Monday, November 21, 2005

the rumble has ceased

Saturday night I was out DJing a whole buncha 45s at a local club and didnt even realise that I played some of a legend that just passed on into the dark night. The man had a sound and look that were completely his own. Perhaps the first cool dude. Some say he invented the power chord!

May 2, 1929 - November 5, 2005

It is with great sadness that we inform you that Link Wray passed away from heart failure at his home in Denmark on November 5, 2005. He was buried after a private service at Christians Church in Copenhagen Denmark on November 18, 2005.

He was a Korean War veteran and proud of his service to his Mother Country.

Link Wray played music for over sixty years, always staying true to himself. Not settling for the "oldies circuit", Link continued to release new music throughout his career. He recently completed a three month tour of the USA just four short months before his death.

Link Wray laid the foundation of rock and roll guitar, influencing the likes of Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan and Neil Young, as well as hundreds of thousands of musicians and fans all over the world.

Punk rock, grunge, garage, rock guitar, surf, heavy metal and all started with Link Wray. He shared the stage with everyone from Patsy Cline to Bruce Springsteen. He is truly an unsung hero of rock and roll.

Link's "Jesus God" has called him home and Heaven is rocking a whole lot harder tonight.

AP News Story

Link Wray - Rumble
Link Wray - Raw-Hide
Link Wray - Ain't That Lovin' You Babe


At 2:52 PM, Anonymous AEG said...

For a track from the less commercial side of Wray, check out Bronson VS God.


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