LINK WRAY

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MYSTERY GIGS

Only partial information is available on the gigs below. If you can fill in any blanks, please send us an eMail.

JULY 21, YEAR UNKNOWN
- A poster exists showing Link playing Red Rocks Ampitheater. Believe to be in the 1997 - 2003 time frame. Possibly a cancelled gig?

1956

June 23 - Lucky Ray and the Palomino Ranch Hands - "famous recording artists" - featuring Tiny Jenkins the 447 pound hillbilly
Lewiston Citizen's Association Carnival (source - Frederick Post)

1957

July 12, 7:30 pm - Fredericksburg Arena - Fredericksburg Virginia

The shot heard 'round the world. RUMBLE was first played.

1958

DATE UNKNOWN - Connecticut Belair Swim Club - Silver Spring MD - The Belvederes, Ray Vernon, Link Wray and the Ray Men.


March 14 - Silver Spring MD Armory - Chuck Berry, Henry Wilson, Kalin Twins, Ray Vernon and the Ray Men (with Link?), Milt Grant MC

April 10 - Washington DC - Rock and Roll at the Villa Theater - The Belvederes, Terry and the Pirates, Ray Vernon, Link Wray and Pretty Boy (aka Don Covay)

April 20 - St. Camillius Catholic Church, Silver Spring Maryland - WDON Record Hop - The Belvederes, Terry and the Pirates, Gene Summers, Ray Vernon and Link Wray and the Ray Men.

Ray Vernon and Link Wray both made guest appearances at the April 10 and 20 gigs.

May 2 - Frederick Armory, Frederick MD - Milt Grant Record Hop - with Rusty & Doug and Ray Vernon

May 10 - DICK CLARK'S BEECHNUT SHOW with Pat Suzuki, Dickey Doo and the Don’ts, Mickey and Sylvia, Jan and Arnie and BOB HOPE.

SUMMER DANCE PARTY TOUR - with Frankie Avalon, Jan and Arnie, Dickie Doo and the Donts, Kalin Twins

July 11 - Tom’s River Armory, Toms River PA
July 12 - Saylors Lake, Stroudburg, PA

July 13 - Sleepy Hollow Ranch, PA - between Pennsburg and Quakerstown
July 14 - Recreation Center, Johnson City, NY
July 16 - Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
July 17 - Masonic Temple, Scranton PA
July 18 - Starlight Ballroom, Hershey Park, Pa
July 20 - New Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport CT
July 21 - Tri Town Drive In Theater, Fitchburg, MA
July 23 - Fredericksburg Arena, Fredericksburg, VA - Milt Grant Record Hop - Link Wray and the Ray Men, Ray Vernon, Milt Grant MC
July 24 - National Guard Armory, Salisbury, MD - with Ray Vernon
July 26, 27, 28 - Chaudiere Rose Room, Ottawa CA

August 8 - Hyattsville Maryland Armory - Bobby Darin, Donnie Boyd, Ray Vernon, Milt Grant MC

August 15 - Union Hall, Front Royal VA - Milt Grant Record Hop with Link Wray and the Ray Men

August 23 - Frederick MD - Milt Grant Record Hop with Ray Vernon and Link Wray and the Ray Men



GAC PACKAGE TOUR with Frankie Avalon, the Kalin Twins, Jan and Arnie and Dickie Doo and the Don'ts

July 18 - Starlight Ballroom - Hershey Park PA

July 21 - Tri Town Drive In Theater - Lunenberg MA

July 13 - Sleepy Hollow Ranch - Pennsylvania

1959

February 7 - Centre Theater - Corpus Christi TX (with Twilights, Bobby Doyle, Pastels, 4 Choices, Jives, Al Rogers and Carolyn Bailey)
February 10 - American Bandstand TV appearance.

SPRING DANCE PARTY TOUR - with Link Wray and the Ray Men, the Kalin Twins, Bell Notes, Bill Parsons, Jessie Lee Turner and the All American Boys Band

March 21 - Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Hour. Tommy Leonetti, Annette Funicello, Jackie Wilson and Frankie Ford.

April 1 - Municipal Auditorium - Charleston WVA - benefit for the Kanawa County Crippled Children's Treatment Center
April 7 - Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake IA
April 8 thru 15 - Riverside Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
April 28 - Gayla Ballroom - Independence IA
April 30 - Armar Ballroom - Cedar Rapids IA

May 1 - Roof Garden at Arnold's Park - Spirit Lake IA

date unknown - Avalon Ballroom - La Crosse WI

June 20 - Glen Echo Amusement Park, Glen Echo MD - with Terry and the Pirates, Ray Vernon, Rhythm Masters and Don Dillard MC

July 17 - Glen Echo Amusement Park, Glen Echo MD - with Ray Vernon, Rhythm Masters and Don Dillard MC

August 4 - Fireman's Carnival and Horse Show, Sharpsburg MD
August 15 - Great Eastern Talent Show - Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick MD - with Milt Grant, Ray Vernon and Mitch Miller
August 19 - Westminster Armory - Westminster MD (with Doug Wray, the Arrows, Roy Franklin, Ray Vernon

September 3 - South Hagerstown MD Fireman's Carnival, Superior Dairy Lot, Hagerstown MD
September 5 - Manassas Park Elementary School, Manassas Park VA - Milt Grant Record Hop with Ray Vernon. Milt Grant MC

November 3 - Franc Ross Jewelry Store, Arlington VA - AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Dale Hawkins, Ray Vernon and Milt Grant MC
November 6 - The Rendevous Club - 409 10th Street, Washington DC - Link and the Raymen featuring Ray Vernon

Summer - Fireman's Carnival - Maryland

1961

January - Washington DC - The Ozarks Niteclub - 929 10th Street, Washington DC - Link and the Raymen with Ray Vernon

February 4 - Top Pop Hop at the Alleghany County MD High School - with the Triumphs and the Downbeats

February 24 - Manassas VA Armory - with Ray Vernon and Milt Grant MC. For the High Octanes Car Club.

July 12 - Silver Spring MD Boy's Club - with the Hot Tamales, The Chessmen, Bristow Hopper Music, the Rhythm Masters and Jack Alix MC

July 14 - Silver Spring MD Boy's Club - with The Chessmen, Rhythm Masters and Jack Alix MC

October 6 - Ice Skating Club, College Park, MD - with Ray Vernon, the Renaults, Prince Preston, the Hot Tamales, Little Jimmy Dee and Don Dillard MC

1963

July 10 - American Bandstand. Link performs JACK THE RIPPER.

August - Hunter's Lodge, Fairfax VA - "Rock-A-Hoot" ~ Folk Music vs. Rock and Roll. The "folk" - The Big Three (Cass Elliott, Tim Rose and Jim Hendricks), The Voyaguers, Shadowtown Trio. The "rock" - Marv Johnson, Johnny Stewart, Andy and the Marglows, Joe Bragg and Link Wray.

1965

April 3 - Glen Echo Amusement Park, Glen Echo MD

1970

September 1-2 and 8-10 - Popcorn Pub with the Magic Tramps - Queens NYC

1971

September 16, 17, 18 - The New Monk (Keystone Berkely) California

October 1, 2, 3 - Troubador - Van Nuys, CA - with Kris Kristofferson

October 23 - Electric Impressions TV Show (with Elly Stone), a girls rowing team and “mimicry in the park.”

December 5 - Concert for East Pakistan Refugees - Santa Rita Park, Tucson AZ (with Link Wray’s Family, Mordecai Jones and Jonathan Edwards)

1974

July 7 and 8 - Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA (with Melba Rounds)

September 24 - Sound of the City - Fillmore West, San Francisco CA (with Earthquake and The Rubinoos)
December 27, 28 - Hinterland, San Francisco CA (with Montrose and Little Feat)

1975

January 24 - 8:30 pm - KOHL Benefit Show - Mission High School, San Francisco CA - with Helix and Ron Thompson

May 2 and 3 - The Hinterland, San Francisco CA (with The Straws)
May 12 - The Jellyroll Rock Benefit - Lion’s Share, San Aslemo CA (with Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Mark Naftalin, Quantos)

August 14 - River City, Fairfax CA

September 19 - Marshall Tavern Rock Fest, San Aslemo, CA
September 29 - The Sounds of the City and the Fillmore - San Francisco CA (with Rubinoos, Earthquake and the Jefferson Starship)

November 24 - Inn of the Beginning, Cotati CA (wth the Sneakers)
November 25 - Inn of the Beginning, Cotati CA (with the Nielson Pearson Band)

December 21 - Bill Graham's Winterland Theater - (with Blue Oyster Clut and Kansas)

1977

Robert Gordon and Link Wray

October 13 - New Haven CT
October 14 and 15 - Boston MA
October 18 - Washington DC
October 19 - Baltimore MD
October 20 - Wilmington DE
October 23 - Cleveland OH
October 24 - The Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago IL
October 25 - Minneapolis MN
October 27, 28, 29 - Los Angeles CA
November 3 & 5 - San Francisco

Dates Unknown
Seattle
Dallas
Houston
New Orleans
Atlanta
NYC

1978

Link Wray and Robert Gordon

February 9 - Loeb Auditorium NYU, NY
February 10 - El Casino, Montreal Canada
February 14 - El Mocambo, Montreal Canada

March 14 - Cellar Door, Washington DC
March 20 - Agora Club, Cleveland Ohio
Much 24 - Exit In, Nashville TN


May 4 - with Blondie - The Palladium - NYC
May 6 - with Blondie - Calderone Concert Hall - Long Island NY
May 15 - Pink Pop Festival, Geleen

June 1 - Ancienne Belgique
June 4 - Stokvishal Arnheim
June 5 and 6 -Paradiso, Amsterdam
June 9 and 10 - Exit Club, Rotterdam
June 14 - Music Machine, London. Photogs missed a photo-op here when Bob Dylan and Sid Vicious came backstage to pay respects to Link.

December 2 - Professor Longhair - Loeb Student Center - NYU

1979

January 13 - Volunteer Jam (with Charlie Daniels, Carl Perkins and others)

May 12 - with Bram Tchaikovski - SFP Empire - 41, Avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris

May 15 - Beursschouburg - Brussels, Belgium

June 2 - The Venue, 160-162 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB with Blue Max

August 11 - El Mocambo Club - Canada
August 12 - Fast Lane, Asbury Park NJ

August 24 and 25 - The Paradiso - Amsterdam

1980

May 24 - The Sandpipers - Nottingham UK

May 25 - The Factory - Manchester UK

May 26 - Barbarella's - Birmingham UK

May 28 - Tiffany's - Endinburgh UK

June 28 - with BLUE MAX - The Venue (2 shows) - London UK

1982

September 14 - Dingwalls - London UK

1984

December 27 - International Record Collector’s Fair, Electric Ballroom, Camden.
- with the Screaming Blue Messiahs, Milkshakes and The Hatchetmen

1985

May 18 - with Rank and File - Fender's Ballroom - Long Beach CA (cancelled)

December 27 - London UK

1989

February 23 - Metropol, West Berlin, Germany

1995

October 21 - The Bottom Line, Shepard's Bush - London UK

1996

April 24 and 25 - Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia (billed and Link Wray and the Ace Men)

December 28 - Werkerlangen, Germany

1997

January 1 - Jazzhaus, Freiburg Germany
January 16 - BBC Radio

June 2 - with Blue Max - The Venue - London UK
June 13 - Helsinki Finland
June 14 - Down by the Laituri Festival - Turku
June 15 - Seinajoki Provinssirock Festival - location unknown
June 24 - Club Congress - Tucson AZ
June 26 - Santa Fe Music Hall, Santa Fe NM
June 28 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
June 29 - Center for the Arts - Crested Butte CO

July 2 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland OR
July 3 - Backstage - Seattle WA
July 4 - Virgin Megastore afternoon, Starfish Room evening - Vancouver BC
July 7 - Bimbo's 365 - San Fran CA
July 9 - The Usual - West Hollywood CA
July 10 - House of Blues - Solana Beach CA

October 19 - Iron Horse Hall - Northampton MA
October 20 - Toast - Burlington VT
October 22 - Middle East Club - Cambridge MA
October 23 - Tramps - NYC
October 24 - Stephen's Talkhouse - Amagansett, NY
October 25 - Met Cafe - Providence RI
October 26 - Trocadero - Philadelphia PA
October 27 - The Birchmere - Alexandria VA - CANCELLED
October 29 - Graffitti Showcase - Pittsburg PA
October 30 - Peabody's - Cleveland OH
October 31 - Gilly's - Dayton OH

November 1 - Club Soda - Kalamazoo MI
November 2 - The Majestic - Detroit M
November 3 - House of Blues - Chicago IL (with Los Straitjackets)
November 4 - Maintenance Shop - Ames IA
November 5 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City IA
November 6 - First Avenue - Minneapolis MN
November 7 - O'Cayz Corral - Madison WI
November 8 - The Lafayette - Bloomington IN
November 9 - Majestic Theater - Detroit MI
November 10 - Vogue - Indianapolis IN
November 12 - Automatic Slims - Memphis TN
November 13 - Exit Inn - Nashville TN (with Thee Phantom 5ives)
November 14 and 15 - Star Bar - Atlanta GA

1998

February 18 - House of Blues - Orlando FL
February 20 - Cat's Cradle - Raleigh NC
February 21 - The Double Door - Charlotte NC
February 22 - The Star Bar - Atlanta GA
February 23 - Tipitina's - New Orleans LA
February 25 - Caravan of Dreams - Dallas TX
February 26 - Electric Lounge - Austin TX
February 27 - The Fabulous Satellite Lounge - Houston TX

March 3 - Club Congress - Tucson AZ
March 4 - The Casbah - San Diego CA
March 5 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano CA
March 6 - House of Blues - Los Angeles CA
March 7 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
March 8 - Bimbo's 365 - San Francisco CA

May 1 - Nashville River Stages - Nashville TN
May 3 - House of Blues - Chicago IL
May 4 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor MI
May 5 - Horseshoe Tavern - Ann Arbor MI
May 7 - Club Bene - Morgan NJ
May 8 - Khyber Pass - Philadelphia PA
May 9 - Tramps - NYC (with Southern Culture on the Skids, The Woggles)
May 11 - Chamelon - Harrisonburg PA
May 14 - Alley Katz - Richmond VA (another DC area cancellation…)
May 16 - Local 506 - Chapel HIll NC
May 17 - Double Door - Charlotte NC
May 20 - Iron Horse Music Hall - North Hampton MA
May 21 - Century Lounge - Providence RI
May 22 - Middle East Club - Cambridge MA
May 25 - First Avenue - Minneapolis MN (with Southern Culture on the Skids and Untamed Youth)
May 26 - Grand Emporium - Kansas City MO
May 27 - Duck Room - St. Louis MO
May 29 - The Grog Shop - Cleveland OH
May 30 - Little Brothers - Columbus OH

1999

May 26 - The Coach House - California

May 27 - The Foothill - California

September 2 - Grand Emporium - Kansas City MO

September 5 - House fo Blues - Chicago IL

2000

April 18 - Free Wheels Festival - Cunlhart FRANCE

July 19 - The Grind at Clark University - Worchester MA - CANCELLED?

October 4 - The Wetlands - Poughkeepsie, NY

~ with the Phantom Surfers, Church Keys and Deke Dickerson ~

November 9 - Sala Arena - Madrid Spain
November 10 - La Bascula - Barcelona Spain
November 11 - Sala Jam - Bergara, Spain

CANCELLED DATES due to unknown “injury”

November 22 - Continental Club - Austin TX
November 23 - Continental Club - Houston TX
December 6 - Graceland - Seattle WA

2002

July 3 - Promo West Pavillion - Columbus OH
July 5 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto CAN
July 6 - Cisco Systems Blues Festival - Ottowa CAN
July 9 - Autograph Session at the House of Guitars, then the Montage Grille - Rochester NY
July 10 - Middle East Club - Cambridge MA
July 11 - Maxwells - Hoboken NJ
July 12 - North by Northwest - Philadelphia PA
July 13 - Village Underground - NYC
July 15 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland OH
July 16 - The Magic Bag - Ferndale MI (cancelled)
July 19 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta GA
July 21 - Shim Sham Club - New Orleans LA
July 22 - The Continental Club - Austin TX
July 23 - The Continental Club - Houston TX
July 26 - The Handle Bar - Spartanburg SC
July 27 - Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa FL

2003

Openers The Jet City Fix, then two of the band back Link

February 12 - The Magic Stick - Detroit MI
February 14 - Vnuks Lounge - Cudahy WI
February 15 - Ottos - DeKalb IL
February 16 - Luthers Blues - Madison WI
February 17 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis MN
February 19 - Abbey Pub - Chicago IL
February 21 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland OH
February 22 - Moondog's - Pittsburg PA
February 23 - Montage Grille - Rochester NY
February 25 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo NY (with the Irving Klaws
February 27 - Toad's Place - New Haven CT
February 28 - Downtown Bar and Grille, Farmingdale, NY

March 1 - North by Northwest - Philadelphia PA
March 2 - Turning Point - Piedmont NY
March 3 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton MA
March 5 - Stone Pony - Asbury Park NJ
March 6 - Glenville Spot - Albany NY
March 7 - Sit 'N Bull Pub - Maynard MA
March 8 - Village Underground - NYC

2004

September 31 - Hemsby 33 - CANCELLED

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2005

April 16 - Rockin' 50's Fest - Green Bay WI
April 18 - Knuckleheads Saloon - Kansas City MO (cancelled) (with the Rumble Jets)
April 19 - The Way Out Club - St. Louis MO (with the Cripplers)
April 21 - The Continental Club - Houston TX (with Grady)
April 22 and 23 - The Continental Club - Austin TX (with Grady)
April 28 - The Beta Bar - Tallahassee FL
April 29 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville FL
April 30 - Bamboo Room - Lake Worth FL

May 1 - Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa FL (cancelled)
May 3 - The Earl - Atlanta GA
May 6 - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park NJ (with Brimstones, Allen Oldies and Sonny Kenn)
May 7 - Bank Street Cafe - New London CT
May 9 - Milestones - Rochester NY
May 10 - BB King's Blues Club - NYC
May 12 - Canal Street Tavern - Dayton OH
May 13 - Magic Bag - Ferndale MI
May 14 - Fitzgeralds - Berwyn IL
May 15, 16 and 17 - Oneida Bingo and Casino Hall - Green Bay WI
May 18 - Norshor Theater - Duluth MN (with the Black Labels and Hoot Owls)
May 20 - Vnuk's Loungs - Cudahy WI
May 21 - Underground Tavern (changed from Viele's Planet) - Springfield IL
May 22 - Zoo Bar - Lincoln NE
May 23 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
May 26 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix AZ
May 27 - 19 Broadway - Fairfax CA
May 28 - Casbah - San Diego CA
May 29 - Henry Fonda Theater - Hollywood CA

July 2- -Hootenanny 2005 - Oak Canyon Ranch CA
July 3 - Take One - Las Vegas NV
July 6 - Slim's - San Francisco CA
July 8 - The Clipper - Olympia WA (cancelled) (with the Dirty Birds and Girl Trouble)
July 9 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle WA
July 10 - The Yale Hotel - Vancouver CAN - (cancelled)
July 13 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz CA
July 15 - Fishlips - Bakersfield CA
July 16 - 12th Annual Cruise Night - Glendale CA

September 23 - Le Grillen, France

this show was cancelled, making Link's gig in Glendale his final performance.

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