LINK WRAY

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's most glaring omission

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ROCK HALL PRESIDENT ON THE RADIO

If you have a few minutes, give a listen to an interview from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President and CEO Greg Harris. He appeared on the Dan Patrick Show in December, shortly after the announcement of the 2015 inductees. Dan Patrick asked him who the biggest snub at the Rock Hall was. He sidestepped that question.
President Harris stated artists are judged for induction based on the impact of their work, influence on the genre, innovation, did they take the music in a new direction, and did the artist push the envelope. Let’s take them one by one…

IMPACT? Link Wray’s power chords and distorted sound changed the face of rock guitar forever.

INFLUENCE? Punk, heavy metal, garage, grunge…it all started with Link.

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NNOVATION? First to use intentional distortion. Invented the power chord.

TAKE THE MUSIC IN A NEW DIRECTION? See above.

PUSH THE ENVELOPE? Rumble was banned for fear it would incite teen gang violence. The song, AN INSTRUMENTAL, was banned for the “evil influence” that the music - AND ONLY THE MUSIC - had on the youth of America.

So…why exactly has the Rock Hall snubbed Link for over 30 years? Your guess is as good as mine.