LINK WRAY

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

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Link’s first recording was released in 1956, making him eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame BEFORE the first inductions in 1986. Few, if any, rock artists have been waiting longer for their rightful place in the Rock Hall.

“Who is Link Wray? Why should he be in the Rock Hall? How can I help get him there?”

The answers are below. Help spread the word. The man who gave rock and roll power chords and distortion is still on the outside looking in.

Link Wray was ahead of his time. Help make 2018 the year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame catches up to Link Wray.

  • WHY LINK WRAY?

    • featured in the film RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD. This Sundance and HotDocs award winning film is currently playing around the world.

    • first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording.

    • credited with inventing the POWER CHORD, the “modus operandi” in rock and roll.

    • first Native American rock star, with RUMBLE selling over a million copies in 1958.

    • only artist to have an INSTRUMENTAL banned from radio airplay. It was feared his song RUMBLE would incite teenage gang violence. (How much more “rock and roll” can you get?)

    • Rock Hall inductees Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson, Slash, Pete Townshend, as well as Dan Auerbach all cite him as a career influence.

    • #45 of the 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS as selected by Rolling Stone magazine.

    • produced the sole LP from the band “Eggs Over Easy,” who are credited with starting the UK pub rock movement, laying the foundation for UK punk rock.

    • music featured in Quentin Tarantino’s PULP FICTION, DESPERADO from Robert Rodriguez, The Sopranos, BLOW featuring Johnny Depp and countless others.

    • crossed over to the hip hop community when DEATH GRIPS sampled RUMBLE in their song SPREAD EAGLE ACROSS THE BLOCK.

    • LINK WRAY DAY declared by Governor’s Proclamation in Maryland and North Carolina.

    • an exhibit and historical marker at his hometown of Dunn North Carolina.

    • Recognized by the National Recording Registry, housed in the Library of Congress for his song RUMBLE. It is recognized as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically important and/or inform or reflect life in the United States” Just over 50 rock songs in history have received this honor.

    • featured in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the Native American Indian “UP WHERE WE BELONG” exhibits in Washington DC, New York City and Canada.

    • 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee.
  • VOTE FOR LINK
    VOTE FOR LINK!

    The Rock Hall gives fans the chance to participate in the induction selection process. VOTE FOR LINK between NOW and December 5, 2017.

    Cast your vote for Link Wray at rockhall.com. Voting is capped at ONE BALLOT per day.

    The top five vote getters will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2018 inductees. 
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  • THE LEGENDS KNOW…
    “It’s important people learn he was a lot more than one song. Although that one song was enough!”
    STEVEN VAN ZANDT, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “It changed everything: RUMBLE made an indelible mark on the whole evolution of where rock and roll was gonna go.”
    ROBBIE ROBERTSON, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “…there was alot about the record RUMBLE that was absolutely right…Oh my God. That record was really important….When it hit was a hit on the radio, all the kids were tuned into it - not just me. Everybody understood: Man, that’s so cool."
    JOHN FOGERTY, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “If I could travel back in time to see one band, it would be Link Wray and the Ray Men.”
    NEIL YOUNG, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “RUMBLE had the power to help me say, “Fuck it! I’m going to be a musician.”
    IGGY POP, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “The first time I heard RUMBLE…that was something that had so much profound attitude. It really does.”
    JIMMY PAGE, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    "He's the king. If it hadn't been for Link Wray and RUMBLE, I'd have never picked up a guitar."
    PETE TOWNSEND, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “RUMBLE was the rawest form of guitar that all the guys I listened to played. That’s where it started.”
    SLASH, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “I love Link Wray.”
    JERRY GARCIA, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


    “RUMBLE is the greatest instrumental ever.”
    BOB DYLAN, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
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If you have any questions, need additional materials, or would like to speak to family members or music historians about Link Wray, please contact Greg Laxton.

“Link on the ballot is amazing news, BUT he has been on before…it’s gonna take a lot of rallying with the HOF voters, but killers like Slash, Robbie Robertson and Stevie Van Zandt have Link fresh in their mind.

It’s been a dream and a personal goal since Tim Johnson and I created the Smithsonian exhibit to get Link Wray into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I, along with Catherine Bainbridge and Christina Fon, hope that our film
RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD will help get it done. NO BACKING DOWN NOW!”

- STEVIE SALAS

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Link Wray - 2018 Rock Hall nominee