BFBS) (Peel 080 (BFBS)): 'Peter Gunn (LP-Especially For You)' (Jamie)
- 03 May 1988: Kommotion (LP - Surfin') Jamie
- 16 May 1988: Cannonball
- 06 July 1989: 'Hard Times (LP-Especially For You)' (Jamie)
- 15 July 1989 (BFBS) (Peel 110 (BFBS)): 'Peter Gunn (7")' (London American Recordings)
- 27 July 1989 (Rockradio): 'Hard Times (LP-Especially For You)' (Jamie)
- 11 September 1989: I Almost Lost My Mind
- 08 March 1990: Fuzz (LP - Especially For You) London
- 31 March 1990 (BFBS) (Peel 139 (BFBS)): 'Hard Times (LP-Especially For You)' (London)
- 02 April 1990: I Almost Lost My Mind
- 09 April 1990: Detour
- 18 June 1990: Tiger Love And Turnip Greens (album - The "Twang's" The "Thang") London American Recordings SAH-W 6068
- 09 March 1991: Rebel-'Rouser (album - Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel) Jamie
- 20 April 1991: Peter Gunn (7") London
- 10 November 1991: 'Forty Miles Of Bad Road'
- 07 December 1991: 'Hard Times (LP-Especially For You)' (Jamie)
- 08 December 1991: 'Just Because'
- 02 May 1992: (JP: 'I had a message delivered to me yesterday by PJ Harvey that Gallon Drunk wanted me to play a record by Duane Eddy. I don't suppose for a moment that they're listening, but should they be, I think they'll approve of this next record, although it's not actually by Duane Eddy.')
- 11 September 1992: Renegade (7" promo) Big Tree 157
- 21 November 1992: 'Detour (7")' (London)
- 03 July 1993 (discussing Rollerskate Skinny session): "I have to say that I do prefer it when bands do something which isn’t immediately available on record. What I really want them to do is like covers of Duane Eddy numbers but I realise that’s a little childish and a little unlikely as well."
- 09 July 1993: 'Cannonball (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (Jamie)
- 17 July 1993 (BFBS): 'Cannonball (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (Jamie)
- 20 May 1994: 'Hard Times (CD-Especially For You)' (Bear Family)
- 15 July 1994: 'The Girl On Death Row (7")' (with Lee Hazlewood) (London)
- 16 July 1994 (BFBS): 'The Girl On Death Row (7")' (with Lee Hazlewood) (London)
- 23 September 1994: 'I Almost Lost My Mind (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)'
- 09 December 1994: Dear 53310761 (8xCD - Twangin' From Phoenix To LA) Bear Family
- 10 December 1994: Moovin' & Groovin' (5xCD - Twangin' From Phoenix To LA) Bear Family
- 16 December 1994: Up And Down (5xCD - Twangin' From Phoenix To LA ) Bear Family Records
- 30 December 1994: Detour (5xCD - Twangin' From Phoenix To LA) Bear Family
- 13 January 1995: 'Mason Dixon Lion (5xCD-Twangin' From Phoenix To LA)' (Bear Family)
- 13 January 1995: 'I Almost Lost My Mind (5xCD-Twangin' From Phoenix To LA)' (Bear Family)
- 17 February 1995: 'Cannonball (5xCD-Twangin' From Phoenix To LA)' (Bear Family)
- 24 June 1995 (BFBS): plays track from Doc Watson LP that he bought because Duane was on it and then waxes lyrical about how disappointing it is
- 22 July 1995 (BFBS): 'Caravan (pts 1& 2) (7")' (Parlophone)
- 18 August 1995: 'Cannonball (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (Jamie)
- 26 August 1995 (BFBS): 'Cannonball'
- 28 January 1996 (BFBS): 'Dance With The Guitar Man (7")' (RCA)
- (JP: 'To be honest with you, I never was terrifically keen on this, but sometimes a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do...Duane was just fine, but those howling women I wasn't very keen on.')
- 19 March 1996: 'Cannonball (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (London)
- 03 August 1996:Yip
- 02 December 1997: 'Movin' N' Groovin' (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (London)
- 04 December 1997 (BFBS): 'Movin' N' Groovin' (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (London)
- 11 December 1997 (BFBS): 'Movin' N' Groovin' (LP-Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel)' (London)
- July 1998 (FSK): Three-30-Blues (7" - Yep! / Three-30-Blues) Jamie
- 15 December 1998: Just Because (LP - Especially For You) London
- 24 February 1999: Detour (6xCD: Deep In The Heart Of Twangsville - The Complete RCA Victor Recordings) Bear Family
- 23 March 1999: plays Phil Everly track from LP produced by Duane
- 10 June 1999 (Radio Eins): Drivin' Home
- 30 March 2000: 'Tiger Love And Turnip Greens (LP-The Twang's The Thang)' (London)
- 18 April 2000: 'Theme From Dixie (LP-$1,000,000.00 Worth Of Twang, Vol. II)' (Jamie)
- 06 June 2000: Kommotion (5xCD - Twangin' From Phoenix To L.A.) Bear Family
- 29 November 2000: 'Tiger Love And Turnip Greens (Compilation CD-The Twang's The Thang)' (Bear Family)
- 08 May 2001: 'Yep' (Bear Family)
- 04 June 2002: 'Dance With The Guitar Man (Compilation LP-Land Of A Thousand Dances Vol. 2)' (Ace)
- 10 July 2002: 'Shazam (7")' (London)
- 15 August 2002: 'Dixie (LP-That Classic Twang)' (Bear Family)
- 06 September 2002 (BBC World Service): 'Dixie (LP-That Classic Twang)' (Bear Family)
- 01 January 2003: 'Hard Times (LP-Especially For You)' (Jamie)
- 27 February 2003: 'Caravan (Part 1)' (Parlophone)
- 24 February 2004: 'Lonesome Road (5xCD-Twangin' From Phoenix To LA)' (Bear Family)
- 22 June 2004: plays track by Al Casey which imitates Eddy's style: in fact, JP adds that some people believed he was on some of Duane's earlier records
- John Peel - Bow Wow Wow - 81: 'Yep'