Legal name: Fred Lincoln Wray
Fred Lincoln Wray, Jr. (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005), known as Link Wray, was an American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who first came to popularity in the late 1950s.
Building on the distorted electric guitar sound of early electric blues records, his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" by Link Wray and his Ray Men popularized "the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists", making possible "punk and heavy rock". Rolling Stone placed Wray at No. 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. In 2013 he was announced as a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.