Link Wray

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Legal name: Fred Lincoln Wray


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

Building on the distorted electric guitar sound of early 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", facilitating the emergence of "punk and heavy rock". Rolling Stone placed Wray at No. 45 of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. In 2013 he was a nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Though he began in country music, his musical style went on to consist primarily of rock and roll, rockabilly, and instrumental rock.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1960 Link Wray & The Wraymen Link Wray & The Wraymen 1
1971 Link Wray Link Wray 2
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
2014 Ace of Spades Link Wray 1
Apache Link Wray 1
Bullshot Link Wray 1
Rock 'n' Rumble Link Wray 1

Album + Compilation

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

Album + Live

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


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

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