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RUMBLE WINS AT SUNDANCE!

We are pleased to report that the Resolution Pictures documentary RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WO ROCKED THE WORLD is now a 2017 Sundance Film Festival award winning film!

We are honored to have assisted the fine folks at Resolution Pictures with this project.

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THE REVIEWS ARE IN!

The reviews are in for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, and they are good!

You can read the review from Variety and read the review from the Hollywood Reporter.

RUMBLE will be screened throughout the week at Sundance.

WATCH THE OFFICIAL RUMBLE TRAILER

The official trailer for RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD was released today.

Take two minutes to give it a look. Then when this film gets to the Oscars, you can tell people you knew about it before almost everyone else.

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RUMBLE TEASER!

Learn more about the fine folks behind RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD.

RUMBLE AT SUNDANCE

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD will have it’s world premiere January 22 at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Rolling Stone magazine has named it one of their “must see” films!

We have been honored to assist with the Link portion of this project. We have no doubt that this film will do more for Link’s legacy than anything since, well…Link!

Congratulations to
Stevie Salas, Catherine Bainbridge, Christina Fon, Lisa Roth, Alfonso Maiorana and all the fine folks at Rezolution Pictures! They have worked long and hard on this film. They have created a documentary that will be viewed for years to come by music fans and researchers of Native American culture.

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THE ROCK HALL SNUBS LINK AGAIN...OR HAVE THEY?

We just heard the news that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame passed over Link Wray again…or have they?

Let’s look at the “Early Influence” criteria on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame website and see if Link Wray could be considered as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductee this year -

“These artists pre-date the birth of rock and roll, but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists.”

Let’s break that criteria down, piece-by-piece -

“These artists pre-date the birth of rock and roll…”

Does Link Wray pre-date the birth of rock and roll?

Depends on what definition the Rock Hall uses for the “birth of rock and roll.” Some historians say rock and roll started with Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88” that was released in 1951. Others will say rock and roll started in 1954 when Bill Haley and the Comets released “Rock Around the Clock.”

This year’s Rock Hall inductee page has yet another version of the “birth of rock and roll” timeline when it quotes Ice Cube - “Rock and Roll is a spirit. It’s been going since the blues, jazz, bebop…” Using that quote, the “birth of rock and roll” moves back into the 1930’s and earlier.

So the actual “birth of rock and roll” has yet to be defined by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Link is still in the game.

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Now, let’s look at the last half of that “Early Influence” criteria -

“…but have had a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists.”

Did Link Wray have a profound impact on music’s evolution and it’s iconic artists?

Ask Bob Dylan, Steven Van Zandt, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, John Fogerty, Neil Young, Elvis Costello other Rock Hall inductees as well as members of the Rock Hall Nominating Committee, whose quotes can be found on this page. Terry Stewart, the past President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has said, “Rock and Roll would not be what it is without the contribution of Link Wray.”

The answer is a resounding “yes.”

Link is still in the game.

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Finally, let’s take a look at the “musical timeline” of a couple recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Early Influence inductees -

FREDDIE KING - Started playing music in 1952, first records released in 1956.
WANDA JACKSON - Started playing music and first records released in 1954.

and compare them to

LINK WRAY - Picked up the guitar at 8 years old in 1937. First band formed in 1954, first records released in 1956.

Link Wray’s “musical timeline” is very similar with at least two Early Influence inductees.

Link is STILL in the game.

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We realize the odds might be very slim, but - we are hopeful that Link Wray will be considered as an Early Influence Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee this year.

Early Influence inductees aren’t announced until all the Performer votes are in - probably around December. We’ll see.

Congratulations and good luck to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year.

THIS IS PUNK ROCK GROUND ZERO!

NEWLY DISCOVERED 1963 LIVE RECORDINGS OF LINK WRAY!

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ink Wray was a trail blazer. Link was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording. Link is also credited with inventing the “power chord.” His song RUMBLE - an instrumental - was banned for fear it would incite violence.

Rock and roll would never be the same after Link Wray.

From Bruce Springsteen to Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, dozens of rock and roll legends cite Link Wray as a career influence. Heavy metal, surf, grunge, garage…they can all trace their roots to Link Wray.

Link and the Ray Men spent the early ’60’s playing frat parties on the college circuit up and down the East Coast. We have uncovered two classic Link tracks -
RUN CHICKEN RUN and RAWHIDE - and present them to you at their lo-fi, revved-up photo-punk best in our release LIVE IN ’63 at Cornell University!

LISTEN TO THESE FOUND TREASURES NOW!

NEWLY DISCOVERED RECORDINGS FEATURING LINK!

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Now available - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break The Chains of Love” - THE LOST 45 from RAY VERNON, featuring DOUG and LINK WRAY!

RAY VERNON was the stage name of Vernon Wray, Link’s oldest brother.

Ray was signed to Cameo Records and had his first hit with "Evil Angel" in 1957. Cameo molded him as a teen idol and christened him
RAY VERNON.

Ray was an early member of Link Wray and the Ray Men. He soon moved "behind the scenes" in record production and management for several musicians - but he never stopped recording. He released several sides throughout his career, as well as the full length recordings
WASTED and SUPERSTAR AT MY HOUSE.

THE LOST 45 is the result of a recently discovered 1963 metal acetate disc containing two never-before-released classic country pop songs - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break the Chains of Love.” Listen to these found treasures here!

We hope you enjoy these two songs and look for more recordings by this unsung legend of American Music.

THE LATEST ON THE LINK WRAY BIOGRAPHY

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Dana Raidt has finished her first draft of THE FIRST MAN IN BLACK - THE UNTOLD STORY OF LINK WRAY.

This biography is coming your way in 2017.

Stay tuned…

RUMBLE FILM UPDATE

Those of you that know me, know I am a huge fan of Link Wray. IN April, I traveled to Washington DC. I was invited by the fine folks at Rezolution Pictures, the people behind the documentary RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD.

Friday night, I met with
Stevie Salas and Christina Fon, two of the film's Executive Producers. I don't want to let the cat out of the bag, but they have an EXCELLENT game plan to tell Link's story.

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Saturday I spent the day visiting some friends and family in Southern Maryland. Of course I took some pictures... Link-related locations were everywhere. Many locations have changed names, changed appearances, but there were a couple that looked like the Ray Men had a gig there last night.

The film crew spent Saturday interviewing some old band members in Virginia. I missed the chance to see Max Navarro, one Ray Man I've yet to meet. Lesson learned.

Sunday was action-packed. I got to the Greenbelt American Legion bright and early, met the film crew and tried not to get on the way. I don't have any evidence (yet) that Link played the American Legion, but it had been there for decades, so he certainly may have. My interview for the film was done in the bar, and it had a period-correct look when The Ray Men were playing the DC "knife and gun" clubs like Vinnie's, Strick's and the 1023.

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The film crew was just absolutely amazing. They were half a dozen strong and way beyond cool. I talked growing up in the 70's and early punk rock with the Cinematographer, Lighting and Sound Technicians, and after exchanging emails and phone calls the past few years, it was fantastic to finally meet the Production Assistant, as well as Lisa and Catherine, the Producer and Director of the film.

I was floored at how much these folks knew about Link, his history and his contribution to rock and roll. They are very committed to this project. The entire film is being shot in "4K" which is higher quality than hi-definition. They bought hundreds of pounds of equipment.

I guess I was in the interview chair 45 minutes or so. I shouldn't call it an "interview chair" because Catherine has a style that puts you at ease and makes it feel like a conversation. So I spent about 45 minutes in the "conversation chair."

After that, they broke down the equipment and we all headed to Link's stomping grounds of Accokeek. Catherine drove down with me, and I played her the rarest of the rare Link stuff I had. She was knocked out!

After telling them of Accokeek for the past couple years (they are all Canadians) I was really looking to give them a Southern Maryland experience. After hearing about and researching Accokeek, they were excited to be there too.
We rolled into B&J's Carryout first. B&J's has been opened since 1950 and hasn't changed a bit. Members of Link's Ray Men told me that it was standard operating procedure after a night at Vinnie's or the 1023, the band would head to Ray's to record 'til daybreak, and when breakfast rolled around, it was off to B&J's.

All my new Canadian friends got a taste of Southern Maryland...they ate BBQ with slaw, Southern Maryland style (ie. REAL) crabcakes and I even got a few of them to try a softshell crab. They asked what was in it, I told 'em it was best not to ask, just eat it! (Those from SOMD understand!).

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After grub we headed over to the family plot at the cemetery. I was honored when they asked me to do some voiceovers to fit their concept of that portion of the day's filming. If that segment makes the film, I think it will bring a tear to your eye or give you goosebumps.

We headed over to Wray's Shack and (Ray) Vernon Wray's place. It's changed alot over the past several decades. Would you believe me if I told you The Shack is now a full-time residence? Truth is stranger than fiction!

The owner of B&J's mentioned a very scenic country road that lead down to the water nearby. We all took a trip there and Catherine really dug it. I'd lived in Southern Maryland 40 years and I have to say it's one of the prettiest drives I've taken.

Around 7:30 that night we met up with Billy Hancock while the film crew got some shots of that scenic road. Billy's legendary among these parts, playing with Danny (Gatton) and the Fat Boys, as well as releasing a bunch of rockabilly sides on his own.

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The owner of B&J's was very accommodating. She closed down the restaurant and gave the film crew full run of the place. After it got dark, we cleaned out the front lot. They had Billy strap on his guitar, turn up his amp and Link Wray music was again heard in the streets of Accokeek! After that, Billy told his story of opening for Link and The Shirelles, the prize his group received after winning a "Battle of the Bands," as well as a guitar lesson he, as a 16 year old kid, received from Link.

All good things must come to an end. It was around 11pm, about 12 hours after the day started. It seemed to pass in 10 minutes.

For a look at what Rezolution's past work, check out REEL INJUN on Netflix in the US (and probably elsewhere).
Please understand that RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD is not an all Link Wray film, Link is one of a half dozen or so artists profiled.

That having been said, it doesn't matter. I've had the privilege of helping Rezolution for the past couple years, and the attention to detail and the concern in getting everything "right" with Link's story, I have no doubt that this will do more good for Link's legacy than anything that's been done.

SEE MORE PHOTOS HERE

DAN AUERBACH WANTS LINK IN THE ROCK HALL

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Rolling Stone magazine interviewed Dan Auerbach at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony last night, just before THE BLACK KEYS inducted STEVE MILLER. The best quote of the night?

"I don't care about (who's not in) the Rock Hall, except for Link Wray. He's not in the Rock Hall."

Thanks Dan! We hope they put you on the Nominating Committee next year!

HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERYDAY...

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Here are two US Link Wray acetates from his Epic Records era - recorded at 78 rpm!

THE LINK WRAY HOLY GRAIL

12342438_903990702983628_5514246784968968402_nA few months ago I received an eMail from a record collector advising that they had a RED vinyl Cadence 45 of Link's RUMBLE.

My first thought was that it must be a bootleg. Cadence never released RUMBLE on red vinyl. My second thought was that if it WAS a bootleg, certainly ONE more would have surfaced by now. I later discovered that Cadence pressed a few copies of an Everly Brothers 45 that were sent to radio stations. It's number was 1348, the next release after RUMBLE. So…if it was a legit pressing, still….more than ONE would have surfaced by now. Right?

As Paul Harvey would say, "And now, the rest of the story…"

This is a legitimate Cadence pressing and NOT a bootleg. The dead wax information revealed it was pressed by Monarch Plastics in February 1958, just over a month before being officially released.

The owner of this rare gem listed it on eBay with a $499 Buy It Now price. It sold in 20 minutes.

I am convinced that this was sent to radio stations and never sent to the general public. The red wax would have certainly stood out in a pile of black "new release" 45's on a radio station table.

This begs the question - why has only ONE surfaced in the last 57 years. There's little to no chance that Cadence pressed ONLY one. If you find the next one, please let us know!

RSD BLACK FRIDAY? DON'T PAY EBAY PRICES!

The new gold vinyl, picture sleeve RUMBLE 45 isn't on sale until tomorrow's Record Store Day Black Friday. But, of course…you can find it on eBay today.

The asking price for this disc on eBay is over $20. Buy it RIGHT NOW for $9.98 on Sundazed's website. There's a limited number available, so get it while you can!

Tell them LinkWray.com set ya!

ORDER THE NEW LINK WRAY 45 HERE.

NEW DOUBLE CD ON SALE NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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Just three short months after releasing the excellent 3 TRACK SHACK CD collection, Ace Records is doing it AGAIN with another double CD Link set - EARLY RECORDINGS. This collection will be available November 27, 2015.

This release will include all the tracks from the classic EARLY RECORDINGS album, along with all the tracks from the out of print GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT.

Did we mention the new liner notes and rare photographs?

PRE ORDER YOUR COPY HERE.

GOLD VINYL RUMBLE ON RECORD STORE DAY NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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The fine folks at Sundazed Records have done it again. On "Black Friday" - November 27, 2015, your local record store will have this limited edition, gold vinyl picture sleeve 45 of Link Wray's RUMBLE - the record that started it all.

From the liner notes -

"Released in April 1958, Rumble b/w The Swag was Link Wray's opening salvo. Overnight, Rumble completely changed the nascent rock 'n roll landscape. Full of crunch, swagger, menace and tribal tattoo rhythms, it was the sound of a switchblade slicing through the heart of tepid pop music.

Everywhere, budding musicians like Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and thousands more replicated its distorted power chords in garages, basements and bedrooms. Playing Rumble was an essential rite of passage for any guitarist who wanted to harness the new music's mysterious dynamism. Without it, rock 'n roll as we know it would not exist."

For more on Record Store Day releases from Sundazed…
Sundazed Records homepage

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VERY RARE LINK WRAY VIDEO

Here's a rare one you've never seen. Link Wray AND Tex Rubinowitz!

Over a HALF HOUR of two DC music legends sharing the stage at the old Wax Museum night club.

This is one of Link's last DC appearances. His band includes Ed Cynar and John Van Horne (Ray Men from the 60's and 70's) as well as John Van Horne Jr.

If you dig this video, please consider supporting this website and buy a RUMBLE shirt! Makes a great Christmas gift…




TOMMY'S DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT

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Link's son-in-law Tommy Webb has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Rheumatoid Arthritis a very rare lung disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis usually attacks your joints and it's very rare that it attacks the lungs. Unfortunately this disease has attacked both of Tommy's lungs and it is progressing very rapidly.

Tommy is now a pre-op patient for a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Link's daughter Beth is having a fundraising campaign to help assist Tommy's transplant costs and related medical expenses.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for more details. Thank you for your time and consideration.

LINK AND THE ROCK HALL

Just woke up to the news that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame passed over Link Wray. Again. My first thought was "that sucks."

But you know, after a dozen years of letters and petitions and trying to reach out, I'm finally figuring out that it really doesn't matter.

Link doesn't need the recognition of ONE house that recognizes a wide variety of musicians under the banner of "rock and roll."

Link Wray is recognized in EVERY house, garage or basement the first time a young guitar slinger straps on his axe, turns up their amp, rips a power chord and their parents yell "TURN IT DOWN! IT'S TOO LOUD!"

That my friends, is the REAL Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

MARK YOUR CALENDARS...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees now slated to be announced Thursday October 8th. May have been pushed off a couple days as Tuesday the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their nominees. Stay tuned.

PRAYER REQUEST

Good thoughts and prayers requested for Tommy Webb, Link's son-in-law. He is currently undergoing testing for a lung transplant. Much appreciated!

THE LSD CROWD

temporaryfile-oioocytemporaryfile-bftytm"I just didn't want to be part of that. That's the reason I retreated to the Two Thieves club in (Lexington Park) Maryland. While all this hippie music was going' on and they were takin' this LSD, I was playing' Creedence Clearwater Revival and Elvis to the rednecks."

NEWLY DISCOVERED PICS!

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I am continually amazed at the number of Link Wray photos that surface after all these years. Here's a shot of Link with Chris Spedding who took over when Link left Robert Gordon's band. You can see this image much larger over at the 1970's photo page.

For a look at a 2000 Link gig at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto Canada, click here.

"SHACK TRACKS" REISSUED!

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The fine folks at Ace Records will be issuing LINK WRAY 3 TRACK SHACK at the end of this month. This double CD set includes Link's entire "Shack tracks" - LINK WRAY, BEANS & FATBACK and MORDICAI JONES.

Sharp Link fans may be asking how this one differs than the set put out a decade ago. Easy answer - quite a bit! This package has the correct track listings and are straight from the original master recordings. We have seen an advance of the inner booklet and it is outstanding - packed full of detailed liner notes and several photographs you probably haven't seen before. Ace is taking advance orders here.

JIM JAMES of MY MORNING JACKET digs LInk!

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From the recent Vanity Fair interview , Jim James of My Morning Jacket picked his favorite album covers. He had high praise for Link's first Polydor LP.

"Perhaps the greatest rock 'n' roll record of all time, unknown to most folks. Link howls and moans, singin' "La De Da," and makes me feel right at home amongst the celebration and longing.

The cover features his face in profile, cut out so you can flip it over and find the record underneath. A treasure."

13 GUITAR RUMBLE!

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If you are in the Los Angeles area on May 17, mark your calendar for the 13 GUITAR RUMBLE at the Redwood Bar.

This gig features a stellar line-up of guitar maniacs -

  • Surf guitar legend Davie Allan,
  • Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets
  • Deke Dickerson
  • lots more!

This event also features an appearance by the elusive BLIND RAGE. Definitely a show not to miss.

Best of all, it is ALL AGES, so bring your young guitar slinger!

If you are planning on attending, please send us your pictures!

MAY 2, 2015

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  • It's Link Wray's birthday. He was born born 86 years ago today - May 2, 1929. Some news sites still report Link was born in 1935. When Rumble hit, the record company PR guy shaved six years off his age so he would appear younger to the teen set. His hometown of Dunn NC celebrates tonight with the 3rd Annual Link Fest.

  • There's a new Princess today. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge welcomed the birth of their new daughter today in England. She's going to ROCK!

CAN YOU PLAY AS WACK'D AS LINK WRAY?

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Mark you calendar for May 15-17 for the INSTRO SUMMIT 2015- 3 days of instrumental madness!

If that's not enough - they put the icing on the cake - twice!

  • EASTWOOD'S NEW LINK WRAY GUITAR - win it for the low price of a five buck raffle ticket!

  • CAN YOU PLAY AS WACK'D AS LINK WRAY? Play the wildest solo on I'M BRANDED and WIN the SUITCASE OF SWAG!

Check the event venue, the
Cat's Cradle, for ticket information.

If anyone is going - SEND US PICTURES AND VIDEO!

CHUCK SAGLE 1927-2015

Chuck Sagle, the producer of many of Link's Epic records tracks, recently passed away.

Chuck was credited with discovering Carole King, and worked with many great artists such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, The Platters, Bobby Darin and others.

Chuck produced several classic Link sides including some early vocals as well as one of his best slow instros "Lillian," Link's ode to his mother.

It was during Chuck's time as producer that Epic released perhaps the coolest 45 ever waxed, the double Link vocal - "Mary Ann" b/w "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby."

RIP Chuck.





RUMBLE IN PARIS

Link in Paris around 1979. Unfortunately the end of the song is clipped…and he ain't happy with the drummer!


LINK FEST 2015

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May 2, 2015 marks Link Wray's 86th birthday. Link's hometown of Dunn, North Carolina will be commemorating Link's birthday that evening with LINK FEST 2015.

This year's entertainment will be provided by CAMPFIRES AND CONSTELLATIONS and LAUREN McLAMB.

You can follow along on the event Facebook page.

MYSTERY RECORD


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Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes something that takes you by surprise.

Have you ever seen a red vinyl copy of Link's RUMBLE 45? Neither have I.

First thought was that this was a bootleg, but certainly we would have seen at least ONE other copy in the past 50 years. Further inspection reveals the labels match early pressings, and the matrix numbers are looking right as well.

Cadence released in very limited numbers a red vinyl promo of an Everly Brothers 45, the very next release after Link's Rumble.

We believe this to be a promotional pressing of Link's Rumble. If you have any information on this recording, please drop us an eMail.

ROCK HALL PRESIDENT ON THE RADIO

If you have a few minutes, give a listen to an interview from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris. He appeared on the Dan Patrick Show in December, shortly after the announcement of the 2015 inductees. Dan Patrick asked him who the biggest snub at the Rock Hall was. He sidestepped that question.
President Harris stated artists are judged for induction based on the impact of their work, influence on the genre, innovation, did they take the music in a new direction, and did the artist push the envelope. Let’s take them one by one…

IMPACT? Link Wray’s power chords and distorted sound changed the face of rock guitar forever.

INFLUENCE? Punk, heavy metal, garage, grunge…it all started with Link.

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NNOVATION? First to use intentional distortion. Invented the power chord.

TAKE THE MUSIC IN A NEW DIRECTION? See above.

PUSH THE ENVELOPE? Rumble was banned for fear it would incite teen gang violence. The song, AN INSTRUMENTAL, was banned for the “evil influence” that the music - AND ONLY THE MUSIC - had on the youth of America.

So…why exactly has the Rock Hall snubbed Link for over 30 years? Your guess is as good as mine.

MORE LINK ON YOU TUBE

MusicVault.com just posted an unreleased Link Wray interview from 1984. This was filmed during the MTV Guitar Greats special where Link performed with the likes of Steve Cropper, Johnny Winter, Brian Setzer, Dickie Betts and others.

YouTube is my new best friend.


I STILL LOVE YOU TUBE...

I still love YouTube. Just this month, THREE new Link Wray videos have surfaced!

First one up is Link and the Acemen from a 1995 gig in Amsterdam. Then, there are TWO FULL COMPLETE CONCERTS of Link - both extremely interesting.

The second one up is a FULL CONCERT VIDEO from 1974 at the Winterland in San Francisco. Link performs several cuts from THE LINK WRAY RUMBLE. Once Link picked up with Robert Gordon, these songs were never played again live.

The final one is a FULL CONCERT VIDEO from a 1994 gig in France. Link was promoting INDIAN CHILD, just before he went in to do SHADOWMAN. Again, Link performs a couple rare vocal cuts off INDIAN CHILD, and once SHADOWMAN came out, he never played anything from INDIAN CHILD live again. Not the greatest quality, but hey - you take what you can get.

Enjoy!






RUMBLE SHIRTS ARE IN!

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The song that started it all!

These XL 100% heavy cotton shirts are IN STOCK and ready to ship. A LinkWray.com exclusive.

$24.99 shipped anywhere in the USA. Outside the US, eMail us your address and we will send a no obligation invoice with a shipping quote.

Click here to order your shirt now!

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NC MUSIC HALL OF FAME

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Take a look at photos from the evening Link Wray was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

PASSED OVER. AGAIN...

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Link Wray was nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. But as everyone knows, he didn’t make the cut.

Since that time, Questlove and Steven Van Zandt spoke publicly in support of Link Wray. Jimmy Page and Jimmy Fallon played air guitar to a few chords of Rumble on the Tonight Show. The Governor of North Carolina declared Link’s birthday “Link Wray Day.” His profile had never been higher.

I had high hopes that this would be the year for Link Wray in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

After all, this is the man who...

- invented the power chord
- was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock and roll recording
- was the first Native American to sell over a million rock and roll records
- is in the top 50 of Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS
- has one of only 40 rock and roll songs in the National Recording Registry
- has had numerous Rock Hall inductees cite him as a career influence
- has the only rock and roll song (an INSTRUMENTAL) banned for fear it would incite teen violence
- played rock and roll for half a century, continually releasing new music
- and so much more

...would most certainly warrant an induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame after a 31 year wait!

Nope. For reasons known only to the Nominating Committee, Link Wray was bypassed for nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.

Rock Hall Nominating Committee members Steven Van Zandt and Questlove have publicly supported Link Wray’s induction. To those gentlemen, and other members who supported Link, thank you.

There are those that blaze the trail, and there are those that reap the rewards. Link Wray was a trailblazer.

Link Wray was ahead of his time. Maybe one day the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will catch up with him.

ROCK HALL 2015 - OUR PITCH FOR LINK

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If you can tell the future by the past, the announcements for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees for the Class of 2015 should be sometime in mid / late October. Rumors on the Internet are that the Nominating Committee met a couple weeks ago, so the announcement could come at anytime.

After over ten years of letters and petitions, I had all but given up on Link Wray ever being recognized. I was floored when the fine folks at
FUTURE ROCK LEGENDS let me know (a few hours before the official announcement, no less...) that Link was finally nominated for the Class of 2014. But as everyone knows, he didn’t make the cut.

Link Wray has been eligible for induction for 30 years. Heavy metal, punk rock, surf, garage, grunge...it all started with Link Wray. Many rock fans and critics think he should have been inducted ages ago. But let’s not look backward, let’s look forward...to this year’s nominations.

If you are a member of the Nominating or Induction Committee and came across this website looking for information on Link Wray - read “LINK WRAY - 365 DAYS IN REVIEW” and the opening page of this website. You can find them
here. In two short pages you can read the reasons why Link Wray is a worthy nominee...a worthy inductee....for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Listed below are the members of the 2014 Rock Hall Nominating Committee. In all likelihood, they are on the 2015 Committee. These are the folks that nominated him last year, so if you have the urge to contact them - BE NICE and THANK them for recognizing Link Wray and his contribution to rock and roll.

Make 2015 the year to
THINK LINK!

2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION COMMITTEE

Jon Landau, chairman
Bill Adler
James Bernard
David Bither
Nathan Brackett
Cliff Burnstein
Anthony DeCurtis
Reginald C. Dennis
David Dorn
Bill Flanagan
David Fricke
Elysa Gardner
Gregg Geller
Holly George-Warren
Meg Griffin
Greg Harris
Bob Hilburn
Mike Kaufman
Lenny Kaye
Brian Keizer
Rick Krim
Arthur Levy
Joe Levy
Alan Light
Rob Light
Amy Linden
Dave Marsh
Joe McEwen
Bob Merlis
Tom Morello
Lauren Onkey
Claudia Perry
Robbie Robertson
Paul Shaffer
Seymour Stein
John Sykes
Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson
Toure
Ray Trakin
Steven Van Zandt
Craig Werner

THE CRITICS AGREE - LINK WRAY IN 2015!

The speculation on the upcoming nominations for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of fame class is generating some heat on the Internet. Here’s a few pages listing various picks for the 2015 nominations. One thing they all have in common? LINK WRAY.

THE TWO THIEVES

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“I’m very spiritual. I don’t do drugs, so I didn’t want to play to the LSD crowd. So I retreated down to a little place in Maryland called the Two Thieves club, playing to the rednecks where they were getting drunk off beer and whiskey.

I was doing CCR and the Elvis while the rest of the world was playing acid music.” - Link, “Fresh Air” Interview

LINK WRAY MYSTERY GIG

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We recently came across a photo of this promo 45 of Link’s RAW-HIDE song. This 45 was released in 1959.

On the label, someone wrote ORPHEUM - APRIL 15 - 3 SHOWS.

In 1959 Link was on the GAC Spring Dance Party tour. This tour included the likes of Link and the Ray Men, Ray Vernon, Bill Parsons, the Kalin Twins, Jessie Lee Turner and the All American Boys.

We can find no record of a 1959 gig at an Orpheum venue, but it’s certainly possible this gig may have been played after 1959. Can anyone help fill in the blanks?

ERIC GEEVERS PHOTO COLLECTION

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Eric Geevers was a member of Link’s band for several years in the mid 1990’s. He also played on Link’s two final releases, SHADOWMAN and BARBED WIRE.

Eric toured the world with Link, and you can hear some of his great stories over at the Link Wray Fan Group on Facebook.

Be sure to check out The Eric Geevers Collection of rare Link photos over at the PICS/VIDEO section of the website. Thanks Eric for sharing these with Link fans everywhere.

I LOVE YOUTUBE

Man, YouTube is the greatest. You never know what you’ll find. Check out the latest rare Link video to surface - Link and his AceMen - Eric Geevers and Rob Lowers, on TV in Scotland, March 26, 1996.

LINK GETS A QUICK MENTION IN BEATLES BIO

Link gets a quick mention in the excellent Beatles biography TUNE IN by MARK LEWISOHN.

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THE WORST LINK WRAY COVER SONG EVER!

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Ever heard of THE MARTY COOPER CLAN? Neither have we. But, back in 1963, RCA Records released this gem, NEW SOUNDS....OLD GOODIES by Marty. On this LP, Marty and his Clan SING rock and roll instrumentals of the day - including RUMBLE by Link Wray.

Thankfully, the music world never heard from ol’ Marty again.

If you dare, you can hear this “masterpiece” in our YouTube video below. Just remember, you can never get the next two minutes back again. Just don’t blame us. We warned you!

NEWLY DISCOVERED LINK MUSIC!

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The brand new Robert Gordon double CD “Somethin’ Else” features what is billed as a “full” Robert Gordon and Link Wray live concert recording from 1978. The CD ads state this unreleased Gordon / Wray concert is from January 20, 1978 in Rotterdam, NL. However, the photo included in the ads (below) was shot in Canada. The only record LinkWray.com has of a Gordon / Wray gig in Rotterdam that year is a two date stand in June at the Exit Club - but it is certainly possible they played Rotterdam twice that year.

You will find the track listings below. The first disc consists of a studio session from around 2012 with Robert, and the second disc is the concert featuring Link. All tracks on the second disc feature Link on guitar - but it’s interesting to note that FOUR solo Link live tracks are on this disc - RUMBLE and BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO are the two standard numbers Link did on tour with Robert. It’s interesting to note that this disc also features LAWDY MISS CLAWDY and RAWHIDE live - interesting, as this would mark the first live recording of Link doing LAWDY MISS CLAWDY live.

We will have more to report as soon as we get a copy in-hand, as right now it’s only available in very limited numbers from overseas vendors.

DISC ONE - STUDIO SESSIONS

  • DON’T LET GO
  • LUCILLE
  • YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’VE GOT UNTIL YOU LOSE IT
  • HOT ROD
  • I’VE HAD IT
  • BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY
  • KNOCK THREE TIMES
  • BE BOP A LULA
  • WHY
  • PLEASE DON’T TOUCH
  • I’LL MAKE IT RIGHT
  • SOMETHIN’ ELSE
  • TELL HIM NO
  • DON’T LET GO
  • HOT ROD (REHEARSALS)
  • PLEASE DON’T
  • BE BOP A LULA
  • KNOCK THREE TIMES
  • BELIEVE WHAT YOU SAY
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DISC TWO - ROBERT AND LINK WRAY LIVE IN ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND - JANUARY 20, 1978

  • TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK
  • RED CADILLAC AND A BLACK MOUSTACHE
  • LINK TALKS
  • I WANT TO BE FREE
  • RUMBLE
  • LAWDY MISS CLAWDY
  • FLYING SAUCER ROCK AND ROLL
  • MYSTERY TRAIN
  • SUMMERTIME BLUES
  • IF THIS IS WRONG
  • BABY LET’S PLAY HOUSE
  • RED HOT
  • FIRE
  • SEA CRUISE
  • I SURE MISS YOU
  • RAWIIDE
  • BABY WHAY YOU WANT ME TO DO?
  • THE WAY I WALK
  • LONESOME TRAIN
  • FIVE DAYS, FIVE DAYS
  • BOPPIN’ THE BLUES
  • I GOT A WOMAN
  • ENDLESS SLEEP
  • RED HOT

Link’s solo performances are RUMBLE, LAWDY MISS CLAWDY, RAWHIDE and BABY WHAT YOU WANT ME TO DO?

BAND OF TRIBES ON ITUNES

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You can now get the BAND OF TRIBES (featuring Link’s grandson Chris Webb) full length record on iTunes! 12 Link Wray cuts for $9.99. Check it out when you click here.

LINK WRAY SIGNATURE GUITAR!

Here’s a few sneak shots of the new Link Wray signature guitar! Coming soon to a guitar shop near you...

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IT GOT LOUD AGAIN....

Link fans got an unexpected surprise recently during an appearance by Jimmy Page on the Tonight Show. After an introduction by Jimmy Fallon, Page walks onto the show to RUMBLE. Just before sitting down he and Jimmy Fallon break out their air guitars and strum a few Link chords, in homage to the documentary “It Might Get Loud.”

Thanks to Rock Hall power hitter, Tonight Show bandleader, and ace musicologist Questlove for the selection of the intro music for Jimmy Page.