Duane Eddy’s Twang + Strings

In 1965 Duane Eddy would release a pair of tuneful albums on the Colpix label that one can now find smartly packaged together as a single compact disc — Duane a Go-Go [and] Duane Does Dylan.

Duane a Go Go LPDuane Does Dylan LP

Lee Hazlewood would be Duane Eddy’s chief collaborator on both Colpix albums, and the two of them would co-write five songs for Duane a Go-Go,  including my personal favorite, with its magnificent, moody strings — “South Phoenix“:

Duane Eddy Gives Tommy Tedesco A Run for His Money

Duane Eddy     “South Phoenix”     1965

 musician Credits for ‘Duane a go-go’

  •           Bass:   Buddy Wheeler & Jimmy Simmons
  •           Drums:   Jim Troxel
  •           Elec. Guitar:  Duane Eddy & Jimmy Gray
  •           Guitar:   Donnie Owens
  •           Harmonica:   Larry Knechtel
  •           Piano:   Don Robertson & Jimmy Wilcox
  •           Saxophone:   Jim Horn

Duane Eddy 45“South Phoenix” would see release in the US, UK, Australia & New Zealand as the B-side of the album’s kick-off tune, “Trash” — a single that was a Billboard Magazine Spotlight Single “predicted to reach the Hot 100 Chart” for the week of July 3, 1965 (though it appears not to have charted).