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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, . 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

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!

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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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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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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.

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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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13 Guitar Rumble – November 5, 2009

Posted in General with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 25, 2009 by inductlinkwray

An upcoming tribute show is being held to honor Link Wray on November 5, 2009.  This show will fall on the 4th anniversary of Link’s passing. Hosted by in Los Angeles, Ca and organized annually by Burnin’ Mike Vernon of 3 Balls of Fire.  Mike had played with Link at the Ponderosa Stomp in 2005. This marks the 5th occurence of the 13 Guitar Rumble. With previous events being held in Texas the first of which was a benefit for Hepatitis.

13 guitar rumbleHeadlining this event are Paul Johnson of Mr. Moto fame,  Eddie Bertrand from Eddie and the Showmen both widely regarded as two of the most influential surf guitarists of all time. Dave Wronski and Dusty Watson from Slacktone, Pete Curry of Los Straitjackets, Dave Arnson from The Insect Surfers and Tony Fate formerly of The Bellrays.

In addition, performing will be author/musician John Blair of The Eliminators,  Rick Holmstrom, Sylvia Juncosa, and Big Manny also will perform. Opening the event will be 3 Balls of Fire with Mike Vernon. Following an all guitar performance of Rumble will be King Fuzz himself  Davie Allan and The Arrows. Davie  is perhaps best known for his work on many movie soundtracks has recently released a recording titled  Retrophonic which has reminded us all why he is The King of The Fuzz Guitar! In this writer’s opinion (and several others) Davie Allan and Paul Johnson are both worthy of consideration for rock hall induction as well as Link Wray.  If the instrumental guitar ever gets the respect it deserves from them that is.

Making this event particularly interesting is that several of these musicians have cited Link as an influence on their playing. I’m sure that the respect for Mr. Guitar will be heard on stage. Just Think Link! as many of his finest recordings are performed by an all-star lineup of extremely talented and respected guitarists on Thursday November 5 in LA.

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2010 nominees announced

Posted in General with tags , , , on September 27, 2009 by inductlinkwray

The Rock Hall has announced it’s list of 2010 nominees with no mention of Link Wray. I have come to grips with the fact that his best chance of induction is likely as an early influence which is usually kept under wraps until announcement time. Link’s music continues to influence many who play today. When I hear live performers play his songs in their shows I realize just how ahead of his time he was. Although I’ve listened to much of his music countless times as being among my favorite musicians, the songs remain fresh and visionary to me. Songs some of which are over 50 yrs old at this time still are more innovative than today’s commercially orchestrated, manufactured for radio hits. True talent and vision is what Link possessed. To me the ultimate justice for Link’s being overlooked for so long would be that he be inducted as a performer, songwriter, and an early influence. His spirit and influence can even be heard in some of this year’s nominees The Stooges material. They along with Link played with Raw Power. If you’ve ever seen Link live you’d understand the essence of that statement. He just loved to play and loud!

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