Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show, 19 July, 1958 ...
Duane Eddy explains how Dick Clark's mistake made Rebel Rouser a hit:
Bill, I sort of admire the moves and the matching headgear. The choreography with machinery is interesting. Always wondered about miming to music on telly but it creates a surrealistic energy.
A very young Duane Eddy having to 'ham it up' for the cameras. It was a different time with much less awareness of tv's image manipulation than now, (although that still continues, if perhaps somewhat more subtle than in those more innocent days.)
Duane and the band are clearly miming to the track, no guitar cables evident or microphones on the sax and drums, but the audience seem wildly enthusiastic and are enjoying the show.
Nice to see, especially as it's Duane and a glimpse of his influential 'twang' on my own fledgling days as a guitarist...