LINK WRAY

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

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SHERIFF TEX DAVIS RADIO

Lucky Wray and the Palomino Ranch Hands were regulars on the Sheriff Tex Davis Radio Show, broadcast in the Portsmouth area during the late 1940's.  No known tapes exist of these broadcasts.

WASHINGTON DC RADIO

It is also likely that Link and the Ray Men appeared on local DC stations such as WEAM and WPGC during record hops in Glen Echo Park in Maryland and other such locations.  No known tapes exist of these broadcasts.

One audio recording of Robert Gordon and Link Wray from Washington DC does exist. It has appeared in edited form on the Robert Gordon double CD LIVE FAST LOVE HARD.

NPR 'FRESH AIR'

Link appeared on the FRESH AIR radio show on National Public Radio at the end of the SHADOWMAN tour of the US.  The interview is approximately a half hour in length.  Link told some interesting stories in the interview, such as FDR sending his mom a certificate for a back brace.  He also says the reason he left the national music scene in the 60's was because he didn't want to play to the "LSD crowd", so he returned to Maryland "playing CCR and Elvis for the rednecks getting drunk off beer and whiskey." 

Great interview, but sounds heavily edited. It's making it's rounds in trading circles.

THE MILT GRANT SHOW

Link appeared on this DC version of American Bandstand numerous times, both as a headliner with the Ray Men, as well as with the Ray Men as a backing band to some of the biggest stars of the day.  Several years ago, WTTG, the local Washington DC station that hosted Milt Grant, ran a retrospective with short video clips.  There is also a video of an episode that is available on the Internet, but this episode does not feature Link or Vernon Wray.

Upon the passing of Milt Grant, i did make contact with his secretary who advised Mr. Grant did have a cache of memorabilia from his television career, undoubtedly including several items from the Milt Grant Show. Sadly, all of his memorabilia was lost during a flood several years ago in Florida.

THE JACK SPECTOR SHOW

Link appeared on the Jack Spector Show, a northeast (Massachusetts?) version of Bandstand.  This tape is available from The Video Beat and features Link at the end of the show coming out and doing a version of Trail of the Lonesome Pine, and an all-too-short interview after the show.  A must for collectors.

DICK CLARK

One appearance of Link and the Ray Men has surfaced, from Dick Clark's Saturday Night Beechnut Show from 1959. The band does a smokin' version of RAW-HIDE. It is the only sound footage available featuring all of the original Ray Men - Link, Doug, Vernon and Shorty.

The Ray Men also appeared on American Bandstand promoting RUMBLE and JACK THE RIPPER. No known footage exists of these appearances.

JERRY BLAVAT - JOEY REYNOLDS - BUDDY DEANE


Link made appearances on these TV shows, local versions of "American Bandstand", in the 1960's.  Buddy Deane aired out of Baltimore, and Jerry Blavat and Joey Reynolds were in the Philly/NY/NJ area.  No known video is available.

SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE

During an interview in Atlanta in 1997, Link mentions that he appeared on Saturday Night Live with Robert Gordon during the promotion of FRESH FISH SPECIAL.  No known video is available.

NIGHT FLIGHT

This show was broadcast on the USA cable network in the late 70s through early 80s.  Link made an appearance on this show with Robert Gordon.  No known video is available.

MUSIK LADEN

This is a European TV show entitled Musik Laden.  A bootleg VHS recording is available, sold from Japan with a cover listing the date as 1982, however this is incorrect.

 Link appeared backing Robert Gordon during a half hour broadcast concert in a TV studio made up to look like a night club.

Midway into the show, Robert steps off the stage and lets Link do two songs.  Link does a great slow-tempo version of "Rumble" and a smoking version of "Baby Watcha Want Me To Do" and the vocals are fantastic.

Available on YouTube.

PINKPOP FESTIVAL

Link appeared at PinkPop several times over the years. With Robert Gordon, solo, and a special guest of Jason and the Scorchers.

DON KIRSHNER'S ROCK CONCERT

An eMail was remembering Robert Gordon and Link Wray were on this show.

ROCKPALAST

Link and Robert Gordon appeared on this overseas show in the late 70s.  Clips have surfaced on You Tube.

LIVE AT THE PARADISO

There was a Danish television broadcast of Link Wray LIVE AT THE PARADISO, the same show that the LP release came out of.

GUITAR GREATS

Taped at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic, New Jersey in 1985, this show features about a dozen "guitar greats" including Link, Brian Setzer, Dickie Betts, Neal Schon, Lita Ford and others.  This was a one hour show, broadcast on MTV.  The most readily available copy has Link doing RUMBLE.  Link comes out at the end of the show for a finale, along with all the other performers, playing GREEN ONIONS and JOHNNY B. GOODE.

Clips have surfaced on YouTube.

BRITISH MTV

During the 1996 shows in the UK, Link and the Ace Men appeared on British MTV. No known video exists.

AUSTRALIA 1990's

During the 1996 shows in the Australia, Link and the Ace Men appeared on Australian TV. No known video exists.

CONAN O'BRIEN SHOW - 1997

During Link's SHADOWMAN tour of the United States, he made his return to national television on the Conan O'Brien Show. Link's appearance consisted of Conan introducing Link from his desk, and Link doing a smokin' version of RUMBLE.