The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington D.C. is currently showcasing several prominent musicians of native ancestry. Among them is Link Wray. As many of you may know Link was of Shawnee Indian heritage.
This is a very rare opportunity to see what is most likely Link’s 1958 Danelectro Longhorn. Many of Link’s early instrumentals were recorded with a Danelectro Longhorn including ‘Rawhide’. There is video footage of the original Raymen playing ‘Rawhide’ as part of the exhibit. The video is from The Dick Clark Show and features Link, Vernon Wray, Shorty Horton, and Doug Wray. Also displayed is a previously unreleased photo of The Raymen playing a D.C. nightclub in 1961. Another video is the footage of Jimmy Page playing air guitar to ‘Rumble’ from the rockumentary It Might Get Loud.
Other musicians featured in the exhibit are Redbone, Rita Coolidge, Russell Moore, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Peter LaFarge. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted guitarists Jimi Hendrix and Robbie Robertson are also a part of the exhibit.
On July 1, guitarist and songwriter Derek Miller opened the exhibit by playing the music of many of the musicians featured. He recently also had the honor of performing in the closing ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The exhibit is titled Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians in Popular Culture and will be featured in Washington D.C. from July 1, 2010 until January 2, 2011.
Had Link Wray been rightfully inducted into the Rock Hall the exhibit would feature three inductees. Please join us by signing the Induct Link Wray online petition.