Guitar Legend Duane Eddy Has Died

The twangy six-stringer was 86

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BY Alex HudsonPublished May 2, 2024

Legendary rock 'n' roll guitarist Duane Eddy has died. He was 86, and died of cancer on Tuesday (April 30) at Williamson Health hospital in Franklin, TN.

A representative told Variety, "Duane inspired a generation of guitarists the world over with his unmistakable signature 'Twang' sound. He was the first rock and roll guitar god, a truly humble and incredible human being. He will be sorely missed." His wife Deed and family were at his side when he died.

Known for his influential twangy sound, Eddy rose to prominence in the late '50s and early '60s. His instrumental hits included "Rebel-'Rouser," "Peter Gunn" and "Because They're Young." He influenced George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen, John Fogerty and many others.

Eddy's most recent album was 2011's Road Trip. His final shows were in October 2018, following his 80th birthday.

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