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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  and for your support!

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Library of Congress adds Rumble

Posted in General, Rock Influence with tags , , , , on July 27, 2009 by inductlinkwray

In June of 2009, The Library of Congress announced the newest additions to it’s National Recording Registry. Foremost among this year’s inclusions is “Rumble” by Link Wray recorded in 1958. It is foremost for us fans of Link anyway. Also included was “At Last” by Etta James, “My Generation” by the Who, “Tom Dooley” by The Kingston Trio, “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by George Jones and “Boogie Chillen” by John Lee Hooker along with numerous other recordings including a speech by Sir Winston Churchill and the sounds of a woodpecker.

The Librarian of Congress along with help from public members as well as a panel of music and sound experts comprise the National Recording Preservation Board.

This is just an assumption on my part but I am sure they recognize Rumble as being one of the first true rock and roll songs as well as the first expression of the power chord.  “Rumble” truly does deserve it’s latest accolade as does the man who played it. Among the many organizations to recognize Link thus far this just may be the most prestigious, in this writers opinion.

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Review – Link Wray Tribute May 9, 2009

Posted in General, Tribute with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2009 by inductlinkwray

In Cleveland, many gathered to honor one of rock’s greatest guitarists Link Wray. The concert was held at The Beachland Ballroom on Cleveland’s east side and was presented by This tribute was one in which everyone who performed was a headliner. Link’s daughter Beth (My Beth) and her family joined us as well as Link’s grandson Chris Webb who performed. It is also worth noting that there were several writers, disc jockeys, many local musicians and even some Rock and Roll Hall of Fame executives in attendance. Hopefully their being able to hear Link’s music being played by some of the most capable to perform it other than himself may help this great instrumentalists’ cause for induction.

Opening the show was Cleveland’s own . They performed the songs of many of Link’s contemporaries and friends. With Jon Paulus on the standup bass, additional flare was added for the rockabilly tunes. Among the songs played for their set were Oh Boy, Hot Rod Lincoln, and C’mon Everybody. Rich, Jon and company got the night off to an excellent vibe in their first ever appearance at the Beachland.

out of Chicago, Ill. played a phenomenal set which included several of Link’s tunes including Oddball, Rumble, Mr. Guitar, and Dinosaur. They even showed their prowess by playing XKE which many of you may know was played by Link alums, The Fender Benders. also played several great surf instrumentals including Dick Tracy, Mr. Moto and Good Cop, Bad Cop. My thanks go out to Phil, Susie, Jack and Larry for providing Cleveland with the opportunity to hear you at your finest.

made the trip up from the greater Washington D.C. area to perform at the tribute. I could think of no greater musicians to have perform at this concert than those who actually played with Link. The Raymen did not disappoint. Those in attendance received a real treat as they heard songs played live that even Link may never have performed in concert. Led by bassist Ed Cynar, they play the music to absolute perfection. Lead Guitarist demonstrated the talent that comes with being the son of a Rayman and having played with Link at the age of 16. They performed such classics as Rawhide, Rumble, Jack The Ripper and Ace of Spades. With highly skilled drummer Pat Greenwood keeping perfect time they dedicated I’m Branded to recently deceased Raymen, Jack Van Horn and Chuck Bennett. In addition to these well known standards they also played such classics as Super 88, Goodtime Joe, Walk Away From Love, Quicksand, and It’s All Over Now ( Baby Blue ). Link Wray’s Raymen also delighted the crowd with an original composition titled which holds true to the Link Wray influence. I recommend Link Wray’s Raymen to any and all who ever have the chance to see them in concert. Thanks Ed, Pat and John for providing us all with an experience which will last forever.

The tribute band which also performed at Link Wray’s rock and roll hall of fame induction into the NAMMYs played next. The band featured on bass, Gary Small of . and on drums. They were led by Link’s grandson Chris Webb on guitar. Opening with Rumble on the Docks they played a high energy set which never came down. In fact many of the bar’s patrons came out to witness them perform. They dedicated Batman to a fan of Link’s who is only 3 three years old and also Run Chicken Run to a contributor of this petition effort. Black Widow/Spiderman, Radar, Switchblade, and Slinky were among songs showcased in their set. Comanche was played with crowd participation and they closed with Link’s signature tune Rumble. It is worth noting that several exclaimed how Chris reminded them of Link while he played and remarked at Jason’s playing on the drums. Top notch musicians with obvious chemistry. If  they ever join each other on stage again, I hope to be there. I wish to thank Chris, Gary and Jason for traveling many miles to play for us.

Closing the night and taking us into the next morning was roots rocker, . He opened with Big Time and never let us down from there. He played such well loved songs as Pretty Little Lights,Tough it Out, and Human Cannonball at the request of one dedicated fan. Fans were treated to a special surprise rendition of Ain’t That Lovin’ You Baby done Link Wray style just for the tribute with an ode to Link’s influence on rock and roll spoken prior to the performance. I would like to hear this released on disc someday as it blew me away. Webb, Bob and the band proved why rock is still alive and well and on May 9, 2009 it was played in Cleveland, Ohio for Link Wray.

In addition to the entertainment provided by the bands was a slideshow detailing many of Link’s performances and interviews throughout his career. It was our intention to educate and inform the audience of the company Link kept throughout his lifetime and many of the videos helped to do this. This presentation also made it possible for Link to take center stage at his own tribute. There was no better way to close the concert than with footage of the great one himself playing rock’s greatest instrumental.

I would like to thank all the performers, Big Audio Mike for your excellent work at the soundboard and on stage, Gregg and Nick at Brain Damage Inc. for everything you did in making the video presentation possible, Katie Garlock of for photographing this event, and Jill for your tireless help the night of the show, and Angela for everything you have done in making this tribute happen. I would also like to express my gratitude to Tom Hinders of , Guy Moore of , and Jet Sterling of The for their coverage and additional promotion of this tribute and petition. Thanks Jet for having us as guests on the air.

In addition, I would also like to thank Rod Ice for writing two articles about the tribute for the Geauga County Maple Leaf newspaper. He had these words to say about the petition on his own .

The music of Link Wray is still alive and well. It will live on forever in all that it influences. Please join everyone who has already signed the and help support Link’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Missing Link? – again

Posted in General with tags , , , , on January 18, 2009 by inductlinkwray

I would first like to begin by extending my congratulations to Wanda Jackson on her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is quite often referred to as the “Queen of Rockabilly” and rightfully so. For those of you that doubt the petition process, Wanda’s was begun by Elvis Costello. I would also like to congratulate Jeff Beck , a guitar virtuoso that has in the past cited Link Wray as an influence on him. I do not care to say very much about the “Rapper’s Delight” portion of the rock hall’s exhibits except that I wonder why they are being inducted into a “ROCK” hall and whether or not the nominating committee needs the music that is/was rock and roll to be defined for them.

Another year in which Link Wray has not been inducted. According to the website Link has been eligible since 1985. He could have been inducted with the inaugural classes. He could’ve been recognized alongside the pioneers of the music like he should have. This website poses the question “will Link Wray be inducted?” My question and that of many of his fans is why hasn’t he already been inducted? In my opinion for his most signature song ‘Rumble’ alone Link Wray deserves induction. If I were to bring into the argument ‘Raw-Hide’, ‘Jack The Ripper’, ‘Ace of Spades’, ‘I’m Branded’, ‘Deuces Wild’, ‘Run Chicken Run’, etc… (I believe I have illustrated my point here.)

Link Wray could be inducted as an early influence. His guitar innovations laid the initial groundwork for all that guitar hero craze that swept through rock in the 60s – 70s, 80s. He was a pioneer in the use of distortion and feedback. He recorded the single most powerful and influential D chord in all of rock and roll.

Link Wray could be inducted as a performer. Those of us that were fortunate to see him live can attest to this. Stories abound of the early days of playing biker clubs in the D.C. area. Link would taunt the very same bikers that would be taunting him. He would win them over with his guitar. He truly played with raw power. He would stalk the stage commanding it, drawing off the energy of the crowd. “I just love to play for the kids ya’ know” Link has been quoted as saying. He thoroughly enjoyed the resurgence he received the last several years of his career.

Link Wray could also be inducted as a songwriter. He would stay up all hours of the night writing songs. A family member recently recounted for me memories she has of her father when she was little. Seeing him sitting with his guitar, paper and pencil in hand when she went to bed and him being in the exact same pose when she woke up until the song was finished. He was absolutely committed to his music being played to his satisfaction. He often walked away from many record deals because of this commitment. He is not often thought of as a songwriter and this may be due to the fact that many of his early hits the songwriting credits are given to his father and Milt Grant. I assure you that Link Wray was the author of these hits.

In summary, Link Wray deserves induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! He was a true innovator of rock music throughout his illustrious career. He laid the foundation for the entire music that had spawned from his power chords let alone the actual facility which has been built as a shrine to the music. Imagine what they would have to view on exhibit if they did not already have inducted the many guitarists which were influenced by Link Wray? Wouldn’t be much more than ‘Climbing Up A High Wall’ now would it?

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Motivation for this Site

Posted in General with tags , , on November 26, 2008 by inductlinkwray

I would say that I have been motivated to build Induct Link Wray based primarily on how much I hear his influence throughout all subgenres within rock ‘n’ roll. When listening to almost any form of rock there exists the power chord for our enjoyment. The raw powerful basic sound that traces back to Link Wray. When I first began taking guitar lessons after learning fingering exercises, my next lesson was the . My instructor asked me to find examples and that is when I became hooked on that sound. With just one strum of the pick so much is accomplished; add distortion, reverb, and pure unadulterated volume and a guitar student can begin to learn the songs of Link Wray. A musician who can be imitated but never truly duplicated.

I have seen him in concert more than once and each time was an awesome experience. I have seen him when he had a cold; it was obvious that he put that much more effort into letting his guitar steal the show. There was very little in-between song banter which I did miss however because he didn’t do it at this particular show. I have seen him blow up an amplifier after a lengthy feud with the venue’s sound man. There were people who went outside and walked up the street to find a comfortable volume level (not true fans). The club received a noise violation that night from the men in blue. The last time I saw him was in a larger venue. I arrived early with a friend that I was trying to turn on to Link. We got there just in time to listen to our own private concert- the sound check. This was even louder than the show I previously described. Link kept asking us if it was loud enough. Of course we answered “Turn it Up!” He said it wasn’t loud enough by raising his finger in the air and then followed yet another heated discussion with the sound man. Once again the sound man said he wouldn’t go louder. Once again I witnessed Link saying there wouldn’t be a show unless the volume went up as loud as he wanted it. I once sat in front of a speaker tower at an AC/DC show. The Aussies have nothing on Link. Except for maybe the unending gratitude to the originator of the power chord and playing a show with as much volume as can be heard without bringing your eardrums to the point of surrender.

I also believe wholeheartedly he belongs in the . That is my intent with this website. If I can have just one person go down to the Rock Hall and ask why is Link Wray not in here as a result of this site it has been successful. I wish to inspire people to turn others onto Link. I regret that those of you who never saw him live will never have that experience. What an experience! When I shook hands with Link, I shook hands with the incarnation of Rock ‘n’ Roll.


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