Link Wray

Instrumental rock, Musical Artist

1929 – 2005

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Who was Link Wray?

Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr 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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Born
May 2, 1929
Dunn
Also known as
  • Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr
  • Fred Lincoln Wray Jr.
Parents
Spouses
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Lived in
  • San Francisco
  • Arizona
  • Accokeek
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Norfolk
  • North Carolina
Died
Nov 5, 2005
Copenhagen

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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