As we have posted before, we try really hard not to endorse artists for inductio…

Written by on November 5, 2017



As we have posted before, we try really hard not to endorse artists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. But this year we have very strong feeling about a couple of nominees. With that said…

Today we are remembering the late Fred Lincoln ‘Link’ Wray, Jr. who passed away 12 years ago today on Nov. 5, 2005. Link was an American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who first came to popularity in the late 1950s.

Here is how part of how wikipedia describes him: “Building on the distorted electric guitar sound of early records, his 1958 instrumental hit “Rumble” by Link Wray and his Ray Men popularized “the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists”, making possible “punk and heavy rock”. Rolling Stone placed Wray at No. 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. As far back as 2013 he was announced as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Wray’s first hit, “Rumble”, was banned in New York and Boston for fear it would incite teenage gang violence – a remarkable feat for an instrumental.”

Link influenced many guitarists. Here is Jimmy Page listening to and talking about Link’s “Rumble”

RIP Link. Thank You. We think you deserve to be inducted.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLEUSn8y9TI

Here’s a short clip from the documentary “It Might Get Loud”. Page is listening to Rumble by Link Wray and his Ray Men. It’s cool to see a Rock Legend like P…


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