The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's most glaring omission

OCTOBER 16 - Link Wray will be inducted into the NORTH CAROLINA MUSIC HALL OF FAME.

JUNE 7 - Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Jimmy Fallon get out their air guitars and strum a few chords of Link's signature tune "Rumble" on THE TONIGHT SHOW.

MAY 3 - The Second Annual LINK WRAY MUSIC FESTIVAL is hosted by Link's hometown of Dunn, NC

MAY 2 - The town of Dunn NC unveils a historical marker commemorating Link Wray.

MAY 2 - The Governor of NC declares this date LINK WRAY DAY by official proclamation.

APRIL 19 - Link's rare picture sleeve 45 "Slinky b/w Rendezvous" is re-released for RECORD STORE DAY.

APRIL 19 - The JON SPENCER BLUES EXPLOSION releases a 12" mash up of the BEASTIE BOYS "She's On It" and Link's "JACK THE RIPPER" for RECORD STORE DAY.

APRIL 14 - The video game MLB '14 - THE SHOW is released. Link's "Fire and Brimstone" is on the soundtrack.

APRIL 12 - QUESTLOVE is quoted in ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE stating he'd like to see Link Wray in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

FEBRUARY 25 - The DUNN DAILY RECORD newspaper devotes it's front page to Link Wray.

DECEMBER 18 - STEVEN VAN ZANDT is quoted in ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE stating he'd like to see Link Wray recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD documentary featuring Link Wray currently in production.

LINK WRAY SIGNATURE GUITAR planned for Christmas 2014.

"There is no doubt that rock and roll would not be what it is without the contribution of Link Wray."
Terry Stewart, past President & CEO, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

"If I could travel back in time to see one band, it would be Link Wray and the Ray Men."
Neil Young
"He was a huge influence. When I saw him, it was one of the greatest shows I ever saw in my life. "
Dan Auerbach - THE BLACK KEYS

"I was at the Student Union...I heard this music...I left school emotionally at that moment. The moment I heard RUMBLE."
Iggy Pop
"The first time I heard RUMBLE…that was something that had so much profound attitude. It really does."
Jimmy Page

"Every time a modern rocker slashes out a power chord...every time a 60's collector gives the "My Generation" or "Led Zeppelin II" LPs a spin, it all comes back to the fact that Wray showed the way..."
Cub Koda - Brownsville Station, rock historian

LINK WRAY. Father of the POWER CHORD. Creator of Distortion. Punk, heavy metal, grunge, garage, real rock guitar…it all started here.

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 and the Ray Men's groundbreaking song RUMBLE was banned from radio airplay for fear it would incite teenage gang violence. All the more remarkable when you realize the song HAS NO WORDS. You can't get more "rock and roll" than that!

LINK WRAY was the first Native American rock star with RUMBLE selling over a million copies in 1958.

LINK WRAY is in the top 50 of the 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS selected by Rolling Stone magazine.

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 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. In October 2014, Link will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.

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'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’s music has been featured in such television and film as Pulp Fiction, Independence Day, Desperado, The Sopranos, Blow and countless others.

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 in 2008 to be in the National Recording Registry, housed in the Library of Congress. Less than 40 rock and roll songs have received this honor.

LINK WRAY received a long overdue, well-deserved nomination to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. However, THIRTY YEARS after first becoming eligible, Link Wray has yet to be inducted. The foundation of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame remains incomplete.

THANK YOU for visiting this website. It was created to give Link Wray and his brothers Vernon and Doug some long overdue recognition.

"He's the king. If it hadn't been for Link Wray and RUMBLE, I'd have never picked up a guitar."
Pete Townshend
"Wray's voice is vital, driving and somehow retains the Brando / Dean ambience."
Jon Landau - Rolling Stone magazine

"With RUMBLE, the guitar arrived as an instrument of pure menace."
Colin Escot - rock historian
"Link Wray...he was the beginning of Grunge. Way before anybody you know."
Neil Young

"I learned alot about intensity and commitment and colors of sound from Link. He was one of a kind."
"He's the man who invented punk rock, heavy metal and every other form of sonic nastiness that we currently hold dear."

"The musical equivalent of football's forearm shiver. Short. Nasty. Potentially lethal."
Rock Critic Dave Marsh on RUMBLE
"(Link Wray's) album is so unique, so much a part of a genre all his own..."
Lenny Kaye - Cavalier magazine

"Wray created the overdriven rock guitar sound taken up by Townshend, Hendrix and others."
David Frickie - rock critic
"Link Wray made the electric guitar the weapon of choice in rock and roll."
Greg Laxton -
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