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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.

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2010 rock hall inductees announced

Posted in General with tags , , , , on December 15, 2009 by inductlinkwray

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it’s list of inductees for 2010. Once again there is no mention of one of rock’s great guitarists Link Wray among them. I have not been able to see who if anyone is the early influence inductee however. I theorize that this would be how Link would be inducted.

Among the inductees are Swedish glam rockers Abba. Perhaps they are best known for their song ‘Dancing Queen’ which is still played at many dances. They reportedly recently turned down a multi-million dollar offer to tour again.  British rockers, Genesis famous for their brand of theatrical rock are among this year’s class. Early on they were fronted by Peter Gabriel and would eventually become a trio consisting of Phil Collins, Tony Banks, and Mike Rutherford. Their biggest selling album was Trick of the Tail. They are also known for albums The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Nursery Cryme, and Selling England by the Pound. The song ‘Supper’s Ready’ is well worth a listen. An accomplished band that has been a force in the evolution of rock, and should have been inducted years ago. Jamaican, Jimmy Cliff who is regarded by many as an innovator of Ska joins the list. He’s mostly regarded as a reggae artist. ‘Vietnam’ and ‘The Harder They Come’ are well known Cliff songs. Recently he has done a great deal of soundtrack work notably for Cool Runnings and The Lion King. There was a campaign on his behalf for his induction. Genesis are joined by another English band The Hollies. Early hits were mostly covers. Well known songs include ‘Bus Stop’ and ‘Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress.’ The Hollies have never officially broken up. The Stooges also known as Iggy and The Stooges are the hardest rockers of this year’s class. The Michigan rockers are considered by many to be an early influence on punk and grunge. Albums that should definitely be must listens are Raw Power and Fun House. ‘No Fun’, ‘Search and Destroy’,’ I Wanna Be Your Dog’ and ‘Raw Power’ are noted songs. Frontman, Iggy Pop also had a hit with ‘Lust for Life’. I believe that this was the eighth year that The Stooges were voted on by the induction committee. A band that should’ve been a no brainer in this writer’s opinion but what do I know I don’t even consider Run DMC or Madonna to be rock.

In the non-performer category record executive David Geffen is perhaps the most widely known non- performing inductee. Otis Blackwell wrote many songs which helped shape early rock. Among them are ‘Great Balls of Fire’, ‘Don’t Be Cruel’, and ‘All Shook Up’. Songwriting couple Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil have written many hits such as ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling’, ‘We Gotta Get Out of This Place’, and ‘Walkin in the Rain’. Jesse Stone who was said by Ahmet Ertegun to have done more to develop the rock sound than anyone else. Stone was involved in many early rock songs as well as big band. Another husband and wife team, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich who are known for writing ‘Leader of the Pack’, ‘Be My Baby’, ‘Hanky Panky’, and ‘Do Wah Diddy Diddy.’ Mort Shuman is well known for his work with Doc Pomus.  Famous Shuman compositions include ‘Little Sister’, ‘Turn Me Loose’, ‘This Magic Moment’, and ‘Viva Las Vegas’.

We the devoted fans of Link are left to wonder when he will join them. Many have pontificated that the hall is not deserving of his presence there.  I can understand that perspective, it is the product of frustration. It seems that Link Wray as an inductee would lend the institution a great deal of credibility even among musicians already inducted let alone museum goers. To those that have told me that it is only a matter of time, yes it is. Long overdue.

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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.


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