LINK WRAY

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

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THIS IS PUNK ROCK GROUND ZERO!

NEWLY DISCOVERED 1963 LIVE RECORDINGS OF LINK WRAY!

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ink Wray was a trail blazer. Link was the first to use intentional distortion in a rock recording. Link is also credited with inventing the “power chord.” His song RUMBLE - an instrumental - was banned for fear it would incite violence.

Rock and roll would never be the same after Link Wray.

From Bruce Springsteen to Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, dozens of rock and roll legends cite Link Wray as a career influence. Heavy metal, surf, grunge, garage…they can all trace their roots to Link Wray.

Link and the Ray Men spent the early ’60’s playing frat parties on the college circuit up and down the East Coast. We have uncovered two classic Link tracks -
RUN CHICKEN RUN and RAWHIDE - and present them to you at their lo-fi, revved-up photo-punk best in our release LIVE IN ’63 at Cornell University!

LISTEN TO THESE FOUND TREASURES NOW!

NEWLY DISCOVERED RECORDINGS FEATURING LINK!

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Now available - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break The Chains of Love” - THE LOST 45 from RAY VERNON, featuring DOUG and LINK WRAY!

RAY VERNON was the stage name of Vernon Wray, Link’s oldest brother.

Ray was signed to Cameo Records and had his first hit with "Evil Angel" in 1957. Cameo molded him as a teen idol and christened him
RAY VERNON.

Ray was an early member of Link Wray and the Ray Men. He soon moved "behind the scenes" in record production and management for several musicians - but he never stopped recording. He released several sides throughout his career, as well as the full length recordings
WASTED and SUPERSTAR AT MY HOUSE.

THE LOST 45 is the result of a recently discovered 1963 metal acetate disc containing two never-before-released classic country pop songs - “Worried Mind” and “You Can’t Break the Chains of Love.” Listen to these found treasures here!

We hope you enjoy these two songs and look for more recordings by this unsung legend of American Music.

HERE'S SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE EVERYDAY...

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Here are two US Link Wray acetates from his Epic Records era - recorded at 78 rpm!

THE LINK WRAY HOLY GRAIL

12342438_903990702983628_5514246784968968402_nA few months ago I received an eMail from a record collector advising that they had a RED vinyl Cadence 45 of Link's RUMBLE.

My first thought was that it must be a bootleg. Cadence never released RUMBLE on red vinyl. My second thought was that if it WAS a bootleg, certainly ONE more would have surfaced by now. I later discovered that Cadence pressed a few copies of an Everly Brothers 45 that were sent to radio stations. It's number was 1348, the next release after RUMBLE. So…if it was a legit pressing, still….more than ONE would have surfaced by now. Right?

As Paul Harvey would say, "And now, the rest of the story…"

This is a legitimate Cadence pressing and NOT a bootleg. The dead wax information revealed it was pressed by Monarch Plastics in February 1958, just over a month before being officially released.

The owner of this rare gem listed it on eBay with a $499 Buy It Now price. It sold in 20 minutes.

I am convinced that this was sent to radio stations and never sent to the general public. The red wax would have certainly stood out in a pile of black "new release" 45's on a radio station table.

This begs the question - why has only ONE surfaced in the last 57 years. There's little to no chance that Cadence pressed ONLY one. If you find the next one, please let us know!

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…




NEWLY DISCOVERED PICS!

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I am continually amazed at the number of Link Wray photos that surface after all these years. Here's a shot of Link with Chris Spedding who took over when Link left Robert Gordon's band. You can see this image much larger over at the 1970's photo page.

For a look at a 2000 Link gig at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto Canada, click here.

MYSTERY RECORD


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Just when you think you've seen it all, along comes something that takes you by surprise.

Have you ever seen a red vinyl copy of Link's RUMBLE 45? Neither have I.

First thought was that this was a bootleg, but certainly we would have seen at least ONE other copy in the past 50 years. Further inspection reveals the labels match early pressings, and the matrix numbers are looking right as well.

Cadence released in very limited numbers a red vinyl promo of an Everly Brothers 45, the very next release after Link's Rumble.

We believe this to be a promotional pressing of Link's Rumble. If you have any information on this recording, please drop us an eMail.

LINK WRAY MYSTERY GIG

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We recently came across a photo of this promo 45 of Link’s RAW-HIDE song. This 45 was released in 1959.

On the label, someone wrote ORPHEUM - APRIL 15 - 3 SHOWS.

In 1959 Link was on the GAC Spring Dance Party tour. This tour included the likes of Link and the Ray Men, Ray Vernon, Bill Parsons, the Kalin Twins, Jessie Lee Turner and the All American Boys.

We can find no record of a 1959 gig at an Orpheum venue, but it’s certainly possible this gig may have been played after 1959. Can anyone help fill in the blanks?

ERIC GEEVERS PHOTO COLLECTION

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Eric Geevers was a member of Link’s band for several years in the mid 1990’s. He also played on Link’s two final releases, SHADOWMAN and BARBED WIRE.

Eric toured the world with Link, and you can hear some of his great stories over at the Link Wray Fan Group on Facebook.

Be sure to check out The Eric Geevers Collection of rare Link photos over at the PICS/VIDEO section of the website. Thanks Eric for sharing these with Link fans everywhere.

$16,037.03 - SOLD!

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Link’s iconic Gibson guitar was auctioned today by the folks at Cooper Owen. This guitar traveled the world with Link and was used on such recordings as BULLSHOT, RUMBLE MAN and LIVE AT THE PARADISO.

This guitar was last auctioned around 2006. It was sold at that time, including buyer’s premium, for $20,294. It’s interesting to note that it brought more money than a Keith Richards acoustic guitar that was offered at the same auction.

The Gibson hit the auction block at 12:40 pm EST. Pre-auction estimates for the guitar was 8,000 - 13,000 UK pounds.

Bidding lasted less than a mnute with the new owner walking away with Link’s Gibson for 8,000 pounds. With the buyer’s premium the total price paid was $16,037.03 at today’s exchange rates - four grand less than what the guitar sold for previously. This is a very good investment by the new owner. When the Rock Hall finally gets around to doing the right thing, Link’s guitar is sure to appreciate.

LIVE IN DENMARK 1987 - VIDEO!

Man, you gotta love YouTube! Check out Link at City TV in Taastrup Copenhagen Denmark 1987. The video is near the top of the page.

This video is 20 minutes long (!!) and includes the unreleased song JESUS OF NAZARETH. This is the second time this song has surfaced. Link was thought only to have played it at his Washington DC Wax Museum gig in 1985. Here it is for a second time.

RARE CHANCE TO BUY LINK'S GUITAR

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Link Wray’s Gibson guitar will be hitting the auction block soon. Link used this guitar on his LIVE AT THE PARADISO and RUMBLE MAN albums, as well as at gigs all over the world. See Link putting this guitar to work over at our VIDEO page.

This guitar was last auctioned off several years ago, along with Screamin’ Red. The guitar hits the auction block at 6:30pm - UK time - on March 21st. If you win it, let us know!

CLICK HERE for all the details.

INCREDIBLE FINDS!

We have added a few more rare goodies to this website.

Deke Dickerson has discovered some unreleased photos from the 1959 SPRING DANCE PARTY.

Take a look at Link Wray’s own cover art concept for the LINK WRAY “Shack” LP.


If you have anything you’d like to share on the website, please get in touch.