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Link Wray 1929-2005

BE WILD, NOT EVIL: THE LINK WRAY STORY
chris scovitch
9115 grnat ave Laurel, Md.
Cscov713@gmail.com
LINK, YOUR DEFINITLY THE BEST "ROCK AND ROLL GUITAR"Ê Ê HERO IN AMERICAÊ THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN IN PUBLIC GOING BACK TO THE EARLY SIXTY'S WHEN I WAS A 13 YR.OLD J.D.Ê WITH BAGS, BANLON, AND CHUCK TAYLOR TENNIS SHOES. GREAT TIME TO BE GROWING UP IN MARYLAND.Ê LONG LIVE ROCK AN ROLL.....Ê SCOBIEAKALINKWRAYBANDÊ- Laurel, Md.Ê- SILLOPANA AUG 16, 2014 BE THER OR BE SQUARE.
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chris scovitch
laurel, Md.
CScov713@gmail.com
THE NOMINEES ARE GETTING READY TO COME AROUND FOR THE 2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME SO IF WE ARE GOING TO CAMPAIGN FOR THE "RUMBLEMAN" "LINK WRAY AND THE RAYMEN" SEND A "L O U D" MESSAGE SO THEY WILL HEAR US. SEND YOUR EMAILS AND YOUR VOTE TO THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. "SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND" LAUREL, Md. - BE WILD, NOT EVIL.........
chris scovitch
Laurel, Md.Ê USA
CScov713@gmail.com
IT'S GONNA HAPPEN...IT IS ACTUALLY GONNA HAPPEN... THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME FINALLY HEARD THE WORD, AND THIS YEAR 2014, "LINK WRAY" WILL BE ONE OF THE NOMINEES FOR GETTING INTO THE 2014 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. HE WILL BE ON THE BALLOT ALONG WITH THE "ZOMBIES" (THEY BEEN WAITING TOO!) ONCE HE DOES GET IN, HE'S NOT GOING TO ESCAPE. HE'LL BE ON THEIR NOMINEE LIST UNTIL HE"s IN. I DON'T KNOW IF THE "RAYMEN" WILL BE ON THE BALLOT, AS THE BAND BEHIND THE MAN, ("MR.GUITAR OR THE WILDMAN")AS WE KNOW HIM, (BUT THEY SHOULD BE).I WANT TO THANK THIS SITE FOR GIVING A PLATFORM TO LET PEOPLE VOICE THEMSELVES ABOUT THIS "LOCAL ICON" WHO OF US THAT REMEMBER HIM AND THAT MUSICALLY, HE WAS ADVANCED AT LEAST 10 YEARS AHEAD OF HIS TIME, IN WHERE HIS AND THE REST OF THE ROCK AND ROLLERS MUSIC WAS GOING.Ê THIS IS THE "AMERICAN WAY". SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND Laurel, Md.Ê Ê p.s. I have even offered our band to play if this event if and when it were to happen for "FREE"! and Ê to show people the sound that was being generated that made you feel good and wild all at the same time. If your gonna play rock an Roll, PLAY IT L O U D !
chris scovitch
laurel, Md.
CScov713@gmail.com
"KEEP THE FUEL BURNING". we will be doing a gig in honor of "LINK WRAY" and all the other rock and rollers who made their contribution to the sound that we enjoy. We play the songs that the radio wouldn't play. Sept.14,2013 route#1 and whiskey bottom rd. north laurel, Md. 11:30 am till?????????? picnic, horseshoe, bean bag toss, and live MUSIC provided by SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND free to all......,bring a snack or something. HAPPY LABOR DAY, LINK WRAY your the guy that makes rock and roll "alive and kickin". BE WILD NOT EVIL..........
chris scovitch
laurel, Md.
CScov713@gmail.com
LINK WRAY EVEN TODAY HAS AN INFLUENCE ABOUT TODAY'S MUSIC SCENE.EVEN THOUGH THE CONFUSED GOVERNMENT DOESEN'T KNOW WHICH WAY IS THE RIGHT WAY. WELL, FROM MY STANDPOINT, LINK WRAY IS THE RIGHT WAY, IF YOU WOULD ASK ME. WHENEVER I FEEL BLUE ABOUT THE DIRECTION OF LEADERSHIP IN THIS COUNTRY, I JUST PUT ON SOME LINK WRAY PLAYLIST ON YOUTUBE AN LET ER RIP, AND PLAY IT "LOUD " AND I DO MEAN LOUD ... I SALUTE YOU LINK WRAY AND THE RAYMEN AND YOUR LOUD ROCK AN ROLL SOUND. THE PEOPLE IN THE ROCK AN ROLL HALL OF FAME JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. YOU HAD TO EXPERIENCE "LIVE ACTION" - SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND laurel, Md. Have a sound that makes you fall down. yea!
chris scovitch
laurel,Md. USA
SOONER OR LATER LINK WRAY AND THE WRAYMEN or(RAYMEN) WILL BE NOMINATED INTO THE ROCK AN ROLL HALL OF FAME. I WATCHED SOME OF THE INDUCTEES NOMINATED THIS YEAR 2013 SUCH AS GENE VINCENTS AND THE BLUECATS ,EVEN JAMES BROWN WAS NOMINATED AMOUNG OTHER NEWER BANDS.THERE RUNNING OUT OF NAMES TO PUT IN. NO NOT REALLY, THEY JUST DON'T KNOW HOW MANY BANDS WERE PROMINENT ON THE RADIO SCENE IN THE 50'S AND 60'S. BE PAITENT RUMBLEMAN, IT'S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME. THEY THINKING ABOUT YOUR NAME "LINK WRAY AND THE RAYMEN". IT WAS AHEAD OF IT'S TIME EVEN BACK THEN - SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND LAUREL Md
chris scovitch
Laurel, Md. USA
CScov713@gmail.com
GAS PRICES MAY GO UP BUT LINK WRAY SONGS ONLY GET STRONGER, RIGHT ? SO WHY DOES THE PRICE OF GAS GO UP ? MUST BE ALOT OF GREEDY PEOPLE. IF LINK WAS HERE TODAY HE WOULD HAVE A SONG CALLED "GAS WARS" TO PROVE TO THE REST OF THE WORLD WE DON'T REALLY NEED THEIR HIGH-PRICED GAS. WERE SUPPOSE TO BE THE BIG DAWG of the MIDDLE CLASS. YEA! BE WILD NOT EVIL........SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND Laurel, Md. and we jam to JAM! an have a sound that make you fall down...........301-498-4180 FOR INFO
Dan Benbow
San Francisco
danbenbow@hotmail.com
Link was a true original, founder of the power chord and so much else. Last weekend I saw Dick Dale pay tribute with a cover of "Rumble" that shook the house.
CHRIS SCOVITCH
laurel, md. usa
cscovitch713@g-mail.com
WHEREVER YOU ARE LINK, MAY YOU HAVE A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR AND TURN THE VOLUME UP. WE HAD A HORSESHOE TORNAMENT/GIG IN YOUR MENTION UP IN MARIOTTSVILLE, MD. AT DOGWOOD ACRES AN IT WAS "OFF THE HOOK". EVERYBODY HAD A GOOD TIME.>br> P.S. JAN. 15 IS "YOUR DAY" LINK
CHRIS SCOVITCH
LAUREL MD
cscovitch713@g-mail.com
trivia quiz: what bar did Link like to play down in SE on the Wash. D.C. line? in the 60's
cscovitch713@gmail.com
If you guessed "Vinnies" you're right!
CHRIS SCOVITCH
9115 grant ave, Laurel, Md. USA
cscovitch713@gmail.com
I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP LINK WRAY'S MUSIC ALIVE. IT JUST GOT THAT HOT, JUICY, SOUND AT A HIGH VOLUME THAT REALLY DOES SEND COLD CHILLS DOWN YOUR BACK SPINE AND ALL AROUND YOUR NECK AND HEAD. THAT'S THE "SOUND OF ROCK AN ROLL" IN YOUR SOUL. LINK HAD SHARED SOME OF THAT SOUND WITH A GOOD FRIEND, VERNON TAYLOR, (NOW LIVES IN HAGERSTOWN, MD.) ANOTHER ROCK AN ROLL PIONEER THAT WAS ON THE SCENE, WITH THE SAME OUTLOOK ON THE MUSIC. IT DIDN'T REALLY MATTER ABOUT FAME, JUST AS LONG AS THEY COULD GET THEIR MUSIC OUT IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE, AND THAT WAS GRATIFYING ENOUGH. THE BEST UPLIFTING FEELING YOU COULD EVER HAVE. THAT'S WHY WE ARE GONNA TO KEEP LINK'S MUSIC GOING AMONG OTHER ROCK AN ROLL TUNES. OUR SUMMER GIGS FOR 2012 ARE IN THE WORKS. AIN'T THAT LOVING YA BABY ! - NUFFSAID - SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND LAUREL
chris scovitch
9115 grant ave Laurel, Md. USA
cscovitch713@gmail.com
I WONDER IF ANYBODY OUT THERE KNOWS WHAT THE BIKERS NATIONAL ANTHEM IS ? IF YOU SAID "RUMBLE" YOUR RIGHT!! LONG LIVE "THE RUMBLEMAN" - SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND. LAUREL, MD.
chris scovitch
9115 grant ave Laurel, Md. USA
cscovitch713@gmail.com
Even if LINK WRAY doesn't get into the rock and roll hall of fame ,he should be presented with a presentation of a "Lifetime Achievement Award" for The Unsung Hero of the music industry for exploring and promoting the success of how his and everybody elses music sound progress from country-western-swing, to rockabilly, to rock and roll and beyond and made it work. This guy gave his heart and soul into this sound of his music and never complained. He knew in advance (even if he didn't show it) that this was his calling. But you could tell by the confident smile on his face when he was performing in front of an audience. He was on another level. I seen it even when I was using fake ID's, sneaking into the Md./ D.C. club bars and taverns just so I could catch his show. It was something to see. This is why our band takes time out to do a small salute to the GODFATHER OF THE POWERCHORDS just so people can see how far advanced he was, even in the late 50's an d early 60's of where his music was going. But you had to see it to feel it SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND Laurel, Md. WHEN YOU PLAY HIS MUSIC "PLAY IT LOUD". THANKS LINK
Forrest Trenholm
Mass, United States
ftrenholm@comcast.net
Every once in awhile I'll go back to listening to Link and will always get that same shiver I got initially. Exciting, thrilling, sexy, was Mr Link Wray...and the coolest cat ever.
chris scovitch
Laurel, Md.
CScovitch713@gmai
HOW COME THEY DON'T HAVE A TRIBUTE TO LINK WRAY BAND ON THE OLDIES PROGRAM ON PBS TELEVISION? ARE THEY WORRIED IT MAY CHANGE THE FLAVOR OF THE PROGRAM. MMMMM. BE WILD NOT EVIL
chris scovitch
Laurel, md.
CScovitch713@g-mail.com
Link_comment = WELL....... LINK'S BIRTHDAY COMING UP AGAIN JAN. 15, 2012 DUE TO THE ECONOMY IN THIS COUNTRY PEOPLE ARE NOT IN THE MOOD TO CELEBRATE OUTSIDE OF TURNING UP THE RADIO AND SMOKING CIGARETTES, LET ALONE REMEMBERING ROCK AND ROLL HISTORY ICONS LIKE "LINK WRAY" OR "GENE VINCENT" SO TO CELEBRATE ON LINK'S BIRTHDAY EVERYBODY GO TO "YOU TUBE" AND PUT LINK WRAY ON THE JUKEBOX PLAYLIST ALL DAY AND NIGHT. THIS IS ONE WAY OF REMEMBERING THE "RUMBLEMAN" AND PLAY IT LOUD !!! AND I DO MEAN ... P L A Y IT L O U D - SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY BAND LAUREL, MD. CSCOVITCH713@G-MAIL.CO MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
chris scovitch
Laurel, Md.
Llobodelray@gmail.com
Just to remind all the readers. Check out LINK WRAY performance of "RUMBLE" on the CONAN O'BRIAN SHOW 1998. He's got that HOT JUICY SOUND ! that all musicians thirst for when your playing in front of a crowd. There not a better feeling like it (except for?????) "SCOBIE"AKA LINKWRAY BAND LAUREL, MD - CScovitch713@gmai

Richard Carpenter
Havelock, Ontario, Canada
rc4519@bell.net
Link_comment = I found Link Wray when I used to listen to my "Transistor radio" late at night.That was back in the early 60,s, when we could pull in radio stations from the USA like Wowo in Fort Wayne ,Indiana, WKBW in Buffalo, New York and some radio stations as far south as the Virginias. WKBW used to play all the unknowns back then like Link Wray , and Buffalo Springfield.Fond memories of a simpler time.
Art Wray
Alexandria Va. U.S.A.
Llobodelray@gmail.com
Rumble, 1958! Everything we love that's loud begins here! He was truly "wild but not evil". I miss him.
james murphy jnr
england
randyfatthumb@hotmail.com
i caught the midnight lover jam on the bbc, watched about a hundred times in one week, the mans got the most intresting voice i've ever heard, pure music d.n.a. link wray
chris (scobie) scovitch
laurel. Md. U.S.A.
CScovitvh713@g-mail
Jan 15. 2011 is comming up and the maryland area wants to know where the LINK WRAY event is going to be held. Hell, there's nothing else going on in our lives. Bands familiar with LINK WRAY'S music would be a great salute in honoring the 'GODFATHER OF THE POWER CHORDS". The venue would be at the Phelps center (old Laurel high school) montgomery st. Laurel, Md. If interested contact chris scobie scovitch at 301-498-4180>
P.S. what do you think Raymen
chris scovitch
LAUREL, MD
CSCOVITCH713@VERISION.COM
DON'T FORGET ... JAN 15, 2011 PLAY LINK WRAY REAL LOUD SO HE CAN HEAR YOU. I KNOW I WILL. HEARS TO YOU "RUMBLEMAN". MAY YOU PLAY AS LONG AS YOU WANT, AND WANT AS LONG AS YOU WANT TO PLAY! SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY ROCK AND ROLL BLUES
Jim Gallagher
Raleigh, NC, USA
jmgallagher5@gmail.com
I was fortunate to see Link Wray play at the Cat's Cradle in Chapel Hill in the late 90's. When he came on I couldn't believe it was him. I had to ask a friend three times "that's him?!". His talent and ability were not lost in his old age. I had a lot to drink that night and started to get obnoxious. (It was excitement, I swear). Anyhow, Link kept playing and i didn't get thrown out until the end of the show. I would like to apologize to the Wray family and his associates for my behavior that night. I'll never see a better show.
GEOFF NEWMAN
ABERDARE, S. WALES, U.K.
cwninv@btinternet.com
Seen Link on BBC 'Guitar Hero's' - the track 'MIDNIGHT LOVER' blew me away. I came from the album 'STUCK IN GEAR' - anyone know how I can get this album/c.d. please. God bless the man - please contact a.s.a.p
Ana
Lisbon, Portugal
Love his music!! Unfortunately never got to see him live ... still listen to his great music though.

Delft, Netherlands
bietelnapoleon@gmail.com
I had the privilege and honour to play bass with Link, touring and recording (his last three albums). Link became a good friend to me and to drummer Rob Louwers, and we became more than just a band - it was a gang, more like! These memories will be with me forever, and I'm proud having been so close to (or maybe even part of) how Link Wray was conjuring up the true spirit of rock'n'roll. May he be at peace now, united with his Jesus God the way he believed, and remembered by everyone who plugs in an electric guitar to make some noise that's WILD, not evil... I learned a lot from you, Link. Thanks.
chris (scobie) scovitch
laurel, Md.
Escov617@gmail.com
THIS IS FOR THE EXISITING LINK WRAY's "WRAYMEN" BAND MEMBERS APRIL 1,-4 2010 ORLEANS HOTEL LAS VEGAS, NEVADA "ROCKABILLY WEEKEND" THIS VENUE IS ASKING FOR YOU. HERE'S A SHOT TO PROMOTE LINK WRAY INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND ALSO THE BAND TO AT THE LEAST GET AN HONORABLE MENTION IF NOT REVAMP LINK WRAY'S MUSIC. ADRESS AS FOLLOWS: ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO 4500 WEST TROPICANA AVE. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89103 PH:1-800-3267. SCOBIE, LAUREL MD. 301-498-4180
Eric Moore
Cleveland, OH USA
Linductlinkwray@yahoo.com
Link Wray was an unparalleled innovator of the rock and roll guitar. His music is among the most timeless of all I am aware of. I had the good fortune to see him perform live and I can't think of many other performers who delighted as much in people enjoying their music as Link did his. He brought us power chords, distortion, and reverb. His music has yet to be successfully defined that's how innovative he truly was. Just pure rock and roll. Think Link!
chris (scobie) scovitch
laurel, Md.
Escov617@gmail.com
THIS IS FOR THE EXISITING LINK WRAY's "WRAYMEN" BAND MEMBERS APRIL 1,-4 2010 ORLEANS HOTEL LAS VEGAS, NEVADA "ROCKABILLY WEEKEND" THIS VENUE IS ASKING FOR YOU. HERE'S A SHOT TO PROMOTE LINK WRAY INTO THE HALL OF FAME AND ALSO THE BAND TO AT THE LEAST GET AN HONORABLE MENTION IF NOT REVAMP LINK WRAY'S MUSIC. ADRESS AS FOLLOWS: ORLEANS HOTEL AND CASINO 4500 WEST TROPICANA AVE. LAS VEGAS, NEVADA 89103 PH:1-800-3267. SCOBIE, LAUREL MD. 301-498-4180
Tina Hansen
Goode, VA, USA
whispersofthepast@gmail.com
In a word...AWESOME!
Jack Doyle
Metro D.C. area
jackdoyle47@gmail.com
I'm trying to find more specific details -- dates, names, locations, etc -- about which radio stations actually banned or refused to play Link Wray's song, "Rumble" in 1958/1959 ... I see the same phrase repeated all over the web that "several stations banned the song" -- but no specifics ... I'd be grateful if anyone out there has more specifics -- dates and station names in particular -- or can cite other sources that have those details ... Thanks. - jack doyle
chris (scobie) scovitch 301-498-4180
Laurel, Md. U.S.A.
scobie713@g-mail.com
Have a power trio in the baltimore-washington area and I want to keep Link Wray's music alive. During our gigs we do a tribute, about half dozen songs. I grew up in the area and heard that raw, hot and juicy sound at some of the clubs in the early's 60's. Was always too young to get into the clubs until the late 60's but we used to hang out with the Berwyn Heights and college park people and we used to ride down to the clubs at the Md./D.C. line and we would sit in the cars drinking sodas and smoking cigarettes while listening to Link and the Raymen. In fact, the one time I seen him he was experimenting with a wireless system and he came out the door of the club, (I think it was Benny's Rebel Room) and was jammin on the sidewalk, coolest thing ever. I enjoy playing his music and will till I leave this place. If your gonna play Rock an Roll play it LOUD!
P.S. Be Wild , Not Evil ....
Albuquerque, NM
stephenye@yahoo.com
I wanted to pay homage to this site. I was searching for information about my father, back when he played with Link in D.C. and found a post by a woman who gave birth to his daughter in 1962. Wow, I have a sister that I never knew about. My father is Chuck Avery aka Chuck Bennett and unfortunately, he passed away today. His new found daughter did finally get to meet him before he did. It was a beautiful thing! If anyone out there knew him or has any stories they'd like to share...please contact me. I miss him. The more stories I hear...the better! Thanks to this site for connecting lost and unkown siblings. I suspect it's possible there are more of us. Stranger things have happened!
chris (SCOBIE) scovitch
cscobie713@g-mail.com
Laurel, Md U.S.A.
I play Link Wray style on the guitar among other. Have a Power Trio for hire. Play outdoor events, picnics, horseshoe tornaments and private shows for the rich and crusty if interested contact SCOBIE 301-498-4180.
Dru Arnaldo de Nicola Macchione
S. Paulo - SP - Brazil
drumacchione@hotmail.com
He put a spell on you, with his hands, you know hands can transmit before what gonna be feelings, emotions, and mainly in the music forms, that take the rumble man, paladine, guitar at the right hands. Mighty Link Wray. The Best. We recognize!
Jerry
Maryland
homegym4u@hotmail.com
I went to see Link at the Pier Ballroom in Ocean City, MD, around 1961. I stood dead center right against the stage. Link came strutting out, with a very long cord on his guitar. When he got center stage, right in front of me, he snapped the cord like a whip with his right hand, and the cord flew and hit me across the face. His sound hit me the same way!
Dr. Shirley Rowland
Sacramento, California
I grew up in Washington D.C. My first introduction to live music was the Link Wray Band. I dated Chuck Bennett in 1962 and gave birth to his daughter on Dec. 16th 1962. I have always been a fan of Link's Band and lost track of him after I moved to California. I was a close friend of Shorty's and stayed with him for a short time when I was pregnant. I would like to say hello to Kitty, I remember when little Link was born. It has been a lot of years but I still have fond memories of the Band, the members of the band and the friends I had at Vinnies. I am now happy to say life has been good to me. I have two daughters, two grand daugthers and two great grand sons. If any one remembers me I would like to hear from you. If Chuck Bennett is still with us I would like to hear from him also. Blessings to: Link's family and friends.
Bill Tatum
Otto, North Carolina
ottoman1953@yahoo.com
I was playing bass for a local rock group out of Mechanicsville, Maryland in the summer of 1971 when I had the pleasure of meeting Link Wray. As it turned out, he was an old friend of my lead guitarist's (Donny Maloy) father, Vince Maloy. Vince introduced us and shortly after that I was invited to do a gig with Link, backing him up on his new album in Waldorf, where we played tunes like "Juke Box Mama", "Fire and Brimstone", etc.,not to mention his famed "Jack the Ripper", "Rawhide", "Rumble" just to name a few that we cranked out that night; We could have cut an entire live album! Unfortunately, I never saw him after that night, but meeting him and playing music with him was eternally priceless!! I'm forever grateful to Vince for introducing us; I can even remember talking with Link about his new album, which I thought was an unusual style for him when I asked him: "What do you call this new style of music?" He replied: "EARTH". If there's a photo of that night floating around anywhere, I'd sure LOVE a copy of it!! Thank you for touching my life, Link-Rest in peace, my friend. - Bill Tatum
John Henderson
Northern Nevada
frfleming@aol.com
Link Wray's music sounds better to me year after year, especially since there are so many artists that I have lost interest in as my musical tastes changed over the last 30 years. However, In the case of Link Wray, my interest and listening enjoyment only grows. I have, thanks to Link Wray, great appreciation for the history that Link created. My history with Link begins by accident (or fate!) at the Winterland arena back in 1975 or 1976. Link was not the headliner act or who we went to see. I think it might have been Joe Walsh, but I can't be sure because Link's performance was so great that he was the only artist I remember from that night and the only performance that matters now. He blew me away with that great sound & presence. I can' t describe the feeling I got at the show, but I don't have to describe it to those of you who saw him live. I have been responsible for creating many Link Wray fans who liked his sound even though they didn' t get "the ultimate experience" by seeing Link Wray on stage. I hadn't heard of Link Wray until that show. I remember seeing his name on the marquee as we were going in. I asked a friend if he had heard of Link Wray. He said: "He's some guy from the fifties". I am deeply gratified that I was able to see this show & be part of this great history in some small way. If anyone can provide me with more information about this show, please contact me. After this show I looked feverishly for more Link Wray records, but had little luck in the late 70's. It's great now that his recordings are available. I waited 30 years to hear some of these and they were worth the wait. Only last week, (Aug 2007) I listened to the Bullshot album for the first time. It's great also that more information about Link's history & family are now available. This "guy from the fifties" has left quite a legacy indeed!
Lou Czarnota
Lake Forest CA. U.S.
turbolou@cox.net
One of the great masters that I enjoyed listening to as a kid. God bless. Regards Lou
Butch Gmyr
San Diego CA
pleximarz@hotmail.com
I grew up in Falls Church VA in the 50's and early 60's. Listened to all the early rock and roll greats on the radio while riding with my mom and dad in the 56 Oldsmobile, and you probably remember your folks back then saying this music is trash, they all liked the big bands etc. Every one of the early greats really did have their own sound like Elvis and Little Richard but they were all kinda in the direction of the way the music grain was going at the time; Along came Link Wray and he knocked my socks off because he was against the grain. The guitar tone was way different and it got right into my gut. This was music I could really relate to. I was in a band called the Penetrators and we did alot of Links music. As a result we got alot of gigs even playing for radio disc jockeys like Bob Raleigh and Harv Moore of WPGC in the Washington D.C. listeneing area. Links music will always be with me and I thank Hollywood for incorporating his tunes into their flicks like Desperado with Jack the Ripper, my personal favorite. I believe that Link is with Our Lord and I look forward to spending eternity with the man.

Charlotte Wray
LOUDOUN COUNTY VA, USA
nygiantsgirl_truefan@yahoo.com
TO ALL THE FANS OF LINK WRAY I HAVE TO SAY I AM HIS NUMBER ONE FAN. WHY YOU ASK, BECAUSE I AM HIS DAUGHTER CHARLOTTE WRAY. MY DAD WAS AWSOME AND STILL IS. HE WAS FUNNY AND SO VERY LOVING. I BET IN HIS LIFE PEOPLE WOULD SAY 'THERE IS JUST SOMETHING ABOUT YOU' HOW DO I KNOW BECAUSE I HEAR THAT ALL THE TIME. I PLAY THE PIANO AND JUST RECORDED MY FIRST DEMO. HE INSPIRES ME IN SO MANY WAYS. I HAVE READ ALOT THAT HE HAS TOUCHED SO MANY LIVES ALONG THE WAY AND THAT IS HOW HE GOT STARTED. THERE IS ALOT OF TALK ABOUT HIS WIFE AND HIS SON AND HOW MY DAD DIED. MY FATHER LOVED ELVIS AND SO MANY PEOPLE WONDER IS ELVIS ALIVE WHERE IS HE ... PEOPLE SAY THEY HAVE SEEN HIM. ITS FUNNY BECAUSE NO ONE REALLY KNOWS WHAT HAPPEN BUT GOD DOES. AND THAT IS WHAT I GO ON AND THAT IS WHERE MY FAITH IS. GOD KNOWS ALL AND SEE'S ALL. MY DAD IS LIKE A ELVIS IN A WAY. SO MANY WONDER IF HE REALLY IS ALIVE OR NOT AND WHAT REALLY HAPPEN. I LOVE YOU AND I ALWAYS WILL. CHARLOTTE WRAY
SANDY
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA
SDGCPA@COMCAST.NET
BELINDA,NOW I KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY. SANDY
Toni Alcaine
Teruel
tonialcaine@terra.es
La guitarra de link ha dejado de sonar pero el eco de sus cuerdas perdurara por los siglos de los sigos. Adios Link.
LOUIS112
ATHENS, GREECE
LOUISSOT@IN.GR
Realy wild full of magic scratching guitar playing, i never forget as long as i live. Rumble, Hidden Charms, Run Chicken Run ... THANK YOU LINK
BeBop352
Paris, France
bebop352@gmail.com
http://bebop352.zumablog.com/
Link_comment = Je l'ai rencontré deux fois à paris, alors qu'il était avec Robert Gordon. La première lors d'une tournée de promo de "Fresh Fish Special" et la seconde lors d'une série d'interview qu'ils donnèrent à travers l'Europe au printemps 79. LW, sur scène, maîtrisait complètement le larsen et autres feed-back. C'était un expert, un orfèvre en la matière. Et je suis convaincu que le "Voodoo Child" devait connaître par coeur "Rumble". Dans la vie, c'était quelqu'un de "sincère, loyal et droit". Link, c'est le "chaînon" en français. Et plus le temps passe, plus on saît qu'il y a vraiment un "Missin Link".
Keith Lentin
New York City, New York, USA
keithlentin@earthlink.net
I was Link's Bass player on many gigs in and around New York from 1979 till the mid eighties. We also did several tours together around that time, some studio recordings and the "Live in 85" album.
He was totally inspired and inspiring. All the musicians who ever worked with him feel the same way. Link has that extra special something. Expect the un-expected and it was guaranteed to happen with him. Many amazing gigs - one that comes to mind was Johnny Winter jamming with us (Link, Anton Fig and me) at the old Lone Star Cafe on 13th Street in about 1979. Johnny stayed on stage for the entire gig. Him and Link had a blast. I have some joyous photos of the gig somewhere. I was so over stimulated by the experience that I couldn't sleep for a week. Both Anton and I felt that we were a part of something very special. He took you to supernatural highs. He would demand it on stage. What a priviledge. He was 57 when I first played with him, and I had a very warm reunion with him and Olive backstage at "Tramps" about 5 years ago. Jon Paris called to tell me the news of Link's passing. We all miss him tremendously - but he lives on in our hearts and the recordings. Love You Forever Link, Keith.
MvdP
Utrecht Netherlands
I saw link for the first time in Rotterdam together with Robert Gordon. The hall was packed with punkrockers (including me), I know the music of Link and was glad to seem finally live. Whem he hits the stage most off punkrockers started laughing and made jokes about that "grandad" on stage. But after a few chords the laughter and jokes disappeared, in the middle off the concert he played some off his songs without Robert Gordon. The hall went wild and he won them all over, it's still one off the most memorable concerts I've seen. I've seem him several times more when he played in the Netherlands and its was always a joy to watch and hear him play. Link thanks for the great music and good times.
ATOMIC BEN
DECAZEVILLE-FRANCE
diaboloben@wanadoo.fr
I SAW LINK AT THE "BIKINI" IN TOULOUSE IN THE NINETIES WITH BACKLINE FRENCH BAND "LES SOUCOUPES VIOLENTES" AND FRENCH GUITARIST VINCENT PALMER...IT WAS AN AMAZING SHOW WITH GUITAR CHORUS I WILL NEVER FORGET...I OFTEN PLAY "JACK THE RIPPER" "COMANCHE" OR "RUMBLE" WITH MY BAND "LES GARCONS FACILES" AND FOR ME LINK WRAY IS THE FIRST AND THE ONLY ROCK GUITAR HERO...HE WAS NOT A F*CKIN' LYER !!! THANK YOU ! AS R.G SAYS "LINK WRAY, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN"... I MISS YOU LINK! Ben
Joe D
javajo100@aol.com
Link was a true inspiration for me. Growing up in the late 50's and early 60's I had picked up a guitar and just tried to learn any song I could as I fell in love with this fabulous instrument. Then one day I heard "Rumble" and was overwhelmed, mesmorized, and just plain knoced out by this sound I had never heard before. After hearing Link play Rumble it changed my life as a 13 or 1 4 y.o. boy. I began going to my local record shop trying to get the owner to get me anything by this amazing guitarist.
To this day my playing still reflects that early and lasting influence Link had on me. The last time I saw link had to be about a year ago or maybe a little more at The Turning Point in New York. It was a small intimate setting and I brought my 17 y.o. son with me to hear this true legend. Although I don't think my son got it I explained to him how Link truly was "the guy" to change the sound and how guitar wound up being played today and the influence it had on me.
I told my son to go back and listen to as much music from the late 50's early 60's as he could find and listen to it for a week and then play some of my Link 45's and LP's and then he would understand what was going on.
I was deeply sadden by his passing as Im sure many friends, fans and of coarse his family was but I was glad to see him that one last time. My only beef is with the "A**HOLE Rock n Roll Hall Of Shame" How could this pioneer be left off the ballot year after year when he truly did change the way you play guitar, yet you have these other idiot bands, artists, whatever who have ZERO business being in there. I hope there is some way I can get a petition started to have Link in there and let the masses know of his contribution and importance to the history of music. Again to all of Links extended family peace be with everyone. Im proud to have met him. -Joe
Tom
Davidsonville, MD
luminello.tom@epa.gov
I really enjoyed the Tribute concert Joe Lee put together at El Bacqueron in January. Seeing the Wrayman with Link's Grandson playing playing "Rumble" was fantastic. I enjoyed every minute of it, the reunited bands and those that got together just the night before. I sang along with the Wray family to "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" and stayed till the last note faded from Eddie Angel's guitar. On my way out I went and introduced myself to Rhonda and gave her $35 for that black Link Wray T shirt that most of the family was wearing. I hope to get my shirt soon. Tom, 703 308-8075
On Saturday, March 25, 2006, First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) will present the 14th Annual First Americans in the Arts Awards Presentation honoring Native American Indians for their outstanding performances in motions pictures, primetime television, theatre and music in 2005. The event will include a silent auction, reception and dinner along with the awards show, held at the Beverly Hilton, located at 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. The event will begin at 6:00pm with a reception and silent auction featuring American Indian art and jewelry.
            A Lifetime Achievement Award will go to guitar pioneer Link Wray, inventor of the "fuzztone" who influenced musical styles from punk rock, grunge, heavy metal to rockabilly and rock & roll.
            Founded in 1991, First Americans in the Arts (FAITA) is a nonprofit trust created to recognize, honor and promote American Indian participation in the entertainment industry. Scholarships are also given out to students pursuing careers in film, television and theatre. For more information or to receive an invitation, please call (310) 270-5388 or write to us at www.firstamericans.org.
Josh
Portland, OR
pottygob@gmail.com
Here I am idolizing the man and trying to learn his chords and I didn't even know he passed away. It's a damn shame that I'll never get to see him play.
Rick Gould
Oceanside, CA USA
icphoto@pacbell.net
I thought I was never going to get to meet Link. I had tried unsuccessfully to see him at different times over the years but in every case, something interfered and I missed the gigs. Every time he came through...something came up and I would miss him. This time when he came back to the US to tour, I was determined to get to see him and hopefully photograph him.
             I sent emails and made phone calls but never heard back from anybody. The show closest to me in San Diego happened and I had another job that day and was unable to make it. I tried to make it to the Hootenanny in Orange County and was again frustrated trying to reach the promoter or anyone in Link's camp. I saw that the last U.S. show was in Burbank, CA and I had a shoot up in San Rafael with Carlos Santana the day before. I decided that if I was ever going to photograph Link I would just have to do it the old fashioned way, like the fan that I am...waiting by the backstage gate until someone showed up. I changed my flight and flew into Burbank instead of San Diego so I could make the show.
             I got to the gig many hours before it was to start and chatted with the stagehands as they set up the gear. Then they kicked me out of the backstage area and I had to wait at the gate until somebody arrived that could help me. I waited for HOURS and then finally after enduring sets by the Nelsons and a couple other bands, it was almost time for Link to go on. In desperation, I asked if I could speak to ANYBODY from Link's group and I was introduced to a very nice chap named Alexander who was playing bass for Link. He escorted me backstage and told me that he would make sure that I met Link after the show.
             I got their permission to photograph the show and did so. Link was very cool and despite some annoying feedback prompted by a boost pedal and a microphonic cable hanging in front of his amp, it was quite a ride. The guy could really rock!!! The Marshall he was playing had to be on 9 or 10 because it was deafening and didn't seem to bother Link a bit (I found out later he was rather deaf).
             After the show, I went backstage and waited to meet Link. I was sure it wasn't going to happen, but I had made it THIS FAR and I was going to wait until I had my chance to shake his hand. Finally, they were clearing everyone out and I asked one last time if Alexander could facilitate a quick hello and he stuck his nose in the trailer and waived to me to come on in. Link was sitting there with a drummer friend of his and with Olive and they were talking old times. I was welcomed into the small trailer as though I was family and all the comments people had made to me about Link's wife very quickly vanished as I found her to be very polite and very helpful.
             I met Link and he started talking to me about everything from Dick Clark to Muddy Waters. We talked guitars and such and just when I was really starting to enjoy the conversation, we were told that we had to leave. All of us...Link and Olive, as well. I guess there was a curfew or something. I took a shot in the dark and told Olive and Link that I would really like to have a few minutes to do a private photo session with Link if he would consent. To my surprise, they were both VERY enthusiastic and asked me to call them at the hotel the next morning. They were leaving on July 18th to return to Denmark and the 17th was their last day in the U.S. I jumped at the opportunity.
             Next morning, I got Olive on the phone and she set up a time with me to meet at the hotel...4pm sharp. I drove up from San Diego (about a three hour drive) and arrived at the hotel with my equipment in tow. After quickly looking for a place to use for the shoot, I called up to the room and found nobody there. I called again...and again...and again...and finally after an hour I went up to the room. Nobody there. I sat in the lobby, frustrated, thinking that if it were Jon Bon Jovi or someone else I was waiting for I would have probably left, but this was Link Wray! I sat there for almost two hours when all of a sudden, Link and Olive came walking out of the restaurant. Olive looked genuinely surprised to see me but when Link realized I had been waiting two hours he apologized. Olive then began to say that Link was tired and we probably shouldn't do the shoot. Link immediately blurted out, "No, I'll do it Olive....I want to do it." She turned to him and said, "Are you sure? You said you were tired." Link turns to me with a smile and says, "No, I want to do it...let's do it!" So I asked what they'd like to do and they said they wanted me to do the shoot in the hotel room. Oh boy, I thought...generic hotel furniture as a background...but I took what I could get.
             We went up to their room and for the next two hours or so I had what must have been one of the most rewarding shoots I had had in a long time. I was shooting digitally, tethered to a laptop and the photos popped up as I took the pictures. Link had obviously never seen anything like this and he was just going nuts! "Olive...wow...Olive, oh my God, look at this...oh...these photos are fantastic....Olive come look at these...man, this guy is great!" He was hard of hearing so he couldn't hear that Olive was responding to me about the photos and he just continued to yell and be excited. The more I shot, the more animated he became.
             He asked me if Muddy Waters was still alive and that was the first inkling I had that he was kinda out-of-touch being gone so long from the U.S. I told him that Muddy had died in 1997...eight years ago. He seemed sad about that. He told me stories so many stories I wish I could remember them all. He asked me to say hello to Billy Gibbons and Carlos Santana and a few other notable guitar players next time I encounted them. Olive asked me to take a few pictures of the two of them, which I did, and then I did something I usually never do. I let Olive take a few pictures of me with Link. She said she used to take a lot of pictures and she seemed to know her way around a camera, so I let her do it. Link was all smiles. She took shots of me reaching around Link and playing his Stratocaster while he smiled. They are goofy shots, but they are great memories.
             I left my copy of Vintage Guitar Magazine with Link to read on the plane going home. It was the cover with Brian Setzer and he said that he loved his playing. He said he wanted to work with me for his next CD and said that he'd like to use some of the photos I had taken that day because he hadn't had any really good photos taken in a long time. He and Olive went through and approved all their favorites and gave me their home number to keep in touch. I've tried many times to reach them since then, but the phone just rings. My last memory was seeing Link sitting in the armchair in the corner of the room reading that guitar magazine.
             As it turns out, that was the last photo session Link ever did and maybe the last photographs taken of him period. In retrospect, I am really glad I persevered this particular time and did what I had to do in order to spend the time with Link. If it were just about anyone else, I would have left when they pulled a no-show, but as it turned out...it was a great day and a great memory for me.
             A few years ago I was asked by his publicist if I wanted to shoot Stevie Ray Vaughn at a gig in Alpine Valley, WI and I turned it down since the travel expenses were a bit prohibitive. Besides, I knew he'd be back next year. I didn't go to that show and it ended up being Stevie's last gig. I could have repeated the mistake with Link and I am glad that this was one gig that I didn't miss.
             He was one of a kind and for all the rough and tumble things that are said about his music, I can tell you first hand that "the man" was a real gentleman. It was a privilege to meet him and be the last to take his photograph. I told him that as I left and he seemed to take the compliment with true humility.
Rest in Peace, Link... Rick Gould
p.s. Thanks Olive...and may God comfort you and Oliver during this time.
Beth Wray Webb
Carrollton, VA USA
linkwrays1stdaughter@yahoo.com
I would like to thank everyone on behalf of my brothers and sisters for there condollance, respect,and love that you have shown for our father. Daddy may you now rest in peace. I love you always.
Love Always,
Your Oldest and First Born Daughter
Beth
terri willett
slyvester ga, worth
I was born in md, my mother and ethol wray aka is kitty. I lived and babysat her kids and new beth and her brother. We all lived at kenaback apartments there and till now we are all still best friends grew up together I got a picture of Link with my baby brother. Now the cool part my mother was the jack the ripper girl for link at the wigwam Kathy. Link will be remembered always and may his music live on through all of us he was a great guitarist I got albums he gave my mommy. He now playing for God. Sincerely. Terri Willett and the rippergirl.
Bill Houston
Lakewood, CO USA
billtherake@hotmail.com
I'm 42 years old and first really heard about Link Wray from an interview with one of the Young brothers from AC/DC in the 80's. I saw Link perform live in Denver, Colorado 1997-98 at the Bluebird Theatre with an older gal who bought me a ticket. I thought I was seeing a Jimi Hendrix re-enactment. I was stunned that for an old geezer he could play so well and was very theatrical. A soundman from Denver also worked on a Robert Gordon/Link Wray Tour but he didn't appreciate him nor persuade me to not appreciate him. I moved to Los Angeles in 1998 and there was a bar by the Van Nuys Airport that had a Link Wray double set from Norton on the jukebox. Somedays I would play the whole cd. No one ever complained. Since then I've found myself back in Denver and was re-recording bass guitar for a Link Wray type instrumental of a song we called "Drain Pipe" from back in 1993. The day we learned Link Wray was buried was the day we re-recorded the guitar tracks by my friend Mike "Machine Gun" Elkerton and he re-named the track from "Drain Pipe" to "Motorcycle Death Club" that day not knowing Link Wray was being buried. Since then I consider my guardian angel to be Link Wray. God Bless him and his family.
Eileen McGowan
Aptos, CA
Eiforget@aol.com
I used to babysit for Link and his wife, Sharon when they lived across the street from an Aunt in Belmont, CA. His daughter, Rhonda was about 5 years old and the cutest thing ever. She would belt out his songs for us (Step this way, give me your love, give me your love darlin'...!) and seemed to share his passion for music. He took me and a cousin with him to a concert he gave at Winterland and we listened backstage until the last set, at which time we went onstage and danced behind him, and he let us! It was one of the greatest moments of my life. He was, without question, one of the kindest people I have ever met. He was a great man and I am sad to find out, only this evening, that he passed last year. I'll never forget him.
FLAVIO CASANOVA
LA PLATA, BS. AS. ARGENTINA
laviocasanova@yahoo.com.ar
I'M A LINK WRAY & ROBERT GORDON FAN SINCE 1978. I PLAY ROCKABILLY MUSIC IN MY COUNTRY SINCE 1983 (vocals and guitar). I START MY SHOWS WITH RAWHIDE OR TURNPIKE U.S.A. LINK WRAY NEVER DIE ... REST IN PEACE ... www.historiadelcrimen.8k.com - www.fotolog.com/f99
Bernie Kester
New Jersey USA
beaglek@mybluelight.com
I have been of fan of Link Wray from the first moment I heard the song Rumble. I have had the pleasure of seeing Link 3 times, in the 60's at a dance at Wilkes College where Link jumped onstage in a Batman costume and performed his hit "Batman" which is still the best version of that song, it was truly an exciting moment in my life. I saw Link in the late 90's in New Jersey on a cold rainy night at Club Bene' and took my copy of his original album that was released on Epic Records. After the show was over, Link was very gracious and came out and signed autographs. When I handed him the album, he said "Whoa, haven't seen that in a while" and proceeded to sign it for me, what a treasure it is!!
Finally, I saw Link in May of 2005 and took a friend of mine from work. I don't know how he was able to take the stage and put on the most phenominal performance I have ever seen, but I know that my friend could not believe his eyes. I will truly miss Link and his music, he has always been a part of my musical life. Bernie
Rick
Fernley, NV. USA
rickj6568@sbcglobal.net
Link, The 'sock hops', Glen Echo, the downtown bars and all of the other places you, your brothers, and our mutual friends played, danced and partied our brains out still rock my soul. You do live forever in my heart.
Johnny Sneed, if you read this, email me back my friend. Its been way too long since junior high school. I will not forget. Rick
Torch
Sin City Nevada USA
torch@vegasrockabilly.com
Hey all the link above for the video has been changed. Sorry for the inconvenience. Just clik on 'Media' and at the top of the page is the video. Thanks ... Torch - http://www.vegasrockabilly.com
Brian Young / The Sabrejets
Belfast, N.I relandbr> sabre.jet@ntlworld.com
Nobody EVER played guitar quite like Link Wray - he tore up the rule book and wrote his own - a true guitar hero in the purest sense. Heck - down the years I've started bands with guys simply because they dug the Linkster - always a sure sign of good taste! My current combo The Sabrejets (Belfast's greaser kings)always sneak at least one Link instro into every set since we kicked off over a decade back - and we always will. The Rumble man rocks on! Brian Young. (The Sabrejets) Belfast.
gert andersson
stockholm-sweden
groundhogs@passagen.se
link wray is a music paradox!! link wray isnt only "the man of rumble" and twangin guitar, oh no far from it. he is one of those guitar players who played with real sensitive and soft feeling too. i have so much to say about this man. that if i start i wont stop, so i just say, link wray you are one of the greatest ever and i know you play rock'n'roll up there now!. long may you run. rip.
Mark Hawkins
San Francisco, CA, USA
lonewolfe59@yahoo.com
Wow, I can't imagine a world without Link. Fortunately for us all, Link's legacy will forever live through his music. I first heard Link's music when I was in the 6th grade. My father worked in the entertainment business and would get piles of promo records from time to time. I discovered Link's first homemade album that he recorded in a shack with an old 8 track machine. It was like magic this album. I was a music student at the time in Chattanooga, Tn. We had an assignment to bring in a recorded song, play it before the class and then talk about what the song meant to us. Well, I chose a song called "Crowbar". It's an awesome song. Well, I never got to explain what the song meant to me. I thought my teacher, Ms. Chase, was going to have a heart attack from the rawness of the sound and more so from the lyrics. I guess it was because he was talking about prying loose his momma with a crowbar. I really don't know what I was going to say about that song if given a chance but when I heard it, I knew that was the song I had to play in class.
Link, you influenced me for life and I have turned on many people to your music. Thank you for your gift! R.I.P. Mark Hawkins - San Francisco, Ca
Marko Veijalainen
Lohja, Finland
markowee@hotmail.com
I first heard Link's Batman Theme back in 1979. I was 12 year old kid then and it was to me like ... BOOOOOM!! The wildest thing I´ve ever heard. He has been my number one hero ever since. Saw'his gig in Tavastia Club, Helsinki in 1997 and it was pure magic. He was so cool ... he was ROCK´N'ROLL. Rest in peace Link, I will always miss you.
Melissa Avery
Washington DC
admin@dc-rock-and-roll.org
Link Was such an important part of our cultural history. A musical inveovator, a poet and a prophet - he chaneled the pathos of our time through his genius guitar work. It is up to all of us to keep the flame of his music burning brightly. Please visit my web site www.dc-rock-and-roll.org for information about The DC tribute concert for Link Wray. Thank you, Melisa Avery
Gill Dougherty
France
GillJane@msn.com
Dear Deborah. I don't understand why your email came back to you... This morning, i sent an other to you, Sharon and Kids at Verizon, but these two last came back to me. I just hope you will get yours. So i give to you two new email adresses... I don't worry... I know that we will reach each other and i am really happy for that. Best wishes, Gill - GillJane@msn.com - GillJane@laposte.net
Deborah Wray
Roanoke Rapids, NC USA
d_wray42@hotmail.com
Gill Dougherty! Sharon Wray and I are trying to reach you via e-mail but the messages keep coming back. Do you have a filter or block on your e-mail account? If so, please add our e-mail address so we can contact you immediately. Thanks so much!
Deborah Wray - d_wray42@hotmail.com
Sharon Wray - sharonwray@verizon.net
Phantasma
El Paso, Texas, United States
crestwood1966@yahoo.com
One of the most underrated talents of anytime...thanks L.W. you will be missed!
Derek Mopar
Providence, RI
fastbackkid1@yahoo.com
I put Link in the same league as Johnny Cash..memorable forever; for years to come. Recently going to rock & roll shows, and hearing "Rumble" being played whether it was a cover song, or an intro at a show. I offer my condolences and highest regards to the man who changed Rock & Roll forever. Derek D, Moniz, Providence RI
charles hernandez
los angeles, ca. usa
chuckynewyorkbronx@yahoo.com
r.i.p. link wray. a true legend will be truly missed. god bless -chuck.
Enrico
Italy
I never forget you Mr. Guitar! My condelances to the parents
Neil C Johnson
philly, pa
ncjohn@msn.com
bob dylan has been performing "Rumble" to kick off his recent shows as a little tribute to Link Wray. so long link, gonna miss that fender reverb.
Roger Nicholls
Appledore, Devon, UK
shortynich@aol.com
Link's gig with Robert Gordon at Camden was one of the highlights of my life. Thanks man. RIP
Neil Palmer
Brighton. UK
If I'd never heard Link, I'd never have realised what it really means to play electric guitar. He inspired 1000s of musicians, directly and indirectly. I've been playing his sounds again, since I heard he'd gone and there's more there than you'd think. I met him once and he seemed a very kind, gentle man. There goes a man who left the world a better place. My thoughts are with his family.
Neil T Schmidt
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
bigcarpileup@hotmail.com
Link Wray is truly an inspiration. I first heard of Link Wray when I was buying Wild Billy Childish and thee Headcoats singles and Lp's in the early 90s. Billy Childish covered a lot of great Wray instrumentals and after hearing them, i went out and bought a Link Wray CD. I still love the fact that Link punched holes in his amps for distortion.
Sesu Coleman
USA
sesu@magictramps.com
Link has been an inspiration all my musical life. A great Man-Indian-Musician & person. As a teen I would sneak in College parties he played. While in New York City in the 70's working with my band - the "Magic Tramps" - {featuring Eric Emerson-Warhol Superstar} we were asked to convert a club in Queens NY, called the "Popcorn" into a Rock club called the "Coventry". The bill was the "Magic Tramps" and "Link Wray". We would perform a show with Eric Emerson and then Eric would leave the stage and Link would come on and immediately turn his amp backwards towards the wall and start playing "RUMBLE" ... Music to my ears. It was such a thrill and honor to play a week with Link and get to know him as a person. He asked us to return home with him to record an LP at his studio with him producing. We didn't want to leave NYC. Our loss - but our gain to play with him and get to know him. A true Legend. While the original Tramps were in NYC after Thanksgiving making a music video the news came out and we were stunned & immediately broke into "RUMBLE" ...
Bob Glidden
Michigan USA
glidden@voyager.net
I first saw Link on late night tv in the mid-70's when I was about 10 (possibly Don Kirschner's Rock Concert or The Midnight Special). He walked out on stage with a long leather jacket, shades and a red Gibson SG and ran through a memorable set of loud, wicked shredding. His work with Robert Gordon was inspirational to me in learning guitar.
We saw Link in Kalamazoo, Nashville, Chi-HOB, Double Door, Abbey Pub and this year at Fitzgerald's. The 1997 Kzoo show was 3 hours of non-stop RnR!! On his 69th birthday in Nashville he played to a small outdoor crowd in the middle of a huge Nashville festival where thousands were too ignorant to know what they were missing. All four Chicago shows since then have been very different but always supurb and everyone there had a great time!
It was a pleasure to meet Link, Olive and Oliver. I was also touched, as was another person who related a similar story, when Link kissed a photo of his mother on an album that he was signing for fan at the Abbey Pub after the show.
Thank you, Link and Olive for coming back to see US so often! Thanks Olive and Oliver for all the love and care you have given. Thanks also to the other members of his family and friends who have dropped notes here giving us more insight into his life. By the way, one chord from Link's guitar would bring the so called Rock Hall of Fame crashing down into Lake Erie!!
Estufacto
Spain
estufacto@hotmail.com
Thanks to the best
Forerer Rumble
Erika Quinto
Orange County, CA USA
voodoobillytaboo@hotmail.com
Link, you will never be forgotten ... may you rest in peace in rock n' roll as you strum along to RumbLe ... You have no idea, how happy i was to have met you, thank you ...
Mark Dillman
Topeka, Kansas, USA
daddyodilly@yahoo.com
Since the late 1970s I have come to think in hindsight that there were five rock 'n' roll guitar players in the late 1950s and early 1960s who were true visionaries who could practically see into the future and anticipate how guitars would be played in years to come. Because their early recordings were so far ahead they sound out of place for their time. They are:
Link Wray
Dick Dale
Lonnie Mack
Travis Wammack
Davie Allan
      Link Wray was the oldest and earliest of this very select group of guitar players. I honestly had never heard of Link Wray until the late 1970s. But I very quickly started collecting every record by him I could find (and CDs later). For the better part of two decades I hoped that the day would come when I could see him perform live on stage. It finally happened in 1999 and again in 2000 when Link came to Kansas City. In 1999, Link's wife Olive took a wonderful photograph of Link and I seated together in the 'green room' at the Grand Emporium after the show which can be seen in my Yahoo Photos: http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/daddyodilly/my_photos.
      I really do not think I will ever cease to be astonished by listening to Link's music. He had a fiery passion that came through loud and clear in his music. We all have to die sometime. His time came a few weeks ago. It is likely his family wanted to grieve first then let the world know a little later, which is understandable.
      I offer my condolences to his family, fellow musicians, and fans like me. I suggest we keep on listening to and enjoying his music. - Mark 'Daddy-o Dilly' Dillman, Topeka, Kansas, USA
chris scovitch
laurel, Md. USA
CScovitch713@gmail.com
May 14, 2011 The State room banquet hall at Laurel Park Race Track Laurel, md. 2pm-6pm SCOBIE AKA LINKWRAY will be playing a wedding reception performing rock an roll as well a Tribute to the godfather of the powerchords Link Wray. If you do not have an invite, tell them at the door your a roadie for chris scobie. NUFF SAID if your gonna play rockanroll, play it LOUD!!!!!
chris scovitch
laurel, Md USA
CSCOVITCH713@gmail
"SCOBIE" AKA LINKWRAY WILL BE DOING SOME LINKWRAY TUNES AS WELL AS OTHER GOOD ROCK AND ROLL BLUES ARTISTS AT OUR NEXT GIG WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE END OF MAY OR BEGINNING OF JUNE AT CHAPALA TEX/MEX REST. IN THE BLUE BEETLE BAR. "WE GOTTA SOUND THAT MAKES YOU FALL DOWN" BURTONSVILLE, Md. (NEXT TO SIBLE's REST. ON A SATURDAY HAPPY HOUR from 4-7 pm. WILL POST DATE, SO BE LISTENING. IF YOUR GONNA PLAY ROCK AN ROLL PLAY IT LOUD! E-MAIL: INFO@CHAPALA-RESTURANT.COM - PARKING IN REAR
marko
paris france
interiorlux@yahoo.fr
f*ckin' life, a great guy is dead and a part of me for the same occasion! bye mr surf. marko
jonathan tidwell
sumter, sc, sumter county
www.cowboylynn69@yahoo.com
im link wray's grandson, son of mona kay, please fix the 2nd whifes name, its not "katherine" its ethel (kitty, as a nic name) than you. id appreciate it
johnny black
Adelaide Australia
johndinsleyshires@yahoo.com
RIP Link, you earned it. Daddio
Harry Schiltmans
Utrecht, the Netherlands
harry.de.wolf@gmail.com
Condolences to all who lost him. I heard his music when I was 14 years old, that is 25 years ago, and i still have shivers listening to his music. I had the privilage to see him perform twice, and both gigs made a big impression on me.
Los Derrumbes
Santander, Spain
info@losderrumbes.com
The main inspiration for my band. We'll miss you.
alain regnault
paris, France
chezgaston@free.fr
Un 'son' est parti!
Merci pour tout.
Un french fan.
-Claudao Pilha
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
claudao@aobra.com.br
Link lives forever in our hearts and ears and guitars. I remember the first time I ever heard a Link Wray song. It was The Fuzz, and it was on a Lux Interior radio show cassette tape that I got from a friend while I was living in San Antonio, Texas. The Fuzz was like, it was different. So one day I go to this CD place, Hogwild I guess is the name, of course it had to have a name like that. For that occasion. For that was when I was formally introduced to Link. One of those things in life, one of those passing moments that you ccould have missed but didn't - and in that case, boy, was I lucky. I went in the store to buy a Dick Dale CD. So I go in the store and say to the man, do you have any Dick Dale? He sez no, but I just got two Link Wray CDs you might wanna check out. I remembered the tape I had back home with "The Fuzz". So I said to myself, hey, this guy is cool. I'll take one of the CDs. Okay, picked 'Walkin' With Link'. Took it home, put it in the CD player, bang. Heard 5 or 6 songs, took the CD out of the player, put it back in its box and ran back to the car and back to the store as fast as I could. I couldn't risk anyone else buying my other CD. And that was Rumble. And my life was never the same again. Thank You Link.
bruno baricelli
Trieste,Italy
brunobrnr@libero.it
just say, THANX!!, for all Link did for instro-rockabilly lovers. we'll play your songs over and over ...
Garth Vanek
Tujunga, CA USA
theotherkmow@yahoo.com
No doubt Link Wray loved what he was doing, how inspirational is that? Link Wray will always be the King of Rock guitar!
Arjan Deelen
Denmark
deelen@elvis.dk
I saw Link on several occasions in the 90's, and he was just awesome. He looked so iconic on stage, with the large sunglasses, the ever-present leather jacket, his cat-like stage movements, and more than anything, THAT guitar sound. NOBODY could make a guitar sound as menacing as Link did. I also got to meet him backstage, and he seemed like a very genuine fellow, easy to talk to and very friendly. He was someone who had never compromised on his music, and indeed his recent shows were just as wild as they always were. He really loved the music, and you could tell when you saw him on stage. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Link, may you rumble on forever. Arjan/www.robertgordon.dk
WWWhatsup
NYC, USA
joly@dti.net
I saw him w/Robert Gordon in 1978 in Copenhagen, and it was literally, astounding. Wearing a long black leather coat and shades, he stood at the back facing his amp until his solos, when he would turn and stalk to the front and let loose with such drama that it made your soul shiver. I suspect this was the show at which he met the girl he married, so he was up there, too. I saw him a couple weeks later in London, in his final show with Gordon. Bob Dylan came to the show and hung with me and my buddies the PInk Fairies, and even he had a grin on his face as Link let it all hang out. Unforgettable. - joly
Peter Baggerman
Ans, Denmark
Peter@tawoel.dk
Sad, but fact of live. Link did his job for our world. I saw Link several times with Robert Gordon in Paradiso, Amsterdam. Also whitout Robert, which was, looking back the greatest experience. In 1982, I moved to Denmark, Link did too in the early 80's. I have never had the pleasure too see Link in Denmark. Soo close, yet soo far away. I still have his autograph on a Paradiso poster, how great. I never forgot the joy I saw in his eyes when he was performing. Just a guy like you and I, but what a great guitar player! He was among the best: Dick, Jimmie and Link!
Gill
GillJane@laposte.net
I met Link during the France tour 1994, in the Bikini Club of Toulouse. He was really warmly to me, signed my guitar and a LP records of 1971 on which he saw a photo of his mother... He was very moved ... I remember his wide smile and i feel now for having lost a really good friend. Before the show, he gave me the permission to film with a hand camera. Now, I own this VHS tape that i put on a DVD recently. Till now, i just share this event with an english fan who seems having leaving it free on the net. I don't agree with that but it was the risk. Quality of sound and picture is very good. He played with the french guitarist Vincent Palmer, of a band called BIJOU. I really would like this file could be heard by every one and would really happy to send the DVD to a representative member of the Wray family. Please, just let me know sending an email to me ...
Frank Delia
Frank Delia Sydney-Australia
Condolences to the family of Mr Link Wray. Great man, great achievments. We will miss you ... SydneyOne Radio, Australia.
Jim "Raider" Labac
Long Beach, California USA raider60_4@msn.com I believe it was 1960, I was in my prime. I was at a place in California called the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium. They had a TV show broadcast from there (The Wink Martindale Show?) every Saturday night. I remember me and my buddy Dan 'sittin' in the balcony' (some Eddie Cochran there) with our dates and doin', you know, holding hands and kissin'(that's all that was allowed in those days). Suddenly something happened! Cripes what's that? It actually scared me. It was Link's first power chord to 'Rumble'. I looked at my buddy Dan and he was lookin' at me. The dates were forgotten. I told Dan, "So this is reverb!". Right then and there I decided I was going to learn to play the guitar. Now don't get me wrong, I'd heard the song before, it had been out for about 2 years. But I'd never heard it in person. My God! I thought the walls were comin' down on us. Remember, this was 45 years ago. A new hero for me was born that day. I wish to extend my condolances to his wife and entire family. The term 'Gone But Not Forgotten' definitely applies here. Don't worry, we will get him in the R&R Hall of Fame (should have been there already). To Link I would like to say, "Rest Im Peace Buddy". You changed my life. I will see you before too long, and we can sit and play a few tunes and tell a few lies, just like the old days. I miss you my friend.
Charlie Lunsford
Tallassee, TN
clunsford10@aol.com
I have been a big fan for 35 of 51 years, finally got to see Link live last summer. Took the wife and "kids", (19-32). Everyone understands now! The Atlanta show was great and the Akron show even better! Thanks Link, RIP.
John Ward
Wahiawa,Hawaii/USA
RareBreedsSpirit@aol.com
The Man's sound started me out on the guitar, been playing all my life, thanks Link!
Beth
Vienna, Virginia USA
baugerinos@aol.com
I was born and grew up in the Washington DC area and well remember Link Wray. Discovering these websites takes me way back. HIS guitar sound blew me away. We had everyone pass through this DC Maryland Virginia, area in the 50's, Patsy Cline, Elvis, Jimmy Dean, you name it.
      My parents banned me from listening to any type of Rockabilly, Rock and Roll, blues, just religious hymns in our home. However, one of my older relatives, Lived over in Maryland and had been in Norfolk Newport News in the Navy, and he wanted to go see all these people in shows and bought their music, and somehow I either tagged along, way underage, or listened to his 45's and LP's
      They were all good music people that I heard, still love Patsy Clines haunting voice, but for the guitar, it was and still is LINK WRAY, a man who has yet to get his due. He disappeared from Maryland in the early 70's and never heard anything else about him, until I rented the movie Desperado a few years ago.
      Turned it on, went into the kichen for some snacks and then heard this guitar riff coming from the movie, I felt like I was going back to the 50's and 60's in one fast time warp and my body froze. ONLY ONE person ever played the guitar like that, and I had NOT heard it in deceades. I rushed, hit rewind, played it 8 times, then fast forwarded to the end of the movie to read the movie credits and there is was Link Wray.
      Knew nothing else, until the Washington Post had an article a few days ago on the front of the style section about the death of Link Wray. Had NO idea how popular the man had become again, just know one thing, After about 40 years, NO ONE sounds like Link Wray, but Link WRAY. An orginal. His Jack the Ripper and Rumble still make the hair go up on the back of my neck, NOBODY in those days sounded like Link Wray. And Nobody still does! Peace!
Jesse Richards
New Haven, CT. USA
jesserichards2002@yahoo.com
Everything that I like about music happened because of Link Wray. I was only able to see him play twice, and both times I was able to speak with him briefly. Seeing him play was (I know this sounds weird) a spiritual experience. You could tell what he meant when he would say "Its not me, its God playing this guitar". Thanks for "Rumble", "Comanche" "Jack the Ripper" and all the rest of 'em. I'll miss you very much.
Deborah Wray
Roanoke Rapids, NC United States of America
d_wray42@hotmail.com
Although I only had the opportunity to meet Link once, he seemed like a very nice person. Viewing all the websites and tributes to him, he was bigger than life - I just didn't know it at the time. I pray for his everlasting peace and my heart goes out to the rest of our family, who, unfortunately, did not get to see Link these past years since his move to Denmark. He will be missed- but his music will live on!
George Feist
Fresno, California USA
Dukeofthediscs@hotmail.com
I met Link when he played with ROBERT GORDON. The best albums Robert did were with Link ... I was 12 when I bought the RUMBLE 45 ... then it was banned in my area ... Pacifica ... because it meant "a fight" We had some rumbles in the high school days at White Field ... thanks Link for turning me on to instrumental rock ... and fuzz ... Duke
Kevin Wray
San Diego, CA USA
kevintwray@yahoo.com
RIP Link ...
Bruce D
Southern California
rockin57@hotmail.com
What a great era the 50's and early 60's were for Pop Music. Instead of the sterile, repetitive CRAP that the mainstream Music Industry pushes on our young people today, 35-50 years ago there was a flourishing of extemely varied styles and approaches to rock and roll.
      There were the super smooth, suave pop singers like Bobby Darin, Elvis, and Frankie Avalon. But we also had the proto-grunge, proto-punk stylings of stars like Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and others, to provide an element of progressive wildness and creativity to push the music forward.
      Then there were the instrumental artists, each great in his own right: Duane Eddy, Bill Justis, The Champs, The Fireballs, The Ventures, and of course the Surf Music groups like The Surfaris, Dick Dale, The Bel Airs, The Lively Ones, The Pyramids, The Astronauts, Davie Allan and so many others.
      But standing alone, defining himself and his music as something in stark contrast with all the others, breaking entirely new sonic ground, was LINK WRAY. How many bands have covered Rumble, Raw Hide, and Jack The Ripper? Just about every teenage garage band since then, has jammed at least one of these songs, and the recorded covers done by other commercially successful bands, number in the many dozens.
      I'll never forget the cover of Rumble that I heard on an LP by Brownsville Station. Wow! Just as Link's original version was almost creepy in its slow, menacing, moodiness, Brownsville Station infused megadoses of energy and upped the tempo to make it an all out HIGH-ENERGY rocker! And it worked! An indication of the greatness of the original as done by Link Wray.
      I'm especially thankful to be part of the generation that was gifted with the opportunity to hear all these great innovators of Rock Music, and in my opinion, Link Wray will always stand as one of the very greatest of them all.
      If there's a Rock and Roll Heaven, you know the band is better than ever, with Link Wray newly on-board!!
Jesse Cooday
Alaska
cooday@yahoo.com
Alaska Natives and American Indians honor Link Wray - http://cooday8.tripod.com/alaska.htm#anchor46968

Gray Wolf
New York City, NY, USA
gwolf94@yahoo.com
Native American Support Group of New York City honor Link Wray - http://graywolf94.tripod.com/#Music
Pierre Trillot
Jouy France Europe World Universe Rock
pierre.trillot@wanadoo.fr
An other star in the sky ...
Derek H
Canada
dhamilt01@hotmail.com
An era is slowly disappearing and along with it is the people that made it an era to remember. You will be missed as will all the others. So sad.
Dj Rockin Vic
Los Angles
DJ_rockinvic@yahoo.com
I always include in my dj set a Link Wary tune! I 1st heard Link Wray on am radio in the late 80's on Art Laboe's 5O's show. The song featured was "Rumble." It left a definate in pact on my taste in music, at that time I thought 50's music was too bubble gum ... boy was I wrong, through him I discovered some of the wildest music ever made ... rockabilly ... Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll. Just hear "Five and Ten" or Bunker hill's "Hide and Seek" (Link is a featured guitarist) and you will know what I am talking about. Just recently this year, 2005, I saw him at one of his last shows in Hollywood. When he reached over with his guitar while playing "Rumble" and let me pick his guitar strings, that memory of him on the radio reached full circle. I will always been a big fan, you are missed greatly "Mr. Guitar" Link Wray. Your music and your legacy lives on.
Sharon Wray
sharonwray@verizon.net
Thanks Deb on behalf of my children ... and you are correct. Links Dad and his name is Fred Lincoln Wray. That is just the media and someone without birth records which we have. Rhonda was named by Link after Rhonda Fleming. He loved her as an actress. Shayne was named Shayne West Wray because we lived in Tucson Arizona, during Polydor era, and Charlotte Lillian Wray, he named her after my mother Charlottes first name, and his mother, Lillian Mae Koates. He gave her Lillian for her middle name in Santa Rosa California 1975. Thanks for the memories Link. May you find peace now. -Sharon
John Nilsen
Syracuse, NY, USA
nilsen@dreamscape.com
It was 1961, and I was about 15, living in Hamilton, N.Y., and working as a waiter at the frat parties at Colgate University. Later that night, I sneaked back into the frat to hear the band and see if I could get beer! When the band finally started - POW! BOOOM! BANG! WOW!! Whoa!! That was the first time I had ever heard, and heard of, Link Wray and the Raymen ....
The first time I ever heard "Rumble", "Jack the Ripper", "Rawhide", "Run Chicken Run", "Black Widow", "Batman" and so many other songs, I heard them live, by the Link! That night, the seeds of my future career were planted - I've been a fulltime musician since 1972. What can I say about Link - dangerous! Oh God how he would whip the audience! I saw him (with Shorty, Doug, and another guy who I think was named Chuck) many times after that - and I would often get to go with them to breakfast after the gig - usually to a little diner in Sherburne N.Y. Brother, could I go on and on - but ... Sail on, Link ... a part of me goes with you ...
Nol Voorst
Maastricht, the Netherlands
boppinnol@hotmail.com
We send our condelances to Olive and the chilren. A great Artist left the building ... a guy that did so many things and gave us so much great music ... that We will never ever forget this great string fighter. THANK YOU LINK WRAY ... till we meet again ... rest in piece. Your fans Nol&Wies.
Parry H
Canada
parry@perfectOMITmail.com
Mr. Wray played some of the most startlingly beautiful music I've ever heard. It's my acute regret that I'll never see him in concert. He's irreplaceable. - Parry
Dick G
so.hamilton, mass
dickg_us@yahoo.com
Just heard about the passing of Link Wray!! WOW what a shock, didn't think he was all that old. I remember listening to his recording way back when. He was a GREAT guitarist and growing up I played a bit and was always listening to him and Duane Eddy, another Great. RIP LInk, you were one of the all time BEST. God Bless ya, never be another like him. He could make a guitar "talk" and his sound was "one of a kind." Miss ya Link.
kees zoon
heiloo noord holland nederland
camzoon@quicknet.nl
My condolesis to Olive and children. Forforty years my favorite musician. Many times seen in holland.
wagnão
santo andre, são paulo, Brasil
Well ... LInk wray is very admirate in Brasil, many rockers and non rockers loved their work and life style ... in Brasil .. certainly, Mr. LINK WRAY NEVER DIE.
Greg Laxton
motor34@bellsouth.net
Link's last show. I have pics and video from the show on my website. Please right click and save 'em if you like. The link's on the front page. www.WraysShack3Tracks.com.
Nikki Plese
Las Vegas, NV
nikkiplese@earthlink.net
Link played a small venue in Las Vegas over the July 4th weekend 2005. A friend videotaped it and has posted the infamous "Rumble" on his website. It is a fitting tribute to this late, great guitar legend. A song for which he will long be remembered. Go to
www.vegasrockabilly.com/Media/LinkWrayLoRes.mpg
for one last "Rumble".
Norman Fisk
atpilot@commspeed.net
Sad about Link. He was an old friend. I first met him when he moved to Tucson with his brother Vernon. I did some work in the studio with him and he did some guitar work on an album I was doing. He will be missed.
Bob Timmers
Burns, TN
bob@rockabillyhall.com
Back in the '50s, Link's simple, but very effective playing style lured many of us young wannabe rock and roll guitar players to get serious. "Rumble" and "Rawhide" were among the first songs we learned ... and those sounds still hold up today. Thanks, Link.



Information on Link's Family
             My name is Deborah Wray. My husband is Fred Lincoln Wray III, Link Wray's oldest son.
Link has four sons:       Fred Lincoln Wray III
      Link Elvis Wray
      Shane Wray
      Oliver Christian Wray
Link's daughters:
      Elizabeth (Beth) Wray Webb
      Mona Kay Wray
      Mona Kay
      Belinda
      Rhonda Wray Sayen
      Char Wray
Wives:
      Elizabeth Canady:
             Elizabeth (Beth)
             Fred Lincoln
      Kitty:
             Link Elvis Wray
             Belinda Maria Wray
             Mona Kay Wray
      Sharon:
             Rhonda Wray-Sayen
             Shane West Wray
             Charlotte (Char) Lillian Wray
      Olive:
             Oliver
             Link Wray was named for his father, my husband's grandfather, and none of them are named "Frederick" The name on the grandfather's headstone in the City Park cemetery reads "Fred". My husband's name is Fred. I have no idea where the Frederick came from but it is incorrect. Sincerely, Deborah L. Wray


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