Adaptation of the Literal Translation by Mamoru Ohnishi into lucid English by Arthur Moir (PHD. BSC.)
It was last summer that I dropped into a nightclub named 'The Tiger a Go Go' when I arrived in San Francisco via Hawaii. As I was not trying to compare Japanese and American Music, but rather to investigate the lifestyle and customs of American Teenagers, I could visit any nightclub that was popular with them. The Tiger a Go Go was a club that I happened to find as I was walking around San Francisco. As soon as I entered, I was enraptured by the dynamic sounds of the electric guitar. I drank a beer called 'Mulla' and watched American youths dancing so energetically that, if they had been Japanese, they would have been down on the floor before the third tune. I thought that the style of dancing came naturally to them and was not posed, as it would be in Japan.
The music was played by a band featuring six electric guitars that emphasized the sound of the bass strings as much as possible. They played tunes like 'Nashville Stomp','Waltz of The Wind' and so on, in the key of D rather than E.
After an hour and a half, when the performance finished, I interviewed the band. I asked about their incomes, their girlfriends, their future plans, and to finish I asked 'who is the performer that you like most and respect? One of the vocalist replied 'Frank Sinatra', but they all agreed 'We like Duane Eddy best of all.' I asked the teenagers in the club the same question, and nearly all replied with Duane's name. I realized that I had got the normal reply that would be given at the home of guitar music.
As this record has now been issued by Japanese Victor, I would like to introduce Duane Eddy to you.
Duane Eddy was born in Corning New York, on 26th April 1938. During Duane's youth, the family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in the early fifties.
He was introduced to a well-known disc jockey at KCKY Radio, Lee Hazlewood (he is the composer of 'Far Away from the Sun' a hit for the Astronauts). He made his recording debut with Jamie Records. That was in March 1958. From then on, his career blossomed because of his ability and because Lee emphasized the melody of Duane Eddy's music. His name became famous throughout all America.
When Billboard named Duane Eddy as 'The favorite guitar player chosen by American disc jockeys in 1961' many companies wanted to sign the handsome guitarist and Lee. In the end, Chet Atkins who was a proficient producer at RCA Victor succeeded in signing them (May 1962). He developed Duane's style further and made him a world idol. Recently, Duane Eddy has left that record company and joined Reprise, for whom Hazlewood also works.
This record has been made by Duane Eddy for his Japanese fans. Although the majority of the tunes are Japanese, three new songs are included.
The electric guitar has become a permanent part of modern music and Duane Eddy established as the founder of the Twangy Guitar. In this record, we can feel his desire that his sound is not just dance music, but is music that must be listened to attentively. The message in the music is addressed to the fan of the electric guitar that loves the guitar and wants to feel the breath of its presence. Of course, this is not to imply that he is a musician who has not previously played music for listening to. I think there has been no musician like him who wants the sound to be heard and listened to and he brings the electric sound of a big night club of go go club right into the living room. It is a good idea to drink a cup of lemon tea or have a small party with friends along with the music, because that is the message from Duane Eddy.
Wishing On A Star
The Blue Stardust
One Lonely Girl
Be My Bride
If You Can't Hold Your Man
Like A Rose