FATHER OF THE POWER CHORD. CREATOR OF DISTORTION.
LINK WRAY was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock & roll recording.
LINK WRAY is credited with inventing the POWER CHORD, the “modus operandi” in rock & roll.
LINK WRAY was the first Native American rock star with RUMBLE selling over a million copies in 1958.
LINK WRAY is the only person to have an instrumental banned from radio airplay. It was feared that his song RUMBLE would incite teenage gang violence.
LINK WRAY is in the top 50 of the 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS selected by Rolling Stone magazine.
LINK WRAY has influenced Rock Hall inductees Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Steven Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello, Robbie Robertson, Slash and Pete Townshend as well as Jim James, Dan Auerbach and countless thousands of other musicians the world over.
LINK WRAY is featured in RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD. This Sundance and HotDocs award winning film is currently playing at theaters across the globe.
LINK WRAY was 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.
LINK WRAY's music crossed over to the hip hop community when the band Death Grips heavily sampled RUMBLE in their song Spread Eagle Across the Block.
LINK WRAY has been inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame, the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the Washington (DC) Area Music Association Hall of Fame, the Southern Legends Hall of Fame and many others.
LINK WRAY produced the sole LP from the band “Eggs Over Easy,” who are credited with starting the pub rock movement, and laying the foundation for UK punk.
LINK WRAY’s music has been featured in such television and film as Pulp Fiction, Independence Day, Desperado, The Sopranos, Blow and others.
LINK WRAY is honored in his hometown with an exhibit at the Dunn (NC) Area Historical Museum, as well as a marker near the location of his childhood home.
LINK WRAY DAY has been declared by Governor’s Proclamation in the states of Maryland and North Carolina.
LINK WRAY’s instrumental RUMBLE is in the National Recording Registry housed in the U.S. Library of Congress. RUMBLE was recognized as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically important and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” RUMBLE is one of just over 50 rock songs that have received this honor.
LINK WRAY was a nominee for the Class of 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
LINK WRAY has been the subject of featured releases during Record Store Day in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
LINK WRAY will get the full biography treatment when THE FIRST MAN IN BLACK - The Untold Story of Link Wray hits the shelves in early 2018.
THERE ARE THOSE THAT BLAZE THE TRAIL AND THERE ARE THOSE THAT REAP THE REWARDS.
LINK WRAY WAS A TRAILBLAZER.
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RUMBLE - THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD