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Link Wray R.I.P.

Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:24 pm


"guitarist Link Wray, considered as one of the pioneers of the
American rock scene, cult figure and a man who many said was way
ahead of his time, passed away at the age of 76 in Copenhagen, where
he lived for two decades", reported today by the Danish newspaper

Fot those who never heard anything else beside Elvis not of interest. Those who like Rock 'n' Roll will have to pay their private tribute I guess. I know I will. Let's get ready to 'Rumble'.

Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:00 pm

Pete townsend of the who...said if it was not for RUMBLE he would never have got a guitar.

Wray was years a head of his time.

R.I.P big man.

Tue Nov 22, 2005 1:38 am

Link Wray was one of the most influential guitarists of all time. And he was a HUGE Elvis fan. Over the years he recorded lots of Elvis numbers and always included many of them in his stage act.

Check out his version of 'Don't' on his 'Bullshot' LP - it's AWESOME!

Tue Nov 22, 2005 2:51 am

Aw man, I wish you were kidding. Link Wray was awesome. I loved his guitar style. "Jack the Ripper" was never off my car player in the past or month or so. A huge influence on the surf sound.

Link Wray

Tue Nov 22, 2005 5:55 pm

....At least 5 of us here on this mb will remember this brilliant and colorful Rock Legend for the rest of our lives... Rumble on, Link...

Re: Link Wray

Tue Nov 22, 2005 6:17 pm

Tallhair AKA Ger Rijff wrote:....At least 5 of us here...

Only 5! This doesn't do justice to his legacy at all but that's how it is unfortunately.

It always amazes me how most Americans forget their own music heroes. The US gave us the best musicians but it takes Europeans to fully appreciate them. It's a strange world we live in.

Wed Nov 23, 2005 2:45 am

I've just been listening to Link's 'Black Widow'... Lord have mercy! How good is that?!?

Rest easy, Link. And give El my best.

Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:15 pm

I was sad to hear this news too, but glad he kept it going to the ripe
age of 76.
I have that great Rhino comp and really think most fans hear should
appreciate his sound.
A lot have heard his music and don't even know it!

Guitarist Link Wray Dies At 76

November 21, 2005, 10:00 AM ET, BILLBOARD

Guitarist Link Wray, who was said to have invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists, has died in Copenhagen. He was 76. A native of Dunn, N.C., Wray's style is considered the blueprint for heavy metal and punk music.

The artist died on Nov. 5 and was buried Nov. 18 at Copenhagen's Christian Church, according to his official Web site, which did not reveal the cause of death.

Wray is best known for his 1958 instrumental "Rumble," 1959's "Rawhide" and 1963's "Jack the Ripper." His music has appeared in movies such as "Pulp Fiction," "Independence Day" and "Desperado."

His style is said to have inspired many other rock musicians, including Pete Townsend of the Who. David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Steve Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen have also been quoted as saying that Wray and "Rumble" inspired them to become musicians.

According to Wray's site, he invented the fuzz tone by deliberately punching holes in his amplifier speakers. In 2002, Guitar World magazine elected him one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.

Wray, known for his trademark black leather jacket, gave his last performance in July in Glendale, Calif. He is survived by his wife and son.



Wed Nov 23, 2005 10:56 pm

R I P Link Wray

Fri Nov 25, 2005 2:50 am

Just found out that Link's second oldest son was called Link Elvis Wray. Way to go, Linkster!