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Album: Have Twangy Guitar, Will TravelReleased: 1958Charted:
This was recorded in a Phoenix studio that had an echo chamber what was originally a large water tank. A speaker was placed at one end of the tank, the microphone at the other, and the guitar "twang" was piped in there.
Hand claps and shouts were provided by The Sharps, who later changed their name to the Rivingtons and hit with "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" and "The Bird's the Word." They even had a mild R&B hit with "Mama-Oom-Mow-Mow" afterwards.
Lee Hazlewood produced this track and helped refine Eddy's distinctive guitar sound. Hazlewood was a disc jockey in Phoenix before meeting Eddy and recording him in a grain silo, which produced the desired echo effect at low cost. Hazlewood went on record duets with Nancy Sinatra and also her hit "These Boots Are Made For Walking
." His solo recordings became cult favorites, and were rediscovered by a new generation of fans when college radio stations started playing them in the '80s and '90s.
Eddy's first album was titled Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel. The guitarist recalled to Mojo magazine November 2010 the coining of the word 'Twangy:' "We were recording in Phoenix, starting my first album, and one of the guys said, 'Man, that guitar sounds twangy.' And (Hazlewood's business partner) Lester Sill fell down laughing. He'd never heard that word and it became a running joke. 'Is that twangy enough?' So we finished the album and called it Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel. To be honest I never really liked the word. I thought it was kind of corny and rather undignified, but at the same time so many people liked it I just shut up and went with it."