MEXBOROUGH’S railway heritage has been immortalised – in a new record by a worldwide guitar legend!
Duane Eddy has just recorded a new album in Sheffield – which contains a track entitled Mexborough Ferry Boat Halt!
But though he has been touring Yorkshire while making the album, the superstar who invented “twang” guitar admitted he has NEVER visited the town.
Eddy, now 73, has recorded his first album in 24 years with Sheffield’s unassuming music workhorse Richard Hawley at Yellow Arch studios, a converted Victorian factory in Neepsend, Sheffield.
The two were put together by shared manager Graham Wrench and turned out Road Triping in just ELEVEN days... during which Duane got a taste for fish and chips and toured Yorkshire.
But Eddy – whose record sales top 100 million – admitted he had never seen Mexborough.
Richard AND his band chipped in, with numbers for the album band... and the Mexborough track was actually penned by guitarist “Shez” Sheridan, Eddy revealed in an interview.
He said: “I was as surprised as anyone. Shez wrote that, I just added a couple of minor things so I could steal a writing credit.
“It’s basically his song. We were trying to think of a title and, you know, it’s such a happy little song, it sounds a bit like a train song.
“He and Richard got to talking about Shez’s grandfather, who had worked on the railroads in Mexborough.
“The Ferryboat Halt got mentioned – so Shez came up with the name, Richard agreed and I just thought... well, this whole album is strange anyway!”
Eddy loved his stay in Sheffield – hailing Yellow Arch’s sound and saying of the album: “I’ve got that excited feeling about the album that I haven’t had for a long time.”
The album is on EMI and is priced at £7.99.