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Wray is an early influencer if anyone was...

Posted on: October 11, 2018 at 18:42:08 CT
Spanky KU
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Link Wray
When Link Wray released the thrilling, ominous "Rumble" in 1958, it became one of the only instrumentals ever to be banned from radio play – for fear that it might incite gang violence. By stabbing his amplifier's speaker cone with a pencil, Wray created the distorted, overdriven sound that would reverberate through metal, punk and grunge. Wray, who proudly claimed Shawnee Indian ancestry and lost a lung to tuberculosis, was the archetypal leather-clad badass, and his song titles alone – "Slinky," "The Black Widow" – convey the force and menace of his playing. "He was ****ing insane," said the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach. "I would listen to 'Some Kinda Nut,' over and over. It sounded like he was strangling the guitar – like it was screaming for help." When Wray died in 2005, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen both performed "Rumble" onstage in tribute. "If it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,'" said Pete Townshend, "I would have never picked up a guitar."
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     I'm a big fan of Link Wray, but how many acts with only - Zamboni STL - 10/11 17:43:21
          Rolling Stones lists Wray as #45 in their Top 100 Guitarists - Spanky KU - 10/11 18:11:44
               I'm not disputing his quality. I dig him, own several of his - Zamboni STL - 10/11 18:15:24
                    As Walsh said.. it is political - Spanky KU - 10/11 18:54:39
                         Disagree. Name a black artist with similar chart record - Zamboni STL - 10/11 19:53:02
                              he Is an early influencer. - Spanky KU - 10/11 20:30:59
          Lots: - Spanky KU - 10/11 18:08:46
               Those are all in the "Early Influencers" category - Zamboni STL - 10/11 18:14:01
                    Wray is an early influencer if anyone was... - Spanky KU - 10/11 18:42:08
                         He isn't pre-Rock and Roll(nm) - Zamboni STL - 10/11 19:53:19
                              Doesn’t have to be pre R&R.. See Howlin Wolf & Freddie King - Spanky KU - 10/11 20:37:00
     He's totally right...and why Def Leppard isn't is shameful. - Logan BAMA - 10/11 17:22:58

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