Link Wray

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Legal name: Fred Lincoln Wray

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Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) was an American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and vocalist who first came to popularity in the late 1950s.

Building on the overdriven, distorted electric guitar sound of early electric blues records, his 1958 instrumental hit "Rumble" by Link Wray and his Ray Men invented "the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarists", making possible "punk and heavy rock". Rolling Stone placed Wray at number 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.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1971 Link Wray Link Wray 1
1973 Be What You Want To Link Wray 1
1973 Beans and Fatback Link Wray 1
1978 Fresh Fish Special Robert Gordon with Link Wray 1
1979 Robert Gordon with Link Wray Robert Gordon & Link Wray 1
1993 Indian Child Link Wray 1
1997 Shadowman Link Wray 1
1997 Too Fast to Live... Too Young to Die Robert Gordon with Link Wray 1
2000 Barbed Wire Link Wray 1
Apache Link Wray 1
Bullshot Link Wray 1
Rock 'n' Rumble Link Wray 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1989 The Original Rumble Plus 22 Other Storming Guitar Instrumentals Compilation Link Wray 1
1990 Missing Links, Volume 1: Hillbilly Wolf Compilation Link Wray 2
1990 Missing Links, Volume 2: Big City After Dark Compilation Link Wray 2
1990 Missing Links, Volume 3: Some Kind of Nut Compilation Link Wray 2
1993 Rumble! The Best of Link Wray Compilation Link Wray 1
1995 Guitar Preacher: The Polydor Years Compilation Link Wray 1
1997 Missing Links, Volume 4: Streets of Chicago Compilation Link Wray 2
2001 Guitar Legends Compilation Link Wray 1
2005 Wray's Three Track Shack Compilation Link Wray 1
King of the Wild Guitar Compilation Link Wray 1
Robert Gordon With Link Wray / Fresh Fish Special / Endless Sleep Compilation Robert Gordon with Link Wray 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1991 Live in '85 / Growling Guitar Live Link Wray 1
2003 Walking Down a Street Called Love: The Rumble Man Live in London and Manchester Live Link Wray 1

Single

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1977 Endless Sleep Robert Gordon with Link Wray 1

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