Thank You and Don’t Give Up

Posted in General on June 29, 2011 by inductlinkwray

Hi Everyone,

This is Angela and I am Eric’s wife (Eric is the creator of this site). For those of you who hadn’t heard, Eric passed away on June 11. I am keeping this site up and running as a tribute to Eric’s dedication to get Link Wray into the Hall of Fame. If you haven’t already, please sign the online petition and pass it on to your friends. I’m doing my best to keep up on the mission, but I’ll need everyone’s help.

Thank you to everyone who posted a comment on his obituary, sent notes, flowers, prayers, love and support to myself and our children. Eric touched so many people that it is astounding. Don’t give up on the Link Wray mission. The Rock Hall’s missing Link.

Thank you again,
Angela Moore

Think Link!

Posted in General on April 5, 2011 by inductlinkwray

If  you ever find yourself down and out don’t get too discouraged…. Just Think Link! That’s right find inspiration in our guitar hero Link Wray.

Link was born poor in the south during the depression as a part Shawnee Indian. He grew up sleeping on floors. His mother was an outcast , a mystic of sorts. His father often found work through odd jobs common at the time.

Link  was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. As a result of his service he contracted Tuberculosis and therefore lost a lung due to its impacts. Prior to this he had a country and western band with his brothers and this could have meant the end to his career but Link believed in himself.

Link Wray went on to influence the way the electric guitar would be played forever. His style would change the way amplifiers and guitars would forever be manufactured. In his words “Rumble was zapped into me.” He believed in himself and his calling. He believed in the inspiration of that song and what inspired him to play it that first time.

Link Wray to this day is the only performer to overcome the adversity of having an instrumental banned from airplay. He went on to have a career spanning various record labels, near obscurity at times and even selling 45s from the trunk of his car. His career continued and we believe in him because he believed in himself.

So whenever you find yourself down or the Rock Hall has you discouraged …. Think Link!

To sign the Induct Link Wray online petition please view our online petition page. Thanks for thinking Link!

Link Wray display at National Museum of the American Indian

Posted in General with tags , , , , on August 8, 2010 by inductlinkwray

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.

Happy 81st birthday Link! Lee’s Liquor Lounge tribute

Posted in General, Tribute with tags , , , on May 1, 2010 by inductlinkwray

May 2, 2010 marks what would have been Link Wray’s 81st birthday. Happy Birthday Link! He was born May 2, 1929 in Dunn, North Carolina. Link would go on to become one of rock and roll’s true genius guitar virtuosos. Link Wray would create guitar techniques that would have perhaps the most profound widespread influence of any to play before or since. Legions of fans and players are deeply grateful for his accomplishments.

Several of these fans recently turned out in Minneapolis, Minnesota to pay tribute to the great Link Wray. The concert was held at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in April. All the performers played in Link’s style and several of Link’s tunes were covered. Joe Holland organized the tribute and brought the musicians together to celebrate Link. In his words he organized the tribute simply because they love Link. Joe has stated that he hopes the event can become an annual celebration honoring the musical legacy of Link Wray. I too hope that this can become an annual tribute event.Thank you Joe for making this concert happen and also encouraging people to sign the Induct Link Wray petition.

Join me and jam to Link all day long  (wherever you may be) at maximum volume to celebrate his birthday May 2nd!

May the music of Link Wray be played forever!

Sign the Induct Link Wray online petition!

The Ray Carr Show

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on March 30, 2010 by inductlinkwray

I would like to thank DJ Ray Carr of The Ray Carr Show on wcsb 89.3 Cleveland State University radio in Cleveland, Ohio for having me on air to discuss Link Wray on March 30, 2010. Topics of discussion included guitarists who Link had an influence on and the origins of the band name Link Wray and The Raymen.

The Ray Carr Show currently airs Tuesday mornings between 7 am and 9 am. Listeners are provided with a reprieve of the usual monotony of radio. Carr plays a wide variety of early rock ranging from Petula Clark and Jackie Brenston and The Delta Cats to the influential sounds of the phenomenal Washington based 60s garage band The Sonics. He frequently even plays some instrumentalists such as Duane Eddy, Dick Dale and Link Wray. I am a regular listener of his show and most enjoy the variety of music he plays as well as the accompanying information he provides. An oasis of rock and roll.

Thanks again to Ray Carr of  WCSB and DJ Ray Show for your support!

Join us in our cause of petitioning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Induct Link Wray and sign our online petition!

Jimmy Page discusses Rumble

Posted in General with tags , , , , on March 7, 2010 by inductlinkwray

In the 2009 released film It Might Get loud directed by Davis Guggenheim respect is given to legendary rock guitarist Link Wray. The documentary shows footage of Jimmy Page playing Rumble on 45.  It is a song in which he says possessed “profound attitude”.  The movie also showcases Jack White and The Edge. I personally can hear more of Link’s attitude through the playing of Jack White than the other two but that may just be how my ears hear their music.

Jimmy Page is widely known as a guitarist for The Yardbirds and Led Zeppelin playing predominately in blues infused stylings. I would have to say however that the “profound attitude” of Rumble did influence his playing. He is known for hard strumming and vibrato techniques originally popularized by Link.  If Jimmy Page who is a rock hall inductee believes Link had a major influence on rock and roll then perhaps the hall’s induction committee should come to the same realization.

Join us in our petition efforts to have Link Wray inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Archie Bleyer, Cadence Records and Link

Posted in General with tags , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by inductlinkwray

I feel compelled to write about Archie Bleyer not just because he gave ‘Rumble’ its big break but also because he had a tremendous impact on rock and roll in his own right.

Archie Bleyer was born in 1909 in the borough of Queens in New York City. In the 1920s he would first study electrical engineering and then music at Columbia University. In the 1930s he would move to the west coast performing with his own band in Hollywood. In the 1940s he would lead the orchestra for the Arthur Godfrey television and radio programs. He would be best known for scoring hits in 1954 with ‘Hernando’s Hideaway’ (a great instrumental version would later be done by The Ventures) and ‘The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane.’

In 1952, Archie founded Cadence Records which was located in Manhattan. It’s first recording artist was Julius LaRosa. Cadence would go on to sign The Chordettes who are best known for their hit ‘Mr. Sandman’, Bleyer would eventually marry one of their singers Janet. He also signed The Everly Brothers who had hits on Cadence with ‘Bye Bye Love’ and ‘Wake Up Little Susie’. Andy Williams was also one of his biggest stars on the label.

In 1958, through the urging of Archie’s daughter ‘Rumble’ was released as the B side for ‘The Swag’. Originally ‘Rumble’ was titled ‘Oddball’ and would be changed it is believed because Archie’s daughter thought it was reminiscent of the fights in West Side Story. This raucous association would lead to the song being banned from airplay on many stations. Despite this fact it would go on to be Link’s highest charting single. Link would only have the one 45 released on Cadence before he would leave the label.  This 45 would have the catalog number Cadence 1347. Link Wray and The Raymen did record many other tunes while on the Cadence label but would not be released until many years later.

In 1964 when it was decided to close Cadence, it was Andy Williams who would buy the label’s catalog and form his own Barnaby Records. This acquisition began as Andy merely wanted to buy his own material. Thankfully for Link Wray fans some of his material was not included in the sale and would later be released through Rollercoaster Records. Included in these recordings would be originals of  ‘Rawhide’, ‘Comanche’, and ‘Pancho Villa’ for example. Also a great stroll titled ‘Walkin’ with Link.’

Unfortunately Archie Bleyer felt that Link Wray was too raw and edgy for commercial success and the two often feuded over direction. Archie would release Link from his contract with Cadence and in 1959 ‘Raw-Hide’ would be released on the Epic label.

Archie Bleyer retired from the music business to Sheboygan, Wisconsin which was his wife’s hometown. In 1989 he would die from the effects of Parkinson’s Disease. Archie Bleyer as the founder of Cadence Records will always have a secure place in rock history.

Join us in our efforts to petition the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Link Wray!

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