One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “The Lonely One” by Duane Eddy!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

I have always done two “Semi-Annual Theme Attic Hall of Fame Shows” a year on my Monday night show, “Prime Time Theme Attic.” (Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET when it returns.)

Here’s the link for when that day comes: )

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

On days that I spotlight a greatest song, it will take the place of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!


Here’s a story about one of the few songs that I have played many times on my show!

When I was very young, before I even went to kindergarten, I was easily occupied by trying to listen to all of the music in the house. Considering this was a goal of mine before I even knew what a goal was, I still got into a lot of trouble!

About this time, when my older brothers and sisters were dating, occasionally records that I’d never seen before started showing up as they, uh, shared music.

They were usually 45’s, and since I had this scorched policy of listening to things that I was unfamiliar with, I quickly weaseled my way into getting my hands and ears on them!

I mean, the labels were so colorful, in so many different styles!

And the music was usually better than whatever was in my house!

I couldn’t resist even though I was supposed to leave them alone!

One of the 45’s was an old, worn, yellow label Jamie Records song by Duane Eddy. [Hall of Fame]

I had no idea who he was, but I would later learn he did “Rebel Rouser,” “Ramrod” and a ton of other high quality instrumentals!

But the one I fell in love with was this little tune, “The Lonely One!

It starts and ends with those dreamy, twangy chords!

There’s several starts and stops!

The melody was haunting, and the background singers made it even more so!

There was that ultra cool interplay between the drums and the bongos, including that, every now and then, those singular thunks on one  bongo, which I felt just made the whole song perfect!


Apparently, one of my siblings broke up with whoever owned the record because it disappeared from the house and my life.

Eventually, I got my own copy of “$1,000,000 Worth of Twang,” the album that “The Lonely One” was released on!

Unlike my family member, I never broke up with Duane Eddy!

Ladies and Gentleman, One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “The Lonely One” by Duane Eddy!!!


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