Duane Eddy

Rebel Rouser

Composed by Duane Eddy / Lee Hazlewood

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Duane Eddy emerged as the leading guitar instrumentalist of the primordial rock & roll era, his twangy reign beginning with the incendiary "Rebel-Rouser" (of course, it didn't hurt that Dick Clark was one of his managers, ensuring plenty of airplay on American Bandstand). Eddy had honed his Chet Atkins-influenced guitar chops in country bands around Phoenix during the mid-'50s, his musical fortunes advanced by a young producer named Lee Hazlewood. Once Eddy began concentrating on the properties of his axe's low strings and whammy bar, his menacing sound was set. Eddy's first 45 for Philadelphia-based Jamie Records, "Moovin' N' Groovin," became a mild national hit in the spring of 1958 and set the stage for "Rebel-Rouser." Dramatically opening the track all by his lonesome by picking out a highly distinctive melody on his bass strings, the rest of the band fell in soon thereafter and momentum built fast. The key modulated up a half-step every 12 bars, Eddy sticking strictly to his low-end licks as the gang at Ramsey Recorders pounded out a stomping beat and a recently installed echo chamber rigged up from a 200-dollar grain storage tank made Eddy's simple but strong riffs sound downright threatening in their aggression. The historic Phoenix session took place in March of 1958, but Hazlewood and his partner Lester Sill weren't quite finished with the track. The pair took the master to Hollywood's Gold Star Studios and overdubbed a romping sax break by Gil Bernal (a frequent presence on the Robins' Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller-masterminded mid-'50s classics for the Spark logo) and "rebel yells" by the Sharps, a black vocal group who cut their own Hazlewood-produced rocker for Jamie ("Have Love, Will Travel" with Eddy on lead guitar) before morphing into the Rivingtons of "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" fame. "Rebel-Rouser" made the handsome young Eddy a national star, spiking up to number six on Billboard's Hot 100 during the summer of 1958.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Have "Twangy" Guitar, Will Travel 1958 Jamie/Guyden 2:23
Because They're Young 1960 Fourmatt 2:22
No Image 1961
Various Artists
Jamie
No Image 1963
No Image 1965
No Image 1969
Various Artists
2:02
No Image 1975 Sire 2:19
No Image 1978
No Image 1980
Various Artists
Monterey/IVE
No Image 1981 RCA
No Image 1986 Delta Distribution
Cruisin' 1958 1988
Various Artists
Increase Records 2:04
Dance Party: Roaring 50's 1990
Various Artists
Delta Music Ltd. / Delta Distribution 2:17
Roots of Rock & Roll [Huub] 1991
Various Artists
Huub
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Wiserpack
Rockin' Rebels 1992
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:20
Twang Thang: Anthology 1993 Rhino 2:22
The Best of the RCA Years: Hits and Rarities 1993 BMG Ariola 2:34
Classic Country Instrumentals 1993
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:02
Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 [Elap] 1993
Various Artists
Elap Records 2:23
Twangin' from Phoenix to L.A.: The Jamie Years 1994 Bear Family Records 2:24
Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 1: The Fifties 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
That Classic Twang 1995 Bear Family Records
Rebel Rouser [Sony] 1995 Pegasus (Pinnacle) 2:25
Golden Hits of the 50's & 60's 1995
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:26
Rockin' Instrumentals 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:02
Rock & Roll Party [K-Tel] 1995
Various Artists
Dominion / Guest Star 2:21
Film Music 90, Vol. 4 1995
Various Artists
Replay 2:32
Rock Instrumental Classics, Vols. 1-5 1995
Various Artists
Rhino/Warner Bros. 2:24
Whole Lot of Shakin' [K-Tel] 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:50
Classic Instrumentals, Vol. 1 1996
Various Artists
ITC Masters 2:18
Ghostrider: Great Guitar Hits 1996 Curb 3:31
Only Dance 1955-1959 1997
Various Artists
Rhino / JCI Associated Labels 2:23
Rockfile, Vol. 8 1997
Various Artists
Rockfile 2:22
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin' 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Fabulous 50's [1997 Madacy Box] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:22
Forefathers of Rock 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:21
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 58 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
Boss Guitar 1997 Camden / BMG 2:32
The Ultimate History of Rock 'N' Roll Collection 1997
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:50
Rebel Rouser: Roots of Rock N Roll 1998 Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:26
The Ultimate History of Rock & Roll Collection, Vol. 1: Rock's Pioneers 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:18
Twangin' the Golden Hits/Twang a Country Song 1998 One Way Records 2:34
50's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits 1998
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:21
The Best of 50's Rock 1998
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:02
Mr. Twangy Guitar 1999 Pulse Records (UK)
The Best of Duane Eddy [Curb] 1999 Curb 3:33
Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:23
Hard Rock Cafe: Great Balls of Fire 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:25
The Best of Duane Eddy [Summit] 1999 Summit Records
Deep In The Heart Of Twangsville: The RCA Years - 1962-1964 1999 Bear Family Records 2:34
Rock & Roll Show [King] 1999
Various Artists
King / King 2:16
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Image Entertainment
Shake, Rattle & Roll: 50's Rock 'N' Roll 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:19
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:22
Rock N' Roll Hits of the 50's 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:20
The Guitar Man [Planet Media] 2000 Planet Media / Planet 2:25
Forever Gold: 50's Decade 2000
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:19
Greatest Hits of the 50's [BMG Greeting Card CD] 2000
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:31
The 50's Decade: Rock 'n' Roll 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:18
Peter Gunn 2001 Hallmark Recordings 2:25
Wolfman Jack's: Hall of Fame 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:17
Rock N Roll Party Hits 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:26
Party Hits: 50's & 60's 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:26
That's Rock and Roll 2001
Various Artists
Golden Stars 2:19
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: 1958 [2001] 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Wolfman Jack's: Graffiti R&R Instrumentals 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:17
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Time Music
Hits 2002 Phantom Import Distribution
Rock and Roll Generation, Vol. 1 2003
Various Artists
Compendia Music Group 2:16
Rockabilly Revival 2003
Various Artists
Telstar TV Records
Drivin' Rock 'N' Roll [Castle Pulse] 2003
Various Artists
Castle Pulse 2:25
Best of Happy Days 2003
Various Artists
Northquest 2:25
25 Rockin' Instrumentals 2003
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:28
1950's American Rock 'N' Roll Classics 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:20
Triple Value: Fifties 2003
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Real 50's: The Big Beat [Disc 1] 2003
Various Artists
BMG 2:31
Queen of the Hop: Hits of the 50's 2004
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 2:24
Real 50's: The Big Beat 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 2:31
Golden Era of Rock 'n' Roll: 1954-1963 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:22
Fabulous 50s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 2:18
The Best of Duane Eddy [BMG Special Products] 2004 BMG Special Products 2:34
Hot Rod Cruisin' Classics 2005
Various Artists
Legacy 2:21
Shake Rattle & Roll: 50 Classic Rock N Roll Hits 2005
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:24
Simply Rock 'N' Roll 2005
Various Artists
Union Square Music 2:18
The Guitar Man [American Legends] 2005 Allegro Corporation / American Legends 2:28
Solid Gold 50's 2005
Various Artists
Solid Gold Records 2:17
Rock Around the Clock [Plat] 2005
Various Artists
Wonderful Music Of
Let's Have a Rock 'N Roll Party [Bonus CD] 2006
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:16
Platinum Collection 2006 Platinum Entertainment
Instrumental Gold 2006
Various Artists
Gusto Records 2:19
20 Terrific Twangies/Water Skiing 2007 Beat Goes On 2:32
Forever Gold: The 50s Decade 2007
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:19
Greatest Hits [LT Series] 2007 Lt Series
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution 2:31
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Delta 2:18
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / WG Productions
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Legacy 2:21
No Image 2008
Various Artists
E1 Entertainment 2:23
Rock Around the Clock [Gift of Music] 2008
Various Artists
Classical Records / The Gift of Music 2:24
Rock 'N' Roll [Intro] 2008
Various Artists
Intro 2:16
Great Fifties Collection 2008
Various Artists
Red X
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection: Teen Beat 2008
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll [Not Now] 2009
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:24
Simply Rock 'n' Roll Love Songs 2009
Various Artists
Simply
Teenager Hits der 50er Jahre 2009
Various Artists
TIP Records 2:22
The  Birth of a Guitar Legend: The Jamie Singles Sessions 1957-1962 2010 Guyden / Jamie 2:20
The Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection 2010
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:23
Movin’ and Groovin’: The First Three LPs Plus Bonus Tracks 2010 Jasmine
A  Summer Place: Great Instrumental Hits 2011
Various Artists
Dynamic 2:25
The Pop Years: The 50s 2011
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:21
Juke Box Jive: Essential Rock 'n' Roll 2011
Various Artists
Metro Select 2:17
My Kind of Music: The Rock 'n' Roll Years! 2011
Various Artists
Union Square / Union Square Music / USM Media 2:22
The Cruisin' Story 1955-1960 2011
Various Artists
Not Now Music 2:32
Rock 'n' Roll Era: Rock 'n' Roll Legends 2011
Various Artists
Crimson / Crimson Productions
The World's Biggest Jukebox Classics 2011
Various Artists
Worlds Biggest 2:17
Lemon Popsicles and Strawberry Milkshakes [10 Disc Box Set] 2011
Various Artists
Go Entertainment 2:22
The 1958 British Hit Parade, Pt. 2: June-December 2011
Various Artists
Acrobat
Cruisin’ 2011
Various Artists
NorthQuest 2:26
Rocks 2012 Bear Family Records 2:22
Pure... 50s 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:32
3/60: Rock 'n' Roll Jukebox 2012
Various Artists
Crimson
Simply Rock 'n' Roll [2012] 2012
Various Artists
Simply
First Love, First Tears, Vol. 2 2012 Forever Classic Hits 2:15
Rock 'N' Roll Diner 2012
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group / Columbia River Group 2:24
Shazam! The Essential Collection 2013 Music Club Deluxe 2:25
No Image 2013 K-Tel 2:23
101: The Best of Duane Eddy 2013 AP Music 2:23
Pure... Rock 'n' Roll 2013
Various Artists
Sony Music 2:30
No Image 2013
Various Artists
Starbucks
Sweethearts and Stolen Kisses: From the Movies 2014
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:24
Truck Stop: Rock 'n' Roll Driving Songs 2014
Various Artists
Metro Tins
The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection 2016 Big 3
100 Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2
Various Artists
MCPS
100 Hits of the 50s [Tring]
Various Artists
Tring 2:18
1964: A Time To Remember The Classic Years
Various Artists
Tabak 2:35
25 Original Rock 'n' Roll Hits
Various Artists
DM Digital 2:28
25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits, Vol. 4
Various Artists
Tring 2:18
America's Greatest Hits, Vol. 9: 1958
Various Artists
Acrobat / Acrobat Music 2:23
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:23
Big Box of Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Floating World 2:34
Biggest Instrumental Hits of the 50s
Various Artists
Dance Street 2:17
No Image
Various Artists
Prestige Elite Records
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Go'in Back in Time, Vol. 3
Various Artists
ARC Records
Golden Oldies Hit Series, Vol. 35
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 9:21
Greatest Hits [Not Now] Not Now Music 2:23
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:14
Hits of the 60's U.S.A.
Various Artists
I Just Love Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:22
I Just Love Truckin'
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:24
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:14
Jukebox Favourites: The Best of Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
AP Music
No Image
Various Artists
Go Entertain
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:14
Master of Twang! Delta Music Ltd. / Performance 2:23
Mit Der Raupe Fahr'n...
Various Artists
2:22
My Kind of Music: Rock'n'Roll Jukebox
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
Oldies Hits A to Z, Vol. 10
Various Artists
Forever Classic Hits 2:20
Original Hits From the 50's
Various Artists
10Ten Media 2:18
No Image Pair
No Image
Various Artists
Bluebird 2:26
Rock 'n' Roll Classics, Vol. 1
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:26
No Image
Various Artists
Metro Select
Rock 'n' Roll Legends One & Only Rock 'n' Roll
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:17
Rock n Roll Hits of the 50's, Vol. 2 [Excalibur]
Various Artists
Excalibur 2:16
No Image Real Gone Music
Stars of Hollywood: Singers & Actors
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 2:28
No Image
Various Artists
My Kind of Music
Surf Essentials: The Best Surf Compilation Ever!
Various Artists
Allegro Corporation / Music Brokers 2:15
The  Rock Box [K-Tel]
Various Artists
K-Tel
The  Ultimate Oldies But Goodies Collection: Teen Beat
Various Artists
CD Baby / Green Hill Productions 2:23
The Backbeat of Rock and Roll
Various Artists
Famous Flames 2:24
No Image Delta 2:24
The Rebirth of Fifties
Various Artists
Music Brokers 2:22
No Image
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Vintage Collection: Rock 'n' Roll
Various Artists
Music Digital 2:23
Triple Value Rock & Roll
Various Artists
Rajon Entertainment Pty Ltd.
Twogether Rock N Roll
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On: 25 Rock 'N' Roll Hits
Various Artists
Tring
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