Billy Strange’s Fuzz Guitar Spices Up Ann-Margret Ballad


Singer Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret (Photo: unknown)

Guitarist Billy Strange

Billy Strange (Photo: The "Official" Billy Strange Fan Group on Facebook)

Recently I discovered a great fuzz guitar example on Westex’ blog Diggin’ It!!! performed by studio guitarist legend Billy Strange. He played a catchy fuzz guitar intro on Ann-Margret’s country-pop ballad I Just Don’t Understand from 1961 and added some more fuzz later in the song on the chorus and in the solo part.

Billy Strange is notorious for his fuzz guitar. In 1962 he played a driving fuzz guitar solo on the Phil Spector production “Zip-A-Dee-Doo Dah” by Bobb B. Sox and the Blue Jeans. To get the fuzz sound he used a very simple but effective method that he  explains in Tales Of Broken Guitar Amps.

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One thought on “Billy Strange’s Fuzz Guitar Spices Up Ann-Margret Ballad

  1. Thanks for the info on Billy Strange. I had to know who was playing the fuzz guitar on the Ann Margaret song I Dont Understand. I was fortunate to pick up a mint copy of Ann Margaret – On the Way Up, from a local thrift store. The fuzz guitar on I Don’t Understand made the purchase more then worthwhile.

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