LINK WRAY

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

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GOLD VINYL RUMBLE ON RECORD STORE DAY NOVEMBER 27, 2015!

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The fine folks at Sundazed Records have done it again. On "Black Friday" - November 27, 2015, your local record store will have this limited edition, gold vinyl picture sleeve 45 of Link Wray's RUMBLE - the record that started it all.

From the liner notes -

"Released in April 1958, Rumble b/w The Swag was Link Wray's opening salvo. Overnight, Rumble completely changed the nascent rock 'n roll landscape. Full of crunch, swagger, menace and tribal tattoo rhythms, it was the sound of a switchblade slicing through the heart of tepid pop music.

Everywhere, budding musicians like Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and thousands more replicated its distorted power chords in garages, basements and bedrooms. Playing Rumble was an essential rite of passage for any guitarist who wanted to harness the new music's mysterious dynamism. Without it, rock 'n roll as we know it would not exist."

For more on Record Store Day releases from Sundazed…
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VERY RARE LINK WRAY VIDEO

Here's a rare one you've never seen. Link Wray AND Tex Rubinowitz!

Over a HALF HOUR of two DC music legends sharing the stage at the old Wax Museum night club.

This is one of Link's last DC appearances. His band includes Ed Cynar and John Van Horne (Ray Men from the 60's and 70's) as well as John Van Horne Jr.

If you dig this video, please consider supporting this website and buy a RUMBLE shirt! Makes a great Christmas gift…




TOMMY'S DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT

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Link's son-in-law Tommy Webb has been diagnosed with Pulmonary Rheumatoid Arthritis a very rare lung disease.

Rheumatoid Arthritis usually attacks your joints and it's very rare that it attacks the lungs. Unfortunately this disease has attacked both of Tommy's lungs and it is progressing very rapidly.

Tommy is now a pre-op patient for a double lung transplant at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Link's daughter Beth is having a fundraising campaign to help assist Tommy's transplant costs and related medical expenses.

PLEASE CLICK HERE for more details. Thank you for your time and consideration.

LINK AND THE ROCK HALL

Just woke up to the news that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame passed over Link Wray. Again. My first thought was "that sucks."

But you know, after a dozen years of letters and petitions and trying to reach out, I'm finally figuring out that it really doesn't matter.

Link doesn't need the recognition of ONE house that recognizes a wide variety of musicians under the banner of "rock and roll."

Link Wray is recognized in EVERY house, garage or basement the first time a young guitar slinger straps on his axe, turns up their amp, rips a power chord and their parents yell "TURN IT DOWN! IT'S TOO LOUD!"

That my friends, is the REAL Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!