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Link Wray was, along with his brothers Vernon and Doug, a perhaps unwitting progenitor of the independent recording industry. Wray’s Epic releases, which included such convincingly menacing numbers as “Rawhide” and “Rumble” inspired an entire generation of distortion happy guitarists, but the sides that Wray and his brothers recorded in their home studio for independent imprints like Swan, Kay and Cameo provide a sort of alternate history of the Wray’s career. Norton’s exhaustive four-volume series Missing Links compiles these smaller releases. The first volume, Hillbilly Wolf includes sides that Wray and his brothers recorded before “Rumble” hit the charts, as well as a brace of early ‘60s sides that alternate between Wray’s trademark instrumental badinage and deranged takes on R&B and C&W standards. Wray completists will want this set for its inclusion of four previously unreleased recordings, including a breathless take on “Lawdy Mis Clawdy” that nearly bests Little Richard.

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guitar god

this man is a rock legend and it is a disgrace he isnt in the rock n roll hall of fame. you can thank him for the greatest of guitar gods. VIVA LA LINK WRAY

"It's Music She Says!"

.."I'm On The Prowl!"-Whoa; Yeah!-Link Wray & His Raymen just had the most unique sound around!-Coming somewhere out of the Mournful Wail of Country + The Randy Raunch of early R&B=A crazy sonic boom of Primal; Raw; Unadulterated Rock!-{The heretofore unheard of use of the new "Electrified Guitar" as a Lead Instrument has it's origins right here!} And "The Kids All Dug It!"-Especially teens like: Jimmy Page; George Harrison; Jeff Beck; Lou Reed and other "Future Feedback" afficianados!-From those early Moody Instrumentals to the Wild & Crazy Vocals and the In Studio Recording Innovations; Link Wray has earned his place as a true "Rock & Roll Originator!"-"Sleep Tight!" Grimmbo.


Born: May 2, 1929 in Dunn, NC

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Link Wray may never get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but his contribution to the language of rockin' guitar would still be a major one, even if he had never walked into another studio after cutting "Rumble." Quite simply, Link Wray invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists. Listen to any of the tracks he recorded between that landmark instrumental in 1958 through his Swan recordings in the early '60s and you'll hear the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash,...
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