27 Aug 2014 17:00 Filed in: Link Wray
“I’m very spiritual. I don’t do drugs, so I didn’t want to play to the LSD crowd. So I retreated down to a little place in Maryland called the Two Thieves club, playing to the rednecks where they were getting drunk off beer and whiskey.
I was doing CCR and the Elvis while the rest of the world was playing acid music.” - Link, “Fresh Air” Interview
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 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.
Man, YouTube is the greatest. You never know what you’ll find. Check out the latest rare Link video to surface - Link and his AceMen - Eric Geevers and Rob Lowers, on TV in Scotland, March 26, 1996.