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Friday Night is Music Night (Readers Request Edition)

Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr (May 2, 1929 – November 5, 2005) was an American rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and occasional singer.

Wray was noted for pioneering a new sound for electric guitars, as exemplified in his hit 1958 instrumental "Rumble", by Link Wray and his Ray Men, which pioneered an overdriven, distorted electric guitar sound, and also for having, "invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarist," "and in doing so fathering," or making possible, "punk and heavy rock".

The menacing sound of "Rumble" (and its title) led to a ban on several radio stations, a rare feat for a song with no lyrics, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. Nevertheless it became a huge hit, not only in the United States, but also Great Britain,...


I saw him play with Robert Gordon back in the early days of the punk wars...outstanding.

I used to have a few odd items by Link Wray on various compilations (Including a version of the 60's television Batman theme on an album titled Chicken Rock, which also included an eponymous track by Fat Daddy Holmes, which I liked very much) and had forgotten him. I knew no one else who was an admirer when I was. Many thanks for the reminder.

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