Raunchy (instrumental)

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Music by Bill Justis, Sid Manker
Published 1957
Form Rock and Roll Instrumental
Original artist Bill Justis
Recorded by Duane Eddy, Billy Vaughn, Ernie Freeman, The Ventures, Bill Black, Tom and Jerry, Al Caiola, Billy Strange, Tommy & the Tom Toms, Incredible Bongo Band, Glen Campbell, George Harrison

"Raunchy" is the name of an American rock and roll instrumental hit from 1957. It was recorded by Bill Justis and his band in Memphis, Tennessee, and co-written by Justis and Sid Manker.[citation needed]

"Raunchy" may have been[vague] the first song to use the twangy solo lead guitar format, which was developed by others and became a staple for the next few years.[citation needed] Justis played the saxophone and Manker played the lead guitar. Released on Phillips International Records, it charted in the U.S. at #2 Pop and #1 R&B.

Several years later[when?] Justis recorded another rendition with considerably different guitar.[citation needed]

Competing with the Justis release in 1957 were other versions of "Raunchy," by Billy Vaughn and Ernie Freeman. Freeman's version was his biggest solo success, reaching #4 on the Pop chart and #1 on the R&B chart in 1957.

Soon after the hit, guitarist Duane Eddy and producer Lee Hazlewood took it upon themselves to develop that style to an ultimate degree. Far from a light lead guitar sound, they greatly enhanced the reverberation in their recordings. Eddy started with the big hit "Rebel Rouser" in 1958, but later made a recording of "Raunchy" for the RCA Records album Twangin' the Golden Hits in 1965.

"Raunchy" has been recorded by many groups, including the Ventures, Bill Black, Tom and Jerry (guitarists), Al Caiola, Billy Strange, Bill Smith Combo aka Tommy & the Tom Toms (Chess #1780), Santo & Johnny and the Incredible Bongo Band.[citation needed]

In 1958 a then fourteen-year-old George Harrison performed the song to John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the top deck of a bus, and was so note-perfect Lennon decided to let him into his band, the Quarrymen, which later became the Beatles, despite earlier reservations about Harrison's age.[citation needed]

Years later, while working on the Beatles Anthology project in 1994, the three surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, played this song during a jam session. Due to the lack of a sax, Paul had to sing the melody. Video


[[File:Raunchy - Justis 1962.ogg|Bill Justis later version[when?]]]

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