Link Wray !
Link Wray may never get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but his contribution to the language of rockin' guitar would still be a major one, even if he had never walked into another studio after cutting "Rumble." Listen to any of the tracks he recorded between that landmark instrumental in 1958 through his Swan recordings in the early 1960s and you'll hear the blueprints for heavy metal, thrash, you name it.
If a direct line from a black blues musician crankin' up his amp and playing with a ton of violence and aggression can be traced to a young, white guy doing a mutated form of same, the line points straight to Link Wray, no contest.
Link Wray & His Raymen - The Shadow Knows
Link Wray & His Raymen - Ace Of Spades
Link Wray & His Raymen - Rumble
Link Wray & His Raymen - Scatter
See you on Monday.