LINK WRAY

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

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    THE 1023 CLUB

     

    Don't forget to read about the Riot at the 1023 Club before you leave this site!
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    Dixie Pig

     

     
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    BJ's Carryout

     

    Ray Man Ed Cynar reports the band spent many an evening and morning here during the all night sessions at Vernon's in Accokeek.
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    BJ'S Carryout

     

    BJ's is still open. Just outside Washington DC off 210 in Accokeek.
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    BJ's Carryout Interior

     

     
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    The Crossroads, Hyattsville MD

     

    A gig spot for the Ray Men
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    Doug Wray's Barbershop #1

     

    Doug's first barber shop. This location is featured in the rarely seen Polydor promotional video of LINK WRAY.
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    Doug's Barbershop #2

     

    Doug moved to this location, located between the Wray Farm and his first shop on Livington Road in Accokeek.
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    Doug's Barbershop #2

     

    The original shop was accessed by a door at the side of this buidling.
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    Doug's Barbershop #2 sign

     

    Still operating as a barbershop as of 2003. Note the many name changes, one being SHACK'S BARBERSHOP.
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    Doug's Barbershop #2

     

     
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    Doug's Barbershop #3

     

    The final location of Doug Wray's Barbershop. He was at this location until his death. This shop is still active, and the new owners have a WRAY WALL, with memorabilia and information on the history of the place.
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    Doug's Barbershop #3

     

     
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    Doug Wray home

    Waldorf Maryland

    This was Doug's home from the late 70's until he passed. Link stayed here when visiting the area.
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    Dunn North Carolina

     

     
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    Stewart Theater

    Dunn North Carolina

    The Historic Stewart Theater, downtown Dunn. Home of the Link Wray Music Festival. I took this photo in 2002. Note the pre-American Idol "Clayton Aiken" on the marquee.
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    Wray Farm

     

    Not a "farm" in the truest sense - Vernon purchased this home in the early 60's and moved his recording studio from Washington DC into the basement.
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    Wray Farm

     

    When the music got too loud for his wife, Vernon moved the studio across the street to the Wray Market and Pool Hall.
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    Wray's Shack 3 Tracks

     

    The final spot for Vernon's studio was the legendary Wray's Shack 3 Tracks, located in a small bulding on the family property in Accokeek.
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    Wray's Shack 3 Tracks

     

    The main Shack still stands, but the back room where the recording took place was demolished before Vernon moved to Arizona. He took a wall of The Shack with him out west. He reconstruction the building and christened it Wray's Shack 3 Tracks (+5) after upgrading to an 8 track studio. The Shack in Arizona still stands - it's now used as a storage building.
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    Wray's Shack 3 Tracks

     

     
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    Vernon Wray Home

    Livingston Rd. Accokeek

    The home has undergone renovations since these pictures, with a full upstairs added. I spoke with the owner who purchased this place from Vernon and he recalled removing a ton of soundproofing from the basement.
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    Wray's Shack 3 Tracks

     

     
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    Wray's Shack 3 Tracks

     

     
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    Fredericksburg Arena

    The Birth of the Power Chord

    Ad for the night that Link played RUMBLE for the first time.
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    Fredericksburg Arena Poster

     

    The location of the Milt Grant Record Hop where LInk first played RUMBLE. No longer standing.
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    FburgPoster

     

     
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    Frontier Club

    Waldorf Maryland

    Southern Maryland rockabilly cat Vince Maloy recalls playing gigs here with Link and the Ray Men.
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    Glen Echo Amusement Park

     

    Home to many Milt Grant Record Hops / Link Wray gigs.
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    Glen Echo Ballroom

     

     
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    Glen Echo Ballroom

     

     
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    Glen Echo Sign

     

     
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    Howard's Restaurant

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    Howard's was the home to many Doug Wray solo gigs. A tape exists of a Doug performance with Link and Vernon sitting in.
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    Howard's Today

    Waldorf Maryland

     
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    Hyattsville Armory

     

    During interviews, Link has mentioned a gig here during a winter storm where he and Brook Benton played all night.
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    Orange Street Apartment

    Washington DC

    210 Orange St SE DC. Apartment 4. The first home of the Wray's when they moved to DC. Vernon was downstairs, and Link had the upstairs apartment.
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    Wray Market and Pool Hall Building

    Accokeek Maryland

    Now an outreach center for a local church.
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    Ray's Used Car Lot

     

    Link, Elwood Brown on bass and Vern Jr. Elwood recalls it was a very hot day and Link's wife Kitty took plenty of photographs.
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    General Smallwood Middle School

     

    The Ray Men played here.
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    Smitty's Steakhouse

     

    The Ray Men played here in the late 60's. This is the Waldorf Maryland location, there was another located in Indian Head.
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    The Stable

     

    The Ray Men played here. Elwood Brown remembers playing a standing gig with Link in a jazz trio during dinner here.
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    The Stable

     

     
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    The Stable

     

     
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    The Stable

     

     
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    Stardust Inn

    Waldorf Maryland

    Link and the Ray Men played here regularly. The nightclub was razed in the 80's. The motel was razed in the mid 2000's.
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    Stardust Inn

     

    Lot where the nightclub once stood. It was razed in 1998.
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    Stardust Motel sign

     

    The Stardust was a hot spot during the 50's and 60's when slots were legal. Patsy Cline, Gary US Bonds, Kris Kristofferson, Link and others played the Stardust. The motel portion of the Stardust was razed in 2005.
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    Strick's

    Marlow Heights MD

    The Ray Men played here, along with the likes of Roy Clark, Patsy Cline and others.
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    Sunnybrook Tavern

     

    The Ray Men played here.
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    Sunnybrook Tavern

     

     
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    Sunnybrook Tavern

     

     
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    Waldorf Motel

     

    The Ray Men played here.
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    Waldorf Motel

     

     
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    Trailer Park

    White Plains MD

    Link lived here for a period of time in the 1970's with wife Sharon and kids.
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    The Wigwam

    Waldorf MD

    The Ray Men played here. The Wigwam was a hot spot during the slot machine era in Southern Maryland. The tee pee was all glass and hosted dancers in go go boots.
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    The Wigwam

     

     
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    Wigwam 2000

     

    Taken when the Wigwam building was run as Wall's Bakery.
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    Wigwam 2000

     

    Taken when the Wigwam building was run as Wall's Bakery.
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    Wigwam 2000

     

    Taken when the Wigwam building was run as Wall's Bakery.
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    Wigwam Neon

     

    The Wigwam was razed in 2011. The neon sign was salvaged and is on duty in White Plains Maryland as a walking trail marker off US 301.