Link Wray 1929-2005
Breaking news folks.
You know I don’t work sundays but it’s a sad day.
Sad sad sad day.
I’ve said in March that 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.
Damn I was right.
Mr Wray passed away at the age of 76 in Copehagen where he lived since 1983.
'Though rock historians always like to draw a nice, clean line between the distorted electric guitar work that fuels early blues records to the late-'60s Hendrix-Clapton-Beck-Page-Townshend mob, with no stops in between, a quick spin of any of the sides Link recorded during his golden decade punches holes in that theory right quick.'
Well, I’ve learned guitar all by myself – with a little help from Mr Wray's records. I WANTED THAT SOUND AND THAT FEELING (Yeah something you will never understand you all Steve Vai fans)
Armed with a 1953 Gibson Les Paul, a dinky Premier amp, an Elvis sneer and a black leather jacket, Link Wray was my hero. Simple .
If I could go back in time and see one concert it would be Link Wray and His Raymen
Link Wray And The Raymen - Rumble
Link Wray And The Raymen - The Black Widow
Link Wray And The Raymen - The Law Of The Jungle
Link Wray And The Raymen - The Shadow Knows
Link Wray With Robert Gordon - The Way I Walk
Mystery Action - Raw-Hide
The Milshakes - Run Chicken Run
Hellbenders - The Outlaw
The legendary Dj Wild Pascal & Mr Wray