LINK WRAY

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

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Douglas Leon Wray was the youngest of the Wray Brothers, born on July 4, 1933 in Dunn North Carolina.  As with the rest of the family, Doug moved to Portsmouth in 1943 and was soon drumming in the Wray Brothers band, backing many of the top cowboy acts of the day, playing live radio shows and area honky tonks and nightclubs.

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In 1955 the Wray family moved to Washington DC and became an instrumental part of the music scene.  In a very short time, they were regulars at many local DC area nightclubs.

When Link fell ill and Vernon began his recording work, Doug became the drummer for Jimmy Dean. 

Once Link was out of the hospital, Doug and Shorty joined him as the RAY MEN and performed as such for many years.  Doug recorded on his own as well.  One such release was the rockabilly shaker "Goosebumps" on Epic.

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Although Doug retired from the RAY MEN and went on to start his very successful barber shop (in Accokeek and later in Waldorf Maryland) he was never far from the music scene.

Doug appeared on Link's BULLSHOT LP, and sat in with Link a time or two in the late 1970s during Link's appearances in the area. One such event is an uncredited duet with Link, THERE’LL BE NO OTHER, on the ROBERT GORDON release LIVE FAST LOVE HARD.

Doug was also a regular act at Waldorf Maryland’s Howard’s Restaurant.
A recording of one of Doug’s gigs at Howard’s with Link and possibly older brother Vernon exists.

Doug continued his interest in music throughout his life.  He was working with RAY MAN John Van Horn on a record right up until his death in 1984.
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