Link Wray was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock and roll recording.
Link Wray is credited with inventing the POWER CHORD, the “modus operandi” in rock and roll.
Link Wray has been inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Washington (DC) Area Music Association, Southern Legends Hall of Fame and many more.
Link Wray has been featured in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the Native American Indian "Up Where We Belong" exhibits in both Washington DC and New York City.
Link Wray has been named as one of the 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS by Rolling Stone magazine.
Link Wray’s music has been featured in such television and film as PULP FICTION, INDEPENDENCE DAY, DESPERADO, THE SOPRANOS, BLOW and countless others.
Link Wray has influenced the likes of Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Dan Auerbach and countless thousands of other musicians the world over.
Link Wray's music crossed over to the hip hop community in 2011, when Death Grips released the song Spread Eagle Across the Block, which heavily sampled RUMBLE.
Link Wray is honored at his hometown of Dunn, NC with the annual "Link Wray Music Festival," an event held in May of each year on the weekend of his birth.
“Link Wray Day” has been declared by Governor’s Proclamation in the states of Maryland and North Carolina.
Link Wray's seminal instrumental RUMBLE, having met the criteria of being "culturally, historically or aesthetically important and/or inform or reflect life in the United States" was selected to be in the National Recording Registry, housed in the Library of Congress, in 2008. Less than 40 rock and roll songs have been so honored.
In October 2013, Link Wray was honored with a well-deserved nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Thank you for visiting this website. We hope that it gives Link Wray and his brothers Vernon and Doug, some long overdue recognition.
photo © Rick Gould