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

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  • Mystery Gigs
    Only partial information is available on the gigs below. If you can fill in any blanks, please send us an eMail.

    JULY 21, YEAR UNKNOWN
    - A poster exists showing Link playing Red Rocks Ampitheater. Believe to be in the 1997 - 2003 time frame. Possibly a cancelled gig?
  • 1956
    June 23 - Lucky Ray and the Palomino Ranch Hands - "famous recording artists" - featuring Tiny Jenkins the 447 pound hillbilly
    Lewiston Citizen's Association Carnival (source - Frederick Post)
  • 1957
    July 12, 7:30 pm - Fredericksburg Arena - Fredericksburg Virginia

    The shot heard 'round the world. RUMBLE was first played.
  • 1958
    DATE UNKNOWN - Connecticut Belair Swim Club - Silver Spring MD - The Belvederes, Ray Vernon, Link Wray and the Ray Men.


    March 14 - Silver Spring MD Armory - Chuck Berry, Henry Wilson, Kalin Twins, Ray Vernon and the Ray Men (with Link?), Milt Grant MC

    April 10 - Washington DC - Rock and Roll at the Villa Theater - The Belvederes, Terry and the Pirates, Ray Vernon, Link Wray and Pretty Boy (aka Don Covay)

    April 20 - St. Camillius Catholic Church, Silver Spring Maryland - WDON Record Hop - The Belvederes, Terry and the Pirates, Gene Summers, Ray Vernon and Link Wray and the Ray Men.

    Ray Vernon and Link Wray both made guest appearances at the April 10 and 20 gigs.

    May 2 - Frederick Armory, Frederick MD - Milt Grant Record Hop - with Rusty & Doug and Ray Vernon

    May 10 - DICK CLARK'S BEECHNUT SHOW with Pat Suzuki, Dickey Doo and the Don’ts, Mickey and Sylvia, Jan and Arnie and BOB HOPE.

    SUMMER DANCE PARTY TOUR - with Frankie Avalon, Jan and Arnie, Dickie Doo and the Donts, Kalin Twins

    July 11 - Tom’s River Armory, Toms River PA
    July 12 - Saylors Lake, Stroudburg, PA

    July 13 - Sleepy Hollow Ranch, PA - between Pennsburg and Quakerstown
    July 14 - Recreation Center, Johnson City, NY
    July 16 - Crystal Beach, Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada
    July 17 - Masonic Temple, Scranton PA
    July 18 - Starlight Ballroom, Hershey Park, Pa
    July 20 - New Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport CT
    July 21 - Tri Town Drive In Theater, Fitchburg, MA
    July 23 - Fredericksburg Arena, Fredericksburg, VA - Milt Grant Record Hop - Link Wray and the Ray Men, Ray Vernon, Milt Grant MC
    July 24 - National Guard Armory, Salisbury, MD - with Ray Vernon
    July 26, 27, 28 - Chaudiere Rose Room, Ottawa CA

    August 8 - Hyattsville Maryland Armory - Bobby Darin, Donnie Boyd, Ray Vernon, Milt Grant MC

    August 15 - Union Hall, Front Royal VA - Milt Grant Record Hop with Link Wray and the Ray Men

    August 23 - Frederick MD - Milt Grant Record Hop with Ray Vernon and Link Wray and the Ray Men



    GAC PACKAGE TOUR with Frankie Avalon, the Kalin Twins, Jan and Arnie and Dickie Doo and the Don'ts

    July 18 - Starlight Ballroom - Hershey Park PA

    July 21 - Tri Town Drive In Theater - Lunenberg MA

    July 13 - Sleepy Hollow Ranch - Pennsylvania
  • 1959
    February 7 - Centre Theater - Corpus Christi TX (with Twilights, Bobby Doyle, Pastels, 4 Choices, Jives, Al Rogers and Carolyn Bailey)
    February 10 - Dick Clark’s Saturday Night Beech-Nut Hour TV appearance.

    SPRING DANCE PARTY TOUR - with Link Wray and the Ray Men, the Kalin Twins, Bell Notes, Bill Parsons, Jessie Lee Turner and the All American Boys Band

    March 21 - Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechnut Hour. Tommy Leonetti, Annette Funicello, Jackie Wilson and Frankie Ford.

    April 1 - Municipal Auditorium - Charleston WVA - benefit for the Kanawa County Crippled Children's Treatment Center
    April 7 - Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake IA
    April 8 thru 15 - Riverside Ballroom, Milwaukee WI
    April 28 - Gayla Ballroom - Independence IA
    April 30 - Armar Ballroom - Cedar Rapids IA

    May 1 - Roof Garden at Arnold's Park - Spirit Lake IA

    date unknown - Avalon Ballroom - La Crosse WI

    June 20 - Glen Echo Amusement Park, Glen Echo MD - with Terry and the Pirates, Ray Vernon, Rhythm Masters and Don Dillard MC

    July 17 - Glen Echo Amusement Park, Glen Echo MD - with Ray Vernon, Rhythm Masters and Don Dillard MC

    August 4 - Fireman's Carnival and Horse Show, Sharpsburg MD
    August 15 - Great Eastern Talent Show - Frederick Fairgrounds, Frederick MD - with Milt Grant, Ray Vernon and Mitch Miller
    August 19 - Westminster Armory - Westminster MD (with Doug Wray, the Arrows, Roy Franklin, Ray Vernon

    September 3 - South Hagerstown MD Fireman's Carnival, Superior Dairy Lot, Hagerstown MD
    September 5 - Manassas Park Elementary School, Manassas Park VA - Milt Grant Record Hop with Ray Vernon. Milt Grant MC

    November 3 - Franc Ross Jewelry Store, Arlington VA - AUTOGRAPH SESSION with Dale Hawkins, Ray Vernon and Milt Grant MC
    November 6 - The Rendevous Club - 409 10th Street, Washington DC - Link and the Raymen featuring Ray Vernon

    Summer - Fireman's Carnival - Maryland
  • 1961
    January - Washington DC - The Ozarks Niteclub - 929 10th Street, Washington DC - Link and the Raymen with Ray Vernon

    February 4 - Top Pop Hop at the Alleghany County MD High School - with the Triumphs and the Downbeats

    February 24 - Manassas VA Armory - with Ray Vernon and Milt Grant MC. For the High Octanes Car Club.

    July 12 - Silver Spring MD Boy's Club - with the Hot Tamales, The Chessmen, Bristow Hopper Music, the Rhythm Masters and Jack Alix MC

    July 14 - Silver Spring MD Boy's Club - with The Chessmen, Rhythm Masters and Jack Alix MC

    October 6 - Ice Skating Club, College Park, MD - with Ray Vernon, the Renaults, Prince Preston, the Hot Tamales, Little Jimmy Dee and Don Dillard MC
  • 1963
    July 10 - American Bandstand. Link performs JACK THE RIPPER.

    August - Hunter's Lodge, Fairfax VA - "Rock-A-Hoot" ~ Folk Music vs. Rock and Roll. The "folk" - The Big Three (Cass Elliott, Tim Rose and Jim Hendricks), The Voyaguers, Shadowtown Trio. The "rock" - Marv Johnson, Johnny Stewart, Andy and the Marglows, Joe Bragg and Link Wray.
  • 1965
    April 3 - Glen Echo Amusement Park, Glen Echo MD
  • 1970
    September 1-2 and 8-10 - Popcorn Pub with the Magic Tramps - Queens NYC
  • 1971
    September 16, 17, 18 - The New Monk (Keystone Berkley) California

    October 1, 2, 3 - Troubador - Van Nuys, CA - with Kris Kristofferson

    October 23 - Electric Impressions TV Show (with Elly Stone), a girls rowing team and “mimicry in the park.”

    December 5 - Concert for East Pakistan Refugees - Santa Rita Park, Tucson AZ (with Link Wray’s Family, Mordecai Jones and Jonathan Edwards)
  • 1974
    July 7 and 8 - Inn of the Beginning, Cotati, CA (with Melba Rounds)

    September 24 - Sound of the City - Fillmore West, San Francisco CA (with Earthquake and The Rubinoos)
    December 27, 28 - Hinterland, San Francisco CA (with Montrose and Little Feat)
  • 1975
    January 24 - 8:30 pm - KOHL Benefit Show - Mission High School, San Francisco CA - with Helix and Ron Thompson

    May 2 and 3 - The Winterland, San Francisco CA (with The Straws)
    May 12 - The Jellyroll Rock Benefit - Lion’s Share, San Aslemo CA (with Mike Bloomfield, Nick Gravenites, Mark Naftalin, Quantos)

    August 14 - River City, Fairfax CA

    September 19 - Marshall Tavern Rock Fest, San Aslemo, CA
    September 29 - The Sounds of the City and the Fillmore - San Francisco CA (with Rubinoos, Earthquake and the Jefferson Starship)

    November 24 - Inn of the Beginning, Cotati CA (wth the Sneakers)
    November 25 - Inn of the Beginning, Cotati CA (with the Nielson Pearson Band)

    December 21 - Bill Graham's Winterland Theater - (with Blue Oyster Clut and Kansas)
  • 1977
    Robert Gordon and Link Wray

    October 13 - New Haven CT
    October 14 and 15 - Boston MA
    October 18 - Washington DC
    October 19 - Baltimore MD
    October 20 - Wilmington DE
    October 23 - Cleveland OH
    October 24 - The Ivanhoe Theater, Chicago IL
    October 25 - Minneapolis MN
    October 27, 28, 29 - Los Angeles CA
    November 3 & 5 - San Francisco

    Dates Unknown
    Seattle
    Dallas
    Houston
    New Orleans
    Atlanta
    NYC
  • 1978
    Link Wray and Robert Gordon

    February 9 - Loeb Auditorium NYU, NY
    February 10 - El Casino, Montreal Canada
    February 14 - El Mocambo, Montreal Canada

    March 14 - Cellar Door, Washington DC
    March 20 - Agora Club, Cleveland Ohio
    Much 24 - Exit In, Nashville TN


    May 4 - with Blondie - The Palladium - NYC
    May 6 - with Blondie - Calderone Concert Hall - Long Island NY
    May 15 - Pink Pop Festival, Geleen

    June 1 - Ancienne Belgique
    June 4 - Stokvishal Arnheim
    June 5 and 6 -Paradiso, Amsterdam
    June 9 and 10 - Exit Club, Rotterdam
    June 14 - Music Machine, London. Photogs missed a photo-op here when Bob Dylan and Sid Vicious came backstage to pay respects to Link.

    December 2 - Professor Longhair - Loeb Student Center - NYU
  • 1979
    January 13 - Volunteer Jam (with Charlie Daniels, Carl Perkins and others)

    May 12 - with Bram Tchaikovski - SFP Empire - 41, Avenue de Wagram, 75017 Paris

    May 15 - Beursschouburg - Brussels, Belgium

    June 2 - The Venue, 160-162 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5LB with Blue Max

    August 11 - El Mocambo Club - Canada
    August 12 - Fast Lane, Asbury Park NJ

    August 24 and 25 - The Paradiso - Amsterdam
  • 1980
    May 24 - The Sandpipers - Nottingham UK

    May 25 - The Factory - Manchester UK

    May 26 - Barbarella's - Birmingham UK

    May 28 - Tiffany's - Endinburgh UK

    June 28 - with BLUE MAX - The Venue (2 shows) - London UK
  • 1982
    September 14 - Dingwalls - London UK
  • 1984
    December 27 - International Record Collector’s Fair, Electric Ballroom, Camden.
    - with the Screaming Blue Messiahs, Milkshakes and The Hatchetmen
  • 1985
    May 18 - with Rank and File - Fender's Ballroom - Long Beach CA (cancelled)

    Spring / Summer - US East Coast Tour.

    December 27 - London UK
  • 1989
    February 23 - Metropol, West Berlin, Germany
  • 1995
    October 21 - The Bottom Line, Shepard's Bush - London UK
  • 1996
    April 24 and 25 - Corner Hotel, Richmond, Australia (billed and Link Wray and the Ace Men)

    December 28 - Werkerlangen, Germany
  • 1997
    January 1 - Jazzhaus, Freiburg Germany
    January 16 - BBC Radio

    June 2 - with Blue Max - The Venue - London UK
    June 13 - Helsinki Finland
    June 14 - Down by the Laituri Festival - Turku
    June 15 - Seinajoki Provinssirock Festival - location unknown
    June 24 - Club Congress - Tucson AZ
    June 26 - Santa Fe Music Hall, Santa Fe NM
    June 28 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
    June 29 - Center for the Arts - Crested Butte CO

    July 2 - Crystal Ballroom - Portland OR
    July 3 - Backstage - Seattle WA
    July 4 - Virgin Megastore afternoon, Starfish Room evening - Vancouver BC
    July 7 - Bimbo's 365 - San Fran CA
    July 9 - The Usual - West Hollywood CA
    July 10 - House of Blues - Solana Beach CA

    October 19 - Iron Horse Hall - Northampton MA
    October 20 - Toast - Burlington VT
    October 22 - Middle East Club - Cambridge MA
    October 23 - Tramps - NYC
    October 24 - Stephen's Talkhouse - Amagansett, NY
    October 25 - Met Cafe - Providence RI
    October 26 - Trocadero - Philadelphia PA
    October 27 - The Birchmere - Alexandria VA - CANCELLED
    October 29 - Graffitti Showcase - Pittsburg PA
    October 30 - Peabody's - Cleveland OH
    October 31 - Gilly's - Dayton OH

    November 1 - Club Soda - Kalamazoo MI
    November 2 - The Majestic - Detroit M
    November 3 - House of Blues - Chicago IL (with Los Straitjackets)
    November 4 - Maintenance Shop - Ames IA
    November 5 - Gabe's Oasis - Iowa City IA
    November 6 - First Avenue - Minneapolis MN
    November 7 - O'Cayz Corral - Madison WI
    November 8 - The Lafayette - Bloomington IN
    November 9 - Majestic Theater - Detroit MI
    November 10 - Vogue - Indianapolis IN
    November 12 - Automatic Slims - Memphis TN
    November 13 - Exit Inn - Nashville TN (with Thee Phantom 5ives)
    November 14 and 15 - Star Bar - Atlanta GA
  • 1998
    February 18 - House of Blues - Orlando FL
    February 20 - Cat's Cradle - Raleigh NC
    February 21 - The Double Door - Charlotte NC
    February 22 - The Star Bar - Atlanta GA
    February 23 - Tipitina's - New Orleans LA
    February 25 - Caravan of Dreams - Dallas TX
    February 26 - Electric Lounge - Austin TX
    February 27 - The Fabulous Satellite Lounge - Houston TX

    March 3 - Club Congress - Tucson AZ
    March 4 - The Casbah - San Diego CA
    March 5 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano CA
    March 6 - House of Blues - Los Angeles CA
    March 7 - The Catalyst - Santa Cruz CA
    March 8 - Bimbo's 365 - San Francisco CA

    May 1 - Nashville River Stages - Nashville TN
    May 3 - House of Blues - Chicago IL
    May 4 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor MI
    May 5 - Horseshoe Tavern - Ann Arbor MI
    May 7 - Club Bene - Morgan NJ
    May 8 - Khyber Pass - Philadelphia PA
    May 9 - Tramps - NYC (with Southern Culture on the Skids, The Woggles)
    May 11 - Chamelon - Harrisonburg PA
    May 14 - Alley Katz - Richmond VA (another DC area cancellation…)
    May 16 - Local 506 - Chapel HIll NC
    May 17 - Double Door - Charlotte NC
    May 20 - Iron Horse Music Hall - North Hampton MA
    May 21 - Century Lounge - Providence RI
    May 22 - Middle East Club - Cambridge MA
    May 25 - First Avenue - Minneapolis MN (with Southern Culture on the Skids and Untamed Youth)
    May 26 - Grand Emporium - Kansas City MO
    May 27 - Duck Room - St. Louis MO
    May 29 - The Grog Shop - Cleveland OH
    May 30 - Little Brothers - Columbus OH
  • 1999
    May 26 - The Coach House - California

    May 27 - The Foothill - California

    September 2 - Grand Emporium - Kansas City MO

    September 5 - House fo Blues - Chicago IL
  • 2000
    April 18 - Free Wheels Festival - Cunlhart FRANCE

    July 19 - The Grind at Clark University - Worchester MA - CANCELLED?

    October 4 - The Wetlands - Poughkeepsie, NY

    ~ with the Phantom Surfers, Church Keys and Deke Dickerson ~

    November 9 - Sala Arena - Madrid Spain
    November 10 - La Bascula - Barcelona Spain
    November 11 - Sala Jam - Bergara, Spain

    CANCELLED DATES due to unknown “injury”

    November 22 - Continental Club - Austin TX
    November 23 - Continental Club - Houston TX
    December 6 - Graceland - Seattle WA
  • 2002
    July 3 - Promo West Pavillion - Columbus OH
    July 5 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto CAN
    July 6 - Cisco Systems Blues Festival - Ottowa CAN
    July 9 - Autograph Session at the House of Guitars, then the Montage Grille - Rochester NY
    July 10 - Middle East Club - Cambridge MA
    July 11 - Maxwells - Hoboken NJ
    July 12 - North by Northwest - Philadelphia PA
    July 13 - Village Underground - NYC
    July 15 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland OH
    July 16 - The Magic Bag - Ferndale MI (cancelled)
    July 19 - Variety Playhouse - Atlanta GA
    July 21 - Shim Sham Club - New Orleans LA
    July 22 - The Continental Club - Austin TX
    July 23 - The Continental Club - Houston TX
    July 26 - The Handle Bar - Spartanburg SC
    July 27 - Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa FL
  • 2003
    Openers The Jet City Fix, then two of the band back Link

    February 12 - The Magic Stick - Detroit MI
    February 14 - Vnuks Lounge - Cudahy WI
    February 15 - Ottos - DeKalb IL
    February 16 - Luthers Blues - Madison WI
    February 17 - Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis MN
    February 19 - Abbey Pub - Chicago IL
    February 21 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland OH
    February 22 - Moondog's - Pittsburg PA
    February 23 - Montage Grille - Rochester NY
    February 25 - Mohawk Place - Buffalo NY (with the Irving Klaws
    February 27 - Toad's Place - New Haven CT
    February 28 - Downtown Bar and Grille, Farmingdale, NY

    March 1 - North by Northwest - Philadelphia PA
    March 2 - Turning Point - Piedmont NY
    March 3 - Iron Horse Music Hall - Northampton MA
    March 5 - Stone Pony - Asbury Park NJ
    March 6 - Glenville Spot - Albany NY
    March 7 - Sit 'N Bull Pub - Maynard MA
    March 8 - Village Underground - NYC

  • 2004
    September 31 - Hemsby 33 - CANCELLED

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  • 2005
    April 16 - Rockin' 50's Fest - Green Bay WI
    April 18 - Knuckleheads Saloon - Kansas City MO (cancelled) (with the Rumble Jets)
    April 19 - The Way Out Club - St. Louis MO (with the Cripplers)
    April 21 - The Continental Club - Houston TX (with Grady)
    April 22 and 23 - The Continental Club - Austin TX (with Grady)
    April 28 - The Beta Bar - Tallahassee FL
    April 29 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville FL
    April 30 - Bamboo Room - Lake Worth FL

    May 1 - Skipper's Smokehouse - Tampa FL (cancelled)
    May 3 - The Earl - Atlanta GA
    May 6 - Asbury Lanes - Asbury Park NJ (with Brimstones, Allen Oldies and Sonny Kenn)
    May 7 - Bank Street Cafe - New London CT
    May 9 - Milestones - Rochester NY
    May 10 - BB King's Blues Club - NYC
    May 12 - Canal Street Tavern - Dayton OH
    May 13 - Magic Bag - Ferndale MI
    May 14 - Fitzgeralds - Berwyn IL
    May 15, 16 and 17 - Oneida Bingo and Casino Hall - Green Bay WI
    May 18 - Norshor Theater - Duluth MN (with the Black Labels and Hoot Owls)
    May 20 - Vnuk's Loungs - Cudahy WI
    May 21 - Underground Tavern (changed from Viele's Planet) - Springfield IL
    May 22 - Zoo Bar - Lincoln NE
    May 23 - Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
    May 26 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix AZ
    May 27 - 19 Broadway - Fairfax CA
    May 28 - Casbah - San Diego CA
    May 29 - Henry Fonda Theater - Hollywood CA

    July 2- -Hootenanny 2005 - Oak Canyon Ranch CA
    July 3 - Take One - Las Vegas NV
    July 6 - Slim's - San Francisco CA
    July 8 - The Clipper - Olympia WA (cancelled) (with the Dirty Birds and Girl Trouble)
    July 9 - Tractor Tavern - Seattle WA
    July 10 - The Yale Hotel - Vancouver CAN - (cancelled)
    July 13 - Moe's Alley - Santa Cruz CA
    July 15 - Fishlips - Bakersfield CA
    July 16 - 12th Annual Cruise Night - Glendale CA

    September 23 - Le Grillen, France

    this show was cancelled, making Link's gig in Glendale his final performance.
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