Link Wray

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1983 (The 1984 Induction Ceremony)

Nominated in: 2014   

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1996 (ranked #205) .


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Link Wray & The Ray Men (1959)

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Rumble (1958)

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Will Link Wray be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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This is in artist who should seriously be considered. He pretty much pioneered using overdrive and fuzz on electric guitar. If not the first, he was also one of the first to use "power chords" (he had a hit in 1958 called "Rumble" that clearly demonstrates this).

...talk about influence!!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 02.18.08 @ 19:27pm


Hey, people!! I just had to add this video...he's probably the main reason rock guitar sounds the way it does. Pete Townsend said he was his biggest influence! Guess what...NOT in the HOF!!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_E4kFolxUuM

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 18:59pm


I had to add these qoutes...just to rest my case...

He is the King; if it hadn't been for Rumble, I would have never picked up a guitar." -- Pete Townsend
If I could go back in time and see one concert it would be Link Wray and His Raymen" - Neil Young
Rumble is the best instrumental ever.” - Bob Dylan

Posted by Terry on Wednesday, 02.20.08 @ 19:41pm


This is in artist who should seriously be considered. He pretty much pioneered using overdrive and fuzz on electric guitar. If not the first, he was also one of the first to use "power chords" (he had a hit in 1958 called "Rumble" that clearly demonstrates this).

...talk about influence!!

Posted by Terry on Monday, 02.18.08 @ 19:27pm


I don't see this person on here much, if at all, but he/she obviously knew what they were talking about in regards to Link Wray. Liam hit the nail on the head with his comment!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 09.25.08 @ 16:49pm


I don't get why Link Wray is not in the Hall of Fame. The committee says that rap can get in the Hall of Fame because they are an influence on many rock artists, but Link Wray is a guitar Pioneer. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan, Neil Young, Bob Dylan all see Link as an influence.

This is the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME why don't you just nominate ROCK AND ROLL ARTISTS.

Posted by Klementowski on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:07pm


don't get why Link Wray is not in the Hall of Fame. The committee says that rap can get in the Hall of Fame because they are an influence on many rock artists, but Link Wray is a guitar Pioneer. Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan, Neil Young, Bob Dylan all see Link as an influence.

This is the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME why don't you just nominate ROCK AND ROLL ARTISTS.

Posted by Klementowski on Friday, 09.26.08 @ 19:07pm

He is the greatest With out him.. The Beach Boys Dick Dale ,Surfaris my not have been...

YES YES

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 09.27.08 @ 11:20am


Favorites:

Rumble

Ramble (the oft-forgotten sequel which changes the structure ever so slightly)

Jack The Ripper - 1961? 1961! This!... in sixty-freakin one!

Big City After Dark

Deuces Wild - Doug Wray on drums - never a real match for classic drummers, but on this one cut, he holds his own w/most anyone.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 09.29.08 @ 17:16pm


Some of my favourites

"Rumble"
"Jack the Ripper"
"Ain't That Lovin' You Babe"
"Run Chicken Run"

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 12.26.08 @ 20:08pm


some of my favourites

"Rumble"
"Jack the Ripper"
"Ain't That Lovin' You Babe"
"Run Chicken Run"

Posted by Keebord on Friday, 12.26.08 @ 20:08pm

The true Father Of Surf and beyond the wave of reverberant twang

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 10:47am


Link Wray should have been inducted years ago. He was a rock pioneer and continued to influence the music and musicians until he passed away. How can the 'Father of the Power Chord' not be an inductee? 'Rumble' alone should be worthy of his induction.Many consider him to be the Father of Punk and Heavy Metal as well. For more information and to sign an online petition check http://www.inductlinkwray.com/

Posted by Eric on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 14:23pm


digitaldreamdoor.com

On their list "The 100 Most Influential Rock and Roll Artists" it is worth mentioning that Link Wray is ranked at #38. Every other artist in the Top 50 have already been inducted into the RRHOF. In fact, in the Top 70, there are only 3 artists who haven't been inducted yet: Link Wray (#38), The Stooges, who are likely getting inducted this January (#53) and Deep Purple (#66)

It is time Link Wray gets inducted.

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 16:13pm


If you are willing to accept that Wray was a pioneer in the use of distortion, in a primitive sense, then Wray has directly affected the following guitarists:

Everyone

O.K. maybe he didn't affect the 1950's artists before him. Try this idea out:

We all know that the Rock Hall wants to be thought of in some way as a musical Cooperstown of sorts. I once saw a documentary that stated that from 1876 to 1999 there were roughly 17,000 or 18,000 baseball players in the game's history. Now I have no idea how many rock acts between the early 50's and today have come down the pike. Let's say about 10,000 have had records released in this time, successful or otherwise (I think that might be a good guess - we're about 55 yrs in).

Out of that, just how many bands have been influenced by Wray's early experiments? I'd say somewhere between 7,500 and 9,000, roughly. That includes everyone, from local 60's garage rockers to underground thrash bands, all of whom have taken the ground Link started with and moved in so many different directions. This would have to put Wray, at the barest minimum, as one of the top 5 most influential musicians EVER in rock.

If you're gonna say he's the 1st, that means EVERYONE from 1958 onward would have some indirect link of sorts to Wray. He would have to be one of the top 5, if not actually #1, numerically speaking. I don't know, have I missed something here?

Let me know what you think... and try not to let the egg nog do the talking here, if you may.


Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 17:36pm


Cheesie...As far as a guitarist/inventor who influenced everyone, I'd have to say Les Paul probably comes as close as anyone to fit that bill. His influence went beyond playing, and into guitar design a nd multi-track recording. Link Wray's style was embraced by the masses, but wouldn't have happened without Les Paul.

Just my casual opinion, of course...

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 12.27.08 @ 17:52pm


May I direct your attention to the last post I left on the Link Wray page (Saturday). - Cheesecrop
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Cheesecrop, I guess yor comment was for me? Have to admit the names of artists who rate "Rumble" as a big-time influence is impressive. It includes Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Pete Townsend, among others. Wray actually reminds me a lot of Young (both musically & in appearance).

But the argument here seems to be that Wray was pioneer of the power chord, and that everyboy who came afterward is indebted to him? Now I'm only a novice guitar player, but to me power chords were a pretty basic development. If Wray was first, more power to him (pun intended). But I would call that a discovery not an invention. Like America, somebody was gonna find it sooner or later! As for "distortion" I've seen 5 or 6 names of different people who supposedly invented that. (btw Gitarzan, are you making a case for Les Paul?)

My original comment was re Moody Blues, who were also pioneering, but their sound was big and refined. Link Wray had I think a very raw sound - "Raw-hide" and "Rumble" being representative of his style. Now I generally don't subscribe to theories that artists B,C,D (who came after) would never have existed w/o influence of artist A (who came before). However, this dude gets credit for a lot of influence, so I will throw in my hat.

YES for Link Wray.

Posted by Telarock on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 19:49pm


Telarock...nah, he's already in. I'm just saying that most everything pertaining to electric guitar, modern recording, and effects pretty much started with him. I agree with what you're saying about Link Wray's use of distortion and overdrive, though...he influenced a lot of people.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 20:04pm


Gitarzan, just to be clear, LES PAUL is "already in" (not Link Wray). The topic is Link Wray. Yes, we agree on Les Paul being a great innovator. But I didn't actually credit Link Wray for distortion and overdrive - at least a halfdozen people I know of make those same claims. I don't know which to believe?

Posted by Telarock on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 20:22pm


Telarock...Yep, I was talking about Les Paul. Being a long-time player, it had always been my understanding that distortion, overdrive, and playing with 5th (power) chords was directly linked to Link Wray...no pun intended!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 21:24pm



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Posted by Telarock on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 19:49pmWray actually reminds me a lot of Young (both musically & in appearance).


I see very little in common with Young and Wray..

I like Youngs stuff just don't see it other than they both play guitar...I guess Young can get edgy twang but not tight pocket like Wray.

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Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 12.28.08 @ 22:39pm


First I was surprised to learn Link Wray wasn't inducted, but it turns out he hasn't even been considered! RRHOF's most glaring omission? He just might be. Wray may not be a big superstar, but his influence on rock 'n roll and beyond is immense. Inducting him should be the Hall's main priority. Sadly, they haven't even thought about him.

Posted by The_Claw on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 02:39am


I see very little in common with Young and Wray.. - mrxyz
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mrxyz, below are some samples to show my point.

Wray "Rumble" video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEUBV8qPZhw
Young videos:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_tJnj2j5kI
www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eWEfnhWbow
www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYV6PAckr5w
www.youtube.com/watch?v=un3ZGzbltkU

That last one is mainly due to the sunglasses (at night), but also the guitar swagger. To my eyes and ears there are obvious similarities.

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 09:52am


"RRHOF's most glaring omission?"

Yes of course. Link Wray (RIP) INVENTED the POWER CHORD. Rock as we know it wouldn't exist without LINK WRAY.

A petition of some sort needs to be formed for the *ADDITION OF LINK WRAY INTO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME*

YOU ARE INDUCTING THE LIKES OF MADONNA AND RUN DMC AND LINK WRAY IS IGNORED?!!!!!?

YOUR ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME AS YOU KNOW IT WOULD NOT EXIST IF IT WAS NOT FOR LINK WRAY

LINK WRAY MUST BE INDUCTED IMMEDIATELY

Posted by SUPPORT LINK WRAY VOTE FOR HIM SIGN PETITION on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 13:55pm


SUPPORT LINK, zat yor monkier? So you want to insist Wray "invented" the power chord? Okay, Im kool with that. Belongs in Rock Hall? YES, agree on that.

But to any petition for Link Wray I say, No way Jose! I hate dumb petitions. If you love Link Wray so much, form a party of one and write personal letters to all the nominating committee people. While yor at it, tell them NOT to nominate the likes of Madonna and anymore hip-hop artists! (kill 2 birds w/ yor one stone so to speak)

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 14:21pm


at last one is mainly due to the sunglasses (at night), but also the guitar swagger. To my eyes and ears there are obvious similarities.

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 09:52am


Yeah Young and SRV an even Esteban kinda have Wrays look lol
I am pleased that many have come to the realization Wray is the real think ..If you know what I mean..!?!!!!!!
Surfs UP!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 20:11pm


Come to think about.. Dick Dale has taken his look and his sound he wished.. lol I like Young but he should of stuck with Dewey Martin on drums LOL the other 2 no comment
SURFS UP RU..?!!
HAPPY NEW YEARS
YES$ TO WRAY

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 12.29.08 @ 20:15pm


YES!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 01.12.09 @ 21:06pm


110% Yes past due in intrest billing YES

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 10:51am


mrxyz, what's so great about Link Wray? His one big hit Rumble uses power chords, but it is almost banal in its simplicity. Enlighten me please. WHY do you think he's so great?

Posted by Worm on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 11:40am


so great about Link Wray? His one big hit Rumble uses power chords, but it is almost banal in its simplicity. Enlighten me please. WHY do you think he's so great?

Posted by Worm on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 11:40am

That "1 BIG" hit lit the fire to 1000's of hits ..
Also he was a great sideman...If you have to ask you just don't know....lol
"All you need is EARS"



Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 14:38pm


Was hoping for a little more elaboration given your "110%" rating of the dude! "1 BIG" hit and "great sideman" does not convince me. Why should it convince the Hall of Fame people?

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 08:49am


Who is to say that the category of "Early Influence" must only have artists from the pre Rock and Roll era. Link Wray's mark on music is the Power Chord and distortion in the late 50's. But his recordings as an "artist" are not necessarily that of a Hall of Famer. Since the power chord and distortion became such a trademark in the genres of Hard Rock, Metal and Punk, which were popularized in the 60's and 70's, why can't he be inducted as an "Early Influence"? I mean, he certainly pre-dates these genres. I certainly think that he should go in and it would seem this would be the best avenue for his induction.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 09:23am


Thanks for the reply Dameon. I know the power chord is Wray's main claim to fame, but one very simple tune Rumble does not a 'body of work' make. Don't know if Wray can make it as "early influence" but I agree that would be best hope for him.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 13:37pm


Was hoping for a little more elaboration given your "110%" rating of the dude! "1 BIG" hit and "great sideman" does not convince me. Why should it convince the Hall of Fame people?

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 08:49am

I would say ..it is quality not quantiy...Back in them old rock and roll days 1 big HIT was about IT.. If you were lucky to even get that...Then getting paid was a whole nother story!!
"ALL YOU NEED IS EARS"

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 16:56pm


mrxyz, I think it is quality AND quantity. So at best I give Wray "early influence" because several Hall of Fame artists have cited Rumble as an influence. Otherwise he's got no chance of getting in.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 17:13pm


mrxyz, I think it is quality AND quantity. So at best I give Wray "early influence" because several Hall of Fame artists have cited Rumble as an influence. Otherwise he's got no chance of getting in.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 17:13pm

Yeah he may not get in..But how many hits did the The Velvet Underground have...?
From SRV to Dick Dale even some think Neil Young copied or applied much of his format..
I don't know ..I would think if you can say play and do it right once thats better than beating a dead horse...













Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 18:28pm


hanks for the reply Dameon. I know the power chord is Wray's main claim to fame, but one very simple tune Rumble does not a 'body of work' make.
Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 13:37pm

More than 1 tune any way s Raw-Hide,Jack The Ripper,Big City Stomp,I'm Branded
are all classic stuff. also studio and he had 20 lp's or more so if you need volume there ya go...

He is in the inside of the music world the real players know it Hendrix,Beck ,. Woods, Slash

Heck you talk about "a sound" he would put little holes in his speaker and crank the reverb.... Now that light years in front of Hendrix SRV ,Who ,Beck ,Page etc,,, back then they didn't have gismos t The cat was ROCKIN.. !!!

Yeah your right he ain't got it.. Just not HOLLYWOOD HYPE!! enjoy your rock stars LOL READ ALL ABOUT>>

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 19:23pm


Awrite mrxyz, at least now I got a decent response out of you. However, I will say that poking holes in his speakers doesn't count for innovation. It's like applying airbrush to a picture to fuzz it out so you don't see ugley. But not saying Link Wray needed to do that.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 20:44pm


write mrxyz, at least now I got a decent response out of you. However, I will say that poking holes in his speakers doesn't count for innovation. It's like applying airbrush to a picture to fuzz it out so you don't see ugley. But not saying Link Wray needed to do that.

Posted by Worm on Thursday, 01.29.09 @ 20:44pm


Poking holes was innovation.. in 1956 .. years later they made gizmos to create the same sounds ..
...It was called gain, drive and fuzz box...etc...
He rocks..It is funny how people loose their roots of rock..

Link was real rock not your MTV wanta BE..

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 00:35am


mrxyz - Link Wray deserves induction, but not as an artist. You may think Rumble is all you need, but most people don't think like that. He deserves induction as an influence.

I never lost my roots, but it takes hundreds of roots for a tree to grow. And I am not of the opinion that all of them need to be honored equally. Some roots are weaker than others.

Again, this is all one man's opinion.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 05:43am


I never lost my roots, but it takes hundreds of roots for a tree to grow. And I am not of the opinion that all of them need to be honored equally. Some roots are weaker than others.

Again, this is all one man's opinion.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 05:43am


All I can say is His roots are strong deep. From the songs of Hendrix to Van Halen ..He is the father of POWER CHORDS.. the inventor of fuzz ,gain sound..One of the "real" Fathers of Surf Sound.. His Rumble and other HITS are still played today...! Lets see How many Maddona of her 100 pluss tunes are played 50 years from now or Coven even Van Halen.. Even if some{1or 3} survive the waves of time .His only few Hits are still alive.. and Rocking...!!!!I did not hear Link say he owes it all or alot to Hendrix or Clapton or SRV etc. ..LOL
I feel sorry for you guys that think 1 hit ain't enough to create a sound and song we still hear ..As far as I can read most of you are 75% HOLLYWOOD HYPED..I know you love music so enjoy it and go beyond..
"ALL YOU NEED IS EARS" lol

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 12:55pm


So info and he is the real rock ZORRO the "MAN in Black From Lou Reed toS RV and a host of other copy rock cats..


Rock guitarist Link Wray was born on May 2nd in North Carolina. In his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble," Wray invented the power chord, the basis of modern rock guitar-playing from thrash to heavy metal. He is the missing link in the history of rock guitar in that he is not often given credit for being the connection between early blues guitarists and the late '60s gods (Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, etc.).

Wray began his career in the early '50s as a member of Lucky Wray and the Palomino Ranch Hands, a band that he formed with his brothers Vernon and Doug. They moved from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., where they recorded an EP.

Soon after, Wray began concentrating on guitar, since an earlier bout with tuberculosis began to make singing increasingly difficult. He then developed his guitar style: a slow drag across distorted strings in a simple chord progression. This led to his recording of "Rumble," which cracked the U.S. top 20, despite being banned by some radio stations because its title connoted gang violence. The Wrays then signed to Epic Records after disagreeing with their original label, Cadence, which wanted to tone down the tough image they began to have from "Rumble." The Wrays' next single, the pounding "Rawhide," went to #23 and was a hit among leather-jacketed, motorcycle-loving male youths. Link Wray was becoming the hero of juvenile elinquents and this scared record companies, who forced him to record non-rock songs such as "Danny Boy" with orchestras.

The Wrays tried forming their own record company, Rumble Records, which produced their next big hit, "Jack The Ripper." The song was later used in the '80s remake of the film "Breathless," starring Richard Gere. The company was short-lived and the Wrays found themselves at U.K.-based Swan Records, where they were given free rein to create what they wanted. What followed was a decade of improvised, guitar-heavy records issued under strange names such as the Moon Men and the Spiders. The '70s were filled with ups and downs for Link Wray. In 1971, his self-titled solo album was critically lauded but didn't sell, and none of his other releases made a splash. He spent some time backing Robert Gordon -- the singer for New York punkers the Tuff Darts -- on a rockabilly project and also recorded several albums in the '80s that relied heavily on drum machines. He attracted attention with rare live appearances in which he proved that he could still wow 'em with the guitar style he pioneered.




The Original Man in Black:
Link Wray still rumbles

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 13:21pm


All I can say mrxyz is that I have been playing guitar for almost 40 years and although I am well aware of Link Wray and his conribution, (especialy since I am in love with the Power Chord), I do not think he enters as an artist; at least not in the forseeable future. However, as an early influence, I would like to see it happen rather quickly.

As for his music lasting forever, I haven't heard Rumble or any of his other songs on the radio in the last 35 years. But then, I don't listen to Oldie Stations.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 13:26pm


All I can say mrxyz is that I have been playing guitar for almost 40 years and although I am well aware of Link Wray and his conribution, (especialy since I am in love with the Power Chord), I do not think he enters as an artist; at least not in the forseeable future. However, as an early influence, I would like to see it happen rather quickly.

As for his music lasting forever, I haven't heard Rumble or any of his other songs on the radio in the last 35 years. But then, I don't listen to Oldie Stations.

Have a good weekend and enjoy the Super Bowl.

Posted by Dameon on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 13:26pm

Funny I just hear Rumble and Rawhide on xm and Sire Yesterday.. You may want to get in the 21st century... I am sure the HOLLYWEOOD HYPE won't let him in .. Heck even the "LINK CLONE SRV" can't get in.. lol

Go to your roots you will find peace...
{SMILE}

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.30.09 @ 13:31pm


mrxyz said "Link Wray formed a band called Moon Men & The Spiders."

I wonder if that's where David Bowie got the idea for "Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars"

Posted by Bingo on Friday, 06.19.09 @ 10:34am


Link deserves induction. He was one of the pioneers of power chord and influenced the first proto-punkers(Pete Townsend, etc.). Sadly I think allmusic is right with his chances of getting in. "Link Wray may never get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" are the first words one his page.

Posted by Dude Man on Sunday, 06.28.09 @ 18:16pm


When George Harrison, auditioned for the lead guitar position with The Beetles, George Harrison played Link Wray’s hit “Rumble” for the audition. John Lennon little it, and George Harrison got the job.

Now I wonder, wouldn’t you call that influential?

Link Wray’s influence on every rock guitar player that ever strapped on a guitar, and played his or her first power chord (i.e. Pete Townsend, Neal Young, Joan Jett, and Kurt Cobain to name a few) is too obvious.

Its time Link Wray is honored for his contributions to the development of Rock guitar, which many have profited from, both in monetary compensation, and personal enjoyment.

Posted by John on Sunday, 07.5.09 @ 11:53am


it's sad when all these underrated yet highly influential artists get ignored so much by the HOF.

i think the same goes with MC5

Posted by Justin on Thursday, 07.30.09 @ 16:54pm


Link Wray’s influence on every rock guitar player that ever strapped on a guitar, and played his or her first power chord (i.e. Pete Townsend, Neal Young, Joan Jett, and Kurt Cobain to name a few) is too obvious.
Posted by John on Sunday, 07.5.09 @ 11:53am


The real man in BLACK is.{drum roll}................................................................................................ !!! # !!Link WRay not SRV.... or what is guys name King of smurf.. who now wears black often


WRAY ROCKS!!!

Posted by mrxyz on Thursday, 07.30.09 @ 23:58pm


The real rocker in Black !!!
before it was the thang to br.. YO

Yhis cat is nothing but reals

YES

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 09.22.09 @ 22:37pm


HELP INDUCT LINK WRAY INTO THE ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME UNDER THE EARLY INFLUENCE CATEGORY

LINK WRAY FOR 2010!!!

Posted by McKeegan on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 17:05pm


Heck, I'll say "All the Way with Wray" for 2010!

The problem here is that he's not really an early influence (though I wouldn't complain if he got in that way). I'd prefer it as an artist first. He should be right up there w/all the 1950's icons.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 18:54pm


The real "man in black" The man rocks before rock was rollin! Fromm SRV to surf sounds, fron the "Who" to Who knows what! Wray is da 1 MAN ..! YES to the best.. Real rockin Wray no hype just rock and roll all night!

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 10.4.09 @ 20:41pm


There, I just voted Yes on Link Wray ... probably negating an earlier No vote. Reason? Because now I am seeing him discussed as Early Influence. I would concede that status based upon what Bob Dylan and Neil Young among others have said. He in no way has a discography to support Performer status. Accord him same as Wanda Jackson. His career was interesting-compelling enuff, he merits a place.

Posted by Telarock on Monday, 10.5.09 @ 09:50am


Before SRV the real "man in BLACK" a true rocker YES to the best... love Stevie but Link Wray first

Posted by mrxyz on Sunday, 10.18.09 @ 18:59pm


If not yesterday when is tomorrow..?

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 11.16.09 @ 22:06pm


Link Wray should have been amongst the first 100 inductees to a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But it's painfully obvious, after insulting the world's intelligence by not inducting him in his lifetime, and STILL have not -- that they're gonna give him some kind of token "Early Influence" BULLS#IT because of the huge stink that's taken place here on the internet and elsewhere. It's to cover their big, fat asses, because they are complete ignoramuses.

"As for his music lasting forever, I haven't heard Rumble or any of his other songs on the radio in the last 35 years. But then, I don't listen to Oldie Stations."

No, they don't play & never have played Link Wray on "oldies stations". SO WHAT?! They don't play The Stooges or MC5 either! It just shows that Golden Mouldy Oldies Radio (and commercial radio in general, SUCKS THE BIG ONE!. The real rockers know damned well who Link Wray is, and that's all that matters.

FU#K the R&R HOF. I don't care if they EVER induct Link. He's TOO GOOD FOR THEM ANYWAY!

Check out a MUCH better organization, The Rockabilly Hall of Fame. (Google it, Sherlock)...

Posted by psycho*davy on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 05:52am


No, they don't play & never have played Link Wray on "oldies stations". SO WHAT?! They don't play The Stooges or MC5 either! It just shows that Golden Mouldy Oldies Radio (and commercial radio in general, SUCKS THE BIG ONE!. The real rockers know damned well who Link Wray is, and that's all that matters.

FU#K the R&R HOF. I don't care if they EVER induct Link. He's TOO GOOD FOR THEM ANYWAY!

Check out a MUCH better organization, The Rockabilly Hall of Fame. (Google it, Sherlock)...

Posted by psycho*davy on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 05:52am


They play LINK WRAY on Satellite radio such as SIRIUS Get with it FM is old and out of date..

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 09:05am


Yeah, get Sirius, that's fine and dandy for those wealthy enough to afford it, but there will always be a Rock N Roll underground; you just gotta dig, dig? Digital formats/radio/etc will forever change every few years, but vinyl will never die. Long live vinyl, the original format. Support local mom & pop record shops, wherever they may (still) be.

Posted by psycho*davy on Saturday, 12.12.09 @ 21:43pm


Any chance Link Wray will be inducted in 2010 for Early Influence?

Likely not, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.

Posted by The Drummer on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 11:25am


by Cub Koda & Steve Leggett (Re-printed from www.allmusic.com)

"Link Wray may never get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but his contribution to the language of rockin' guitar would still be a major one, even if he had never walked into another studio after cutting "Rumble." Quite simply, Link Wray invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists. Listen to any of the tracks he recorded between that landmark instrumental in 1958 through his Swan recordings in the early '60s and you'll hear the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash, you name it. Though rock historians always like to draw a nice, clean line between the distorted electric guitar work that fuels early blues records to the late-'60s Hendrix-Clapton-Beck-Page-Townshend mob, with no stops in between, a quick spin of any of the sides Wray recorded during his golden decade punches holes in that theory right quick. If a direct line can be traced forward from a black blues musician crankin' up his amp and playing with a ton of violence and aggression to a young white guy doing a mutated form of same, the line points straight to Link Wray, no contest. Pete Townshend summed it up for more guitarists than he probably realized when he said, "He is the king; if it hadn't been for Link Wray and "'Rumble,'" I would have never picked up a guitar."

Everything that was handed down to today's current crop of headbangers from the likes of Led Zeppelin and the Who can be traced back to the guy from Dunn, NC, who started out in 1955 recording for Starday as a member of Lucky Wray & the Palomino Ranch Hands. You see, back in the early '50s, it was a different ball game altogether. Rock & roll hadn't become a national event in the United States yet, and if you were young and white and wanted to be in the music business, you had two avenues for possible career moves. You could be a pop-mush crooner like Perry Como or a hillbilly singer like the late Hank Williams, and that was about it. With country music all around him as a youth in North Carolina, the choice was obvious; Wray joined forces with his brothers Vernon and Doug, forming Lucky Wray & the Lazy Pine Wranglers, later changing the band name to the spiffier-sounding Palomino Ranch Hands. By the end of 1955, they had relocated outside of Washington, D.C., and added Shorty Horton on bass. With Link, Horton, and brothers Doug and Vernon ("Lucky," named after his gambling fortunes) handling drums and lead vocals respectively, they fell in with some local songwriters, and the results made it to vinyl as an EP on the local Kay label, with the rest of the sides being leased to Starday Records down in Texas.

But by 1958, the music had changed, and so had Wray's life. With a lung missing from a bout with tuberculosis during his stint in the Korean War, Link was advised by his doctor to let brother Vernon do all the vocalizing. So Link started stretching out more and more on the guitar, coming up with one instrumental after another. By this time, the band had sweated down to a trio, and changed its name to the Ray Men. After a brief flirtation as a teen idol -- changing his name to Ray Vernon -- the third Wray brother became the group's producer/manager. Armed with a 1953 Gibson Les Paul, a dinky Premier amp, an Elvis sneer, and a black leather jacket, Link started playing the local record hops around the D.C. area with disc jockey Milt Grant, who became his de facto manager. One night during a typical set, says Link, "They wanted me to play a stroll. I didn't know any, so I made one up. I made up "'Rumble.'"

"Rumble" was originally issued on Archie Bleyer's Cadence label back in 1958, and Bleyer was ready to pass on it when his daughter expressed excitement for the primitive instrumental, saying it reminded her of the rumble scenes in West Side Story. Bleyer renamed it (what its original title was back then, if any, is now lost to the mists of time), and "Rumble" jumped to number 16 on the national charts, despite the fact that it was banned from the radio in several markets (including New York City), becoming Wray's signature tune to this day. But despite the success and notoriety of "Rumble," it turned out to be Wray's only release on Cadence. Bleyer, under attack for putting out a record that was "promoting teenage gang warfare," wanted to clean Link and the boys up a bit, sending them down to Nashville to cut their next session with the Everly Brothers' production team calling the shots. The Wrays didn't see it that way, so they immediately struck a deal with Epic Records. Link's follow-up to "Rumble" was the pounding, uptempo "Rawhide." The Les Paul had been swapped for a Danelectro Longhorn model (with the longest neck ever manufactured on a production line guitar), its "lipstick tube" pickups making every note of Link's power chords sound like he was strumming with a tin can lid for a pick. The beat and sheer blister of it all was enough to get it up to number 23 on the national charts, and every kid who wore a black leather jacket and owned a hot rod had to have it.

But a pattern was emerging that would continue throughout much of Wray's early career; the powers that be figured that if they could tone him down and dress him up, they'd sell way more records in the bargain. What all these producers and record execs failed to realize was the simplest of truths: if Duane Eddy twanged away for white, teenage America, Link Wray played for juvenile delinquent hoods, plain and simple. By the end of 1960, Wray found himself in the mucho-confining position of recording with full orchestras, doing dreck like "Danny Boy" and "Claire de Lune." But when these gems failed to chart as well, relations with Epic came to a close, and by years' end, Link and Vern formed their own label, Rumble Records.

Rumble's three lone issues included the original version of Wray's next big hit, "Jack the Ripper." If "Rumble" sounded like gang warfare, then "Jack the Ripper" sounded like a high-speed car chase, which is exactly what it became the movie soundtrack for in the Richard Gere version of Breathless. Link's amp was recorded at the end of a hotel staircase for maximum echo effect, while he pumped riffs through it that would become the seeds of a million metal songs. After kicking up noise locally for a couple of years, it was going through another period of disc jockey spins when Swan Records of Philadelphia picked it up and got it nationwide attention. Certainly Wray was at his most prolific during his tenure with Swan, and label president Bernie Binnick gave Link and Vernon pretty much free rein to do what they wanted. Turning the family chicken coop into a crude, three-track studio, the Wray family spent the next decade recording and experimenting with sounds and styles.

At least now they could succeed -- or fail -- on their own terms. Most of these sides were leased out as one-shot deals to a zillion microscopic labels under a variety of names like the Moon Men, the Spiders, the Fender Benders, etc. What fueled this period of maximum creativity is open to debate. A lot of it had to do with the fact that Link and the boys honed their particular brand of rockin' mayhem working some of the grimiest joints on the face of the planet when these tracks were cut. When Swan label chief Binnick was questioned as to how he could issue such wild-ass material, he would smile, throw his hands up in the air and say, "What can you do with an animal like that?" "

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The menacing sound of "Rumble" (and its title) led to a ban on several radio stations, a rare feat for a song with no lyrics, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. Nevertheless it became a huge hit, not only in the United States, but also Great Britain, where it has been cited as an influence on The Kinks and The Who, and Jimmy Page among others. Jimmy Page cites the song in the Davis Guggenheim documentary "It Might Get Loud" and proceeds to play air guitar to the song in the movie. Pete Townshend stated in unpublished liner notes for the 1970 comeback album, "He is the king; if it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,' I would have never picked up a guitar."

Posted by anonymous on Sunday, 12.13.09 @ 18:36pm


i think what people are missing is this: Link Wray was way ahead of his time. those against Link only want to count record sales, or corporate profits made off an artist. but when you are years ahead of your time (even decades), record sales is not where you are going to find evidence of talent and influence. it is hard to think of a form of rock that didn't begin with Link Wray - the obvious exception being "Pop Music". Grunge, Punk, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock, Surf, Alternative, etc - most all forms have roots in Wray.

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 21:59pm


Wray played professionally over 60 years - more than most people even live on this earth ... and everyone is forgetting the atmosphere in the 50's - this was a time when "Elvis type Rock" was Satan's music. haha - if so, Link created new depths to hell!

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 22:01pm


Link personified the essence of Rock to come - the anti-establishment spirit to be free and independent, anti-control, anti anything that prevented people from developing their intrinsic potentials ... anti-conformity, individuality. Link was TOO far ahead of his time, that is his trouble here. TOO far ahead to be appreciated, and too anti-big-organization and too much his own man to play the corporate kiss-ass games. yet, defining all of which embodies the essence of R+R. far as i know, Elvis couldn't even play guitar, or write a song - he was just basically a singing performer that liked to thrust his hips, wear cutsie clothing, and greasy hairdoos. if Elvis was King, Wray was God. Wray created the foundation of R+R, period.

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 22:04pm


there was nobody before him to point the way - Wray was the Big Bang - in the beginning, there was a void, then there was Wray and Rock+Roll ... and then came all else (excepting the "pop" going-along-to-get-along types of music). the fact that Wray wasn't the 1st inductee only goes to show what a mindless corporate slave-state we live in today. anyone that disagrees with that either never played music, or has no understanding of what the essence of Rock truly is. people say his music was simple, hah ... they don't understand that Wray understood that the silence between the notes was just as important as the notes themselves. i learned Beatles songs when i was 6 on my guitar, but that doesn't mean i played with the talent of George Harrison. i doubt that any single person started more people jamming R+R than Link. a man could actually learn to play by hearing his music - and i can't say that about any others. Wray pioneered the "bad ass" rock-and-roller look and sound. the look and sound of the individual who was going to remain that way because he was tough enough to stand on his own. there's a million reasons Wray should've been the #1 inductee at the start - and there isn't a single other rock-and-roller that is even fit to wash Wray's feet. nobody even comes close, unless you are only counting record sales and/or evolutionary musical complexity. neither of which mean anything at all as far as innovative talent, setting the foundation for future musicians to come, defining the spirit of Rock for decades to come, and continuing to light the brushfires of R+R longer than most people even live in this world. anyone that doesn't "get it" should just go back to their Top40 station and stay away from those with an intimate understanding of what the words Rock-and-Roll truly represent.

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 22:05pm


a last thought: i am not sure, but it might be that Link Wray was the 1st band to record and produce their own albums, and in a shack no less ... without a drumset, banging on whatever they had around ... and ending up with a critically acclaimed album! talk about innovation and talent! i wonder how many years passed before another band accomplished such a feat. and what songs about native americans can compare to Comanche and Shawnee? have the critics here ever listened to Link's music, or studied his life and history? i wonder.

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 22:43pm


who was the 1st to record a song about a super-hero, or a TV theme? hehe ... Link was the first in so many areas, you could write a book on it.

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 22:53pm


Link probably has the world record for playing small venues like bars, schools, and clubs as well!

Posted by chad on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 22:56pm


The man are some of the roots of rock Also the Rock and Roll hall of fame mention him as one of having one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll

Posted by mrxyz on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 23:32pm


the reason Link Wray was not inducted is because he wasn't a good little lapdog for the corporate pimps. this isn't a RRHOF, it's a POP hall of fame for those that were "made" by big business for big business. and those are the people Link Wray despised ... always true to the soul of R+R.

Posted by chad on Tuesday, 02.9.10 @ 08:49am


Another that should be in years ago an way before many LOL

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 02.27.10 @ 23:41pm


A real rocker.. He is part of the big bang of rock many copiied him and tried to call it there own.. Many also said they old lots to him. He sould be In He took chances when it was a chance before it was OK ....A rule breaker not a rock faker

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.3.10 @ 09:12am


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Posted by mrxyxomg on Sunday, 09.26.10 @ 09:10am


Hello to all. Link Wray is my uncle. His brother is my father

Posted by Vern Gregory on Tuesday, 10.12.10 @ 19:34pm


He deserves in as an early influence for his contribution to the roots of hard rock and metal. but not as an artist, his one claim to fame Rumble, is a boring simplistic dirge.

Posted by GFW on Friday, 11.12.10 @ 12:01pm


GFW, "Rumble" may sound boring to you now in the 21st century, but it was revolutionary when it came out, have you ever heard some of the "old bluesmen?" If Gitarzan was still posting around here, he'd tell what a big snoozefest he thought those guys were...

And Link Wray doesn't fit the criteria for the Hall's early influence category, if he would ever be inducted it would be in the main performer category (unless they pull a Wanda on us, which realistically is probably the only way he'd get in at this point).

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 03.22.11 @ 09:00am


It actually annoys me how the old bluesguys are held in such high regard. Okay, they had influence, I won't deny that, but Influence isn't everything. The music has to hold up too.

Posted by GFW on Tuesday, 03.22.11 @ 15:21pm


Put him in as an influence (there should be one outside the early influence category) He revolutionized the guitar, but his stuff isn't that good.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 06.5.11 @ 11:11am


Influence: Link Wray was a massive influence on guitarists. 40
Innovation: He was one of the, if not the first guitarist to use distortion. 40
Commercial: apart from Rumble, no.
Critical respect: He dosen't really get talked about often for some reason. 15

Considering I gave him two bonuses divide 95 by 1.2... 80. exactly why isn't this guy in?

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 10.15.11 @ 07:07am


This is a no brainer. A total travesty that he is not in. Period

Posted by Steve. on Wednesday, 11.2.11 @ 23:10pm


Rolling Stone Magazine's latest list of 100 Greatest Guitarists

# 45 Link Wray
# 74 Dick Dale

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.27.11 @ 10:41am


RUMBLE ! Link Wray and the Raymen 1958 ! Everything we love that's loud begins here !!! Art Wray

Posted by Art "Lobo" Wray on Sunday, 01.8.12 @ 12:37pm


You said it best Art.Chuck Berry is Rock and Roll. Link Wray is ROCK. Rumble is the first child of ROCK GUITAR. Rumble put the Guitar out front , and created the Rock and Hard Rock, and 60' Garage sounds that came AFTER RUMBLE. I am 56 yr old. I did my last gig 2years ago. My opening song was RUMBLE,I played it on a sparkle blue dan electro with three lipstic pickups and a wammy bar, and I dedicated it Link Wray.

Posted by stevieb on Tuesday, 01.10.12 @ 12:36pm


Hey Art. I know you are one of Link's biggest fans...Enjoyed our talks...I considered you a great fan....My Best. Link's Music did inspire artists around the world. I have a lot of memeories.

Posted by Sharon Wray on Wednesday, 05.2.12 @ 13:27pm


Speaking of real rock an roll! He is fantastic!

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 05.3.12 @ 09:52am


The biggest 1950s snub, bar none. I am honestly shocked that Link Wray has not received his proper due in the hall. Why is this guitar virtuoso and all-around legend not yet inducted? I'm not a huge fan of guitar distortion, but Wray knew how to use it without sounding overblown.

Influence? OK, here goes: Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Neil Young, MC5, The Stooges, The Cramps, The Sex Pistols, and plenty of others have all acknowledged Wray's influence on their music.

Innovation? In spades. He introduced the power chord to rock 'n' roll. No Link Wray = No punk and heavy metal.

Get Link Wray and the Raymen in the Hall right away!

Sorry GFW, but Rumble is anything but boring. It's the only instrumental that ever got banned from airplay on some radio stations because they thought it would incite youth violence. Sounds like the exact opposite of boring to me.

Posted by Zach on Sunday, 12.2.12 @ 22:57pm


I WAS AT THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AWARDS THIS YEAR I WAS DISSAPOINTED TO SEE GENE VINCENT AND THE BLUECAPS NOT GET IN ,BUT THEY WERE MENTIONED.THIS MEANS THEY ARE RUNNING OUT OF NAMES THAT WERE THE ROCK AND ROLL SOUND. THEREFORE, TO ADD TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY, LINK WRAY NOT TO FAR OFF. I MEAN HE'S IN THE 1977 "ILLUSTRATED ROCK ALMANAC" PAGE 63 BY MARCHBANK PEARCE IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS. CHECK IT OUT ROCK AN ROLL HALL OF FAME..... YOU GUYS GOT TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK ?

Posted by chris scovitch on Monday, 02.18.13 @ 11:44am


The rock "establishment" ignored Link his whole life, and the fact that R&R HOF continues that riff makes me think they don't deserve him. I started listening to Link in '58 when I was 13, and it was a revelation that has inspired me to this day. His music is so primal, so evocative, and on top of that, you got Link's attitude, which all the musical clones in the last 50 years will never match.e

Posted by doug norton on Monday, 03.4.13 @ 00:36am


Astounded to find out he's not in yet, insanely influential--sometimes it seems like every rock and roller of the 60s cites him as an inspiration if not a hero.

It's practically shameful.

Posted by JackH on Monday, 04.8.13 @ 23:49pm


Father of the Power Chord. Creator of distortion. Punk, heavy metal, grunge, surf, garage rock....it all started here.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.1.13 @ 21:17pm


LInk Wray will be this year's dark horse inductee, following in the footsteps of Randy Newman, Albert King, Laura Nyro, Tom Waits, Jimmy Cliff, Leonard Cohen...

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 14:19pm


Link Wray will be this year's dark horse inductee, following in the footsteps of Randy Newman, Albert King, Laura Nyro, Tom Waits, Jimmy Cliff, Leonard Cohen...

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 14:19pm

I 100% agree, Roy, except I really don't even consider him a dark horse. The level of respect that voters rightfully have for him is very high and even if he's not voted in (though I expect he will be) I'm almost positive that he'll get the Wanda Jackson/Freddie King treatment.

After Nirvana, a Link Wray induction is the one that I'd most bet on this year.

Posted by DarinRG on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 15:18pm


DarinRG,

I completely agree. I don't think Wray is like Nyro, Cliff, or Cohen. And he does deserve an induction, he deserve it years ago. I hope they don't Wanda Jackson him. It would be inexcusable. He has no side genre to fall back into, and as a guitar legend deserves true performer status induction.

Although like Nyro I think someone might "adjust: the numbers and slip him in (that is speculation on my part). If they give him a seventh place on the ballot I wouldn't be upset about it. Even if it isn't won in the conventional way. Hell they could give him the 5th spot and I wouldn't think he stole it. Unless that person is Nirvana, or N.W.A..

Posted by Chris F. on Wednesday, 10.23.13 @ 15:25pm


This better be the year that Link Wray gets inducted. Although I'm not a guitar disciple, the Hall does love guitar heroes, and Wray is as accomplished and unique a guitarist as they come. Sure, he may not have achieved the commercial success that most of his contemporaries did, but his influence, innovation, and legacy will last through the ages. He's the single most important name on the 2014 ballot, and his induction is long overdue.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 10.30.13 @ 17:18pm


We all hope the father or the power cord and even surf music gets in! Long over due!

Posted by Xray on Sunday, 11.3.13 @ 11:36am


Yeah, I imagine the dude who invented the power cord will get in, hard to plug in an amp without one.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.3.13 @ 13:09pm


Yeah, I imagine the dude who invented the power cord will get in, hard to plug in an amp without one.

Posted by GFW on Sunday, 11.3.13 @ 13:09pm
--------------------------------------------------The winner of the official quotable post of the day, bar none!!!

Apparently, GFW stands for Great Funny Wit (at least today)...

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 11.3.13 @ 19:04pm


Link Wray deserves RRHOF induction.Rumble influenced some (if) of the greatest guitarists of this generation.Beck,Townshend,Page etc. They have much influence & respect in the music industry. Link The Rumble Man definitely will be inducted.2014 was an incredible year of nominees & he was edged out by greats like KISS & HALL & OATES. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 20:11pm


Link Wray deserves RRHOF induction.Rumble influenced some (if) of the greatest guitarists of this generation.Beck,Townshend,Page etc. They have much influence & respect in the music industry. Link The Rumble Man definitely will be inducted.2014 was an incredible year of nominees & he was edged out by greats like KISS & HALL & OATES. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 20:19pm


Link Wray deserves RRHOF induction.Rumble influenced some (if) of the greatest guitarists of this generation.Beck,Townshend,Page etc. They have much influence & respect in the music industry. Link The Rumble Man definitely will be inducted.2014 was an incredible year of nominees & he was edged out by greats like KISS & HALL & OATES. KING

Posted by KING on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 20:19pm


Link should have been a no brainer for the initial class. He literally invented kick ass rock and also invented punk and garage with "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby". Just the power chord alone was pretty good credentials and you can throw in all the legendary instros, I don't know who can top Link. To put Link in the so called rock hall of fame after so many mediocre artists and artists who don't even play rock, would be an insult. I for one would like to see a "REAL Rock Hall Of Fame" where Link would rightfully be in the initial class. To the existing hall of fame I say - "Please don't insult Link, by putting him into your worthless hall of fame".

Posted by duffdad on Sunday, 05.11.14 @ 21:37pm


The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame without Link Wray, is like the Whitehouse without a President. Link Wray is one of the founders, and creators of Rock and Roll.
Let's do what is right, and induct Link Wray. Rumble on!!!

Posted by Frank Bonilla on Thursday, 09.18.14 @ 01:00am


My brother is named Linc Wray. My dad was such a fan that he named his only son after him. My brother was able to meet Link Wray abd was called onstage during one of his concerts. So Link Wray met Linc Wray. A memory neither is likely to forget. Also, my dad has a picture of them together in his "man cave".

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Posted by Mrxyz on Sunday, 12.21.14 @ 07:52am


I'm starting to worry Link Wray will never be elected. The 2015,2016,2017,2018 years will be stacked ballots with Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Beck, and other legendary artists up for nomination. Plus some deserving bands like Chicago, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Duran Duran, Iron Maiden, Moody Blues,The Cure are still awaiting induction. I think the RRHOF might find a way to shoehorn Link Wray in as an Early Influence or other creative ways. Those guitar greats Beck,Page, Townshend etc have cited Link Wray as an influence. Wonder how Link Wray gets in to RRHOF. Curious to see. KING

Posted by KING on Monday, 08.24.15 @ 04:10am


In response to KING: If the hall of shame wants to admit Link, they need to first apologize for their disrespect. after that they need to amend the rolls and include Link in the initial class - after all, we are talking about the man who invented kick ass rock, the man who invented punk, the man who invented garage, the man who created the most legendary rock instro tunes ever, the man who created the best blues instro ever (big city after dark). Link is not an influence on rock - Link is the embodiment of rock.

Posted by duffdad on Saturday, 12.19.15 @ 15:46pm


Gimme a break! Link Wray invented kick ass rock?

Posted by dickwaddy on Saturday, 12.19.15 @ 16:05pm


Link Wray, played & recorded Rock n Roll through 6 DECADES!! Invented the "power chord"! One of the first to use "controlled feedback" and distortion! Ranked No. 45 on the Rolling Stone 100 greatest guitar players (he should be in the top 20). Had a no.1 hit with "Rumble" which was banned for inciting violence! One of the first to play "country rock"! This should be a "no brainer" but for some reason he is being denied and I don't know why!

Posted by TomNJ on Wednesday, 04.27.16 @ 14:05pm


Link Wray did not invent no power chord. He didn't invent the distorted sound either. Both of those things were fathered by Pat Hare in "Cotton Crop Blues" and "I'm gonna murder my baby". He was doin heavy medal decades before it existed.

Posted by Jake on Wednesday, 01.4.17 @ 08:16am


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Which letter is Springsteen's band named after?
 

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