Duane Eddy's House of Twang

Lee Hazelwood played guitar ?

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To my surprise I read recently that Lee Hazelwood played guitar ! Did he play on any of Duane's records ? - Did he play as part of his song writing talent or what ?

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I seem to recall Miss Deed saying that he did not do any playing on any recording, but I can't find any mention in past posts. I'm sure he knew a few chords, but when you have The Wrecking Crew and so many gifted players to carry the heavy load, why would you? Here is a link to Nancy Sinatra's site, notes for Nancy & Lee 3 particularly for Duane's mega epic song She Won't.

There is also a great picture of Duane, his 6120 and Nancy. The 6120 is not Duane's original; it's one of the first generation signature Gretsch Duane Eddy models from 1997-8, and it seems he recorded the song with that model. Take the time to go through her site as she is quite the racontour. There is a very funny story about a song Lee wrote about a fight he witnessed between Al Casey and his wife. But don't have your mouth full of coffee as I did. Made a mess all over the desk I laughed so hard.

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I have a clear memory of Duane & The Rebels on American Bandstand in the late Fifties playing "Forty Miles of Bad Road" live with Lee on bass.

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As Lee once said "The way I play guitar has increased piano sales nearly 10% a year" - quote taken from "Lee, Myself & I" by Wyndham Wallace. In 2019 Light in the Attic released an album of tracks by Lee that were probably recorded in 1955/56 and Lee is thought to be playing guitar on these tracks.

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He played on, and produced, Nancy Sinatra's early albums. Most of the licks were pretty simple but ultimately effective.

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Bang Bang (my baby shot me down)

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Lee certainly produced all of Nancy's classic early albums, but is there any evidence that he played on any of the tracks?

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No info about his playing, but I've become a big fan of his later work with Nancy. The Nancy/Lee 3 album has some real gems,it will surprise you if all you know of her are the early hits stuff.


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