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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.

Link Wray Tribute – May 9, 2009

Posted in General, Tribute with tags , , , , on March 21, 2009 by inductlinkwray

Induct Link Wray is proud to present a tribute to the legend, Link Wray. Join us May 9th at the Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Oh to celebrate the life and music of Link. The show takes place just one week after what would have been Link’s 80th birthday. Many special guests will be present as well as a star studded musical lineup.

Webb Wilder will be performing just weeks after the April release of his newest CD “More Like Me.” He will be

photo credit: david mclister

photo credit: david mclister

performing his own take on roots rock and hopefully many of his hits. Also, I anticipate the performance of many songs off of his latest release. Arrive early or else as Webb’s credo states ” Wear glasses if you need ‘em.”

raymenLink Wray’s Raymen will be performing Link’s music to absolute precision as well as some of their own material. The Raymen are made up entirely of musicians that played with Link. Guitarist, John Van Horn, son of legendary Rayman Jack Van Horn was taught his chops by Link. Bassist Ed Cynar dares us all to close our eyes and tell if we can hear a difference on the guitar between Link and John. That is quite a statement coming from someone who played and recorded with Link. On drums will be Pat Greenwood who had played with Link in the 70s. I am very excited to see Link Wray’s Raymen in their first ever Cleveland performance.

The Stuck in Gear tribute band featuring Link Wray’s own grandson Chris Webb will play. Gary Small of The Coyote Bros. who is a winner of multiple NAMMYS will be joining Chris as well as Jason Kay on drums. Many of you may have seen them perform at the Native American Music Awards honoring the legendary Link Wray or at a previous tribute. If not don’t miss this opportunity. Chris also plays with his own band Southern Attitude and they are based in the Portsmouth, Va area and plays regularly there. They will be performing in Cleveland for the first time.

Chicago’s only Link Wray tribute band, Wraygun will enlighten us with a variety of instrumental surf as well as the



music of Link. I have seen musician Phil Tiki with another of his bands The Cocktail Preachers and was thoroughly impressed. To say I am in high anticipation of seeing Wraygun is an understatement.

Opening the event will be Cleveland’s own The Topcats. They will be performing much of the greatest rock of the 50s and 60s. Bassist Jon Paulus has promised they will get the show rockin’. I’m looking forward to their first ever performance at the Beachland.

The event promises the greatest performances of Link’s music by anyone besides himself. For anyone who had not seen Link in person this may be a great way to experience his musical legacy first hand. It is also my hope that by having this concert in Cleveland that the rock hall will take notice of their greatest omission. Come join us in a celebration of Link Wray. I hope to see you all at the Beachland on May 9th.

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Chuck Bennett

Posted in General with tags , , , , on February 21, 2009 by inductlinkwray

Chuck Bennett perhaps known best in the music world for his work with Link Wray has passed away on January 29, 2009. He had suffered from emphysema and complications from cancer. He had spent much of his last years residing in a Washington D.C. area nursing home. He was 66 years of age. His real name was Charles Wayne Avery.
Chuck played bass for Link for a time and often sang vocals. His singing has been described by many as very soulful. He had a great voice for some of the screaming and upbeat tempo of the songs he sang on. Chuck was one of many who had the experience of recording at the infamous 3 track recording studio. Chuck had a great influence on determining which songs to record and their arrangements. He can be found on many of Link’s Swan recordings and also Rumble- Best of Link Wray.
Mr. Avery also recorded with Raymen alums, The Spiders, on their tracks ‘Baby Doll’ and ‘Run Boy Run.’ In addition he also recorded a 45 for the Bonnie Label which included the song ‘Seven Days’ (are made for love) which was penned by F.L. Wray and the b-side of this was ‘I went to your house.’
For more information on Chuck Bennett I suggest viewing his online obituary at:

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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January 15th- Link Wray Day

Posted in General with tags , , , , on January 1, 2009 by inductlinkwray

In 2006, Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. declared January 15th Link Wray Day in the state of Maryland. The official document was accepted by his grandson, Chris. This day also marked a tribute concert for Link at El Boqueron II in Rockville. The concert featured Robert Gordon who recorded two rockabilly albums with Link in the 70s. A tandem effort that was beneficial to both careers. Also headlining the event was Eddie Angel, the famed surf guitarist of Los Straitjackets celebrity. Eddie Angel recorded a cover cd titled Eddie Angel plays Link Wray in 2006. It features many hits as well as lesser known songs of Link. A tribute cd without Link Wray ‘Rumble’ imagine that. Appearing were also Dave Letterman band drummer Anton Fig, the A-Bones, and Hot Tuna and Jefferson Airplane founding member Jack Casady. Casady reunited with his high school band The Triumphs for the performance. The Triumphs frequently opened for Link Wray & The Raymen. Little mention was made in the press that The Raymen performed at this event. No one else can capture the sound of Link Wray’s Raymen- no one. All three of them played with Link and Guitarist John Van Horn’s father Jack was also a long time Rayman. Bassist Ed Cynar has been with The Raymen since the early 60s and knows their sound and how to define it perfectly. Drummer Pat Greenwood first played with Link Wray in the late 70s. Also appearing was the band Switchblade.

Perhaps the capstone of the event was that Link Wray’s American family gathered onstage to sing ‘ Will the Circle be Unbroken.’

Link’s connection to Maryland is multi-faceted in that the Wray family farm is located in Accokeek. Link made his home here through much of the 50s, 60s & 70s. The family farm was also home to the infamous chicken coop converted home 3 track recording studio where Link and band made numerous recordings. Link Wray also lived in Waldorf, Maryland with brother Doug for a period in the 70s and early 80s. Wray also made a home in White Plains, Maryland with his wife Sharon for a time.

Unfortunately, I would presume many area natives are unaware of the legendary guitarist that once called Maryland home. Hopefully Link Wray Day brought many to come to know great music and guitar work that had an influence on numerous rock genres. If you’re in Maryland on January 15th be sure to play some Link Wray tunes, turn up the volume to Link’s preferred decibel level and celebrate Link Wray Day.

To join us in inducting Link Wray into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sign the .

An article featured in the contained a review of the tribute and information on Link Wray Day.

Tsunami Soul

Posted in General with tags , , on December 2, 2008 by inductlinkwray

I would like to thank Tom Hinders for mentioning Induct Link Wray on the air. I spoke with him after his show and could tell instantly that he is someone who knows music. Tom broadcasts from the campus of Oberlin College 91.5 FM WOBC. His show is surf and instrumental based. A rarity and so necessary in the Cleveland area. You can hear everything from Link to Man or Astroman? on his show. Definitely worth the listen!

I am however jealous. He was telling me about an album that he had autographed by Link himself. I am so envious! What a tremendous addition to a memorabilia collection. Tune in to Tom’s show and in addition to Link you can hear the sounds of other musicians worthy of induction such as Dick Dale and Davie Allan.

I want you to ponder for a moment these questions: Why is the Father of the Power Chord not an inductee? Why is The King of the Surf Guitar not an inductee? Why is the King of the Fuzz Guitar not an inductee? I guess they just don’t listen to college radio down at the Rock Hall.

Hey Tom can I talk you into donating that album to the hall when we help get him inducted? I’ll donate my can. Who said there’s no surf in Cleveland ? Just get a board my friends.

Thank you Tom once again for having me in the studio on December 9,2008! This was a great experience and a great chance to help Link’s cause. We all are capable of correcting a serious rock injustice. I think signatures on petitions will help. It has helped other bands get in.  If we don’t – New Kids might be the next inductees.

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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