I have visited the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame multiple times and each visit is a reminder that it serves as a commercial palace to what sells in rock & roll music. Many of those who have put the ROCK in the music have been omitted from its hallowed halls. The most glaring of which to me is Link Wray. When his Rumble hit the billboards charts, The Everly Brothers had the number 1 hit -1986 inductees. Who rocks more? I mean Rumble or Cathy’s Clown, come on? My point with that statement is not to offend but to note that songs such as Rumble, Rawhide, I’m Branded etc. would embody what the spirit of rock and roll is to be. Link would create the raw sound and style which influenced countless guitarists and continues to to this very day.
I have seen him in concert multiple times and I can say that he absolutely rocked until the very end. I’m talking deafening loud well into his 70s. I once witnessed him in an argument with a sound man who refused to turn the sound up and Link walked off the stage repeatedly, eventually the sound got cranked and Link rocked ultimately blowing all the amps in the house. I believe he is the “Father of the Power Chord” and belongs in the Rock Hall. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame should exist no longer without Link. His reverb style was years ahead of its time. His influence on Rock is exponential. Link Wray is the Missing Link!
*Any mention of other songs, bands, musicians etc. is merely to illustrate that Link Wray was playing his guitar and making music like none before him!