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

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LINK WRAY DAY FESTIVAL 2014

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Mark your calendar for May 3, 2014. That’s the date of this year’s LINK WRAY DAY in his hometown of Dunn North Carolina. Link’s grandson, Chris Webb and his BAND OF TRIBES will be there, along with others.

This year’s fest has expanded and moved to the American Legion Fairgrounds on Jonesboro Road in Link’s hometown of Dunn, NC. Sponsorships are available!

For further details, contact 910-892-3282 or eMail info@dunntourism.org.

THE ROCK HALL'S MISSING LINK - AGAIN...

LinkWray.com extends our congratulations to those individuals and groups that were chosen for induction by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the Class of 2014 - Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. The E Street Band will be given the “Award for Musical Excellence” and Beatles manager Brian Epstein and original Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.

Who’s missing? Two words. Link Wray. No Link Wray in the performer category and no Link Wray in the Early Influence category. For 2014, there will be no Early Influence category inductee at all.

I spoke with Link’s eldest daughter Beth Wray Webb and on behalf of Link’s family, she wanted to extend her thanks to all of Link’s fans for the votes and overwhelming support for his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination and hopes for his induction. Link’s son Shayne comments, “I am proud to say his influence will continue to get a young inspired guitar player to pick up a guitar and play.”

Thank you very much to the Rock Hall Nominating Committee for doing the right thing and nominating Link Wray for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Those folks know their rock history and Link’s place in it.

It’s an honor that Link Wray was nominated, but it’s very disappointing when you realize that 2014 marks the 30th year without Link Wray in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That’s about 30 years too long.

ROCK HALL INDUCTEES COMING DECEMBER 17!

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When I received a tweet from Future Rock Legends (follow them!) a couple hours before the 2014 nominees were scheduled to be announced, I was caught completely off guard. After over a decade of petition drives, websites and concerts organized by many - all with the goal of getting Link in the Rock Hall - had failed to accomplish their goal, it looked like the one person that deserved to be nominated - deserves to be inducted - might never get recognized.

I called members of Link's family that night with the nomination news and they were thrilled beyond words. They extend their thanks to the Nominating Committee and everyone else that has supported getting Link recognition.

It’s now December 10th. Here’s where we are in the induction process -

  • The fan ballot has closed. Thank you to the 18,337 who voted for Link Wray.
  • These votes place Link second from last on the fan ballot, and 58 votes behind Chic.
  • The top five vote getters on the ballot will receive one vote each - KISS, Nirvana, Deep Purple, Yes and Hall and Oates. Congratulations!
  • The ballots of the Voting Committee - 600 people - are due today.
  • The inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2014 will be announced on December 17.

Should fans of Link Wray be worried about the fact that Link scored low on fan ballot? Of course not.

Link Wray’s true hope on getting inducted lies in the remaining votes that were cast. Many of those votes came from music critics and historians who know the history of rock music, and how Link Wray’s contribution changed the face of rock and roll.

Every living Rock Hall inductee casts a vote as well. If those Rock Hall inductees ever used a Power Chord or distortion in their music...the music that got them to the Rock Hall...they owe a debt of gratitude to Link Wray. In just under a week, we will see if these folks said “thanks” by casting a vote for Link Wray.

TONS OF UPDATES

Gigs, pictures and more. Too much to list! Just go thru the whole website, OK? Think Link!