Saturday, August 26, 2006

Number 863 - Link Wray



Number 863

Link Wray

"Rumble"

(1958)
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Genre:Guitar
Ok this is kinda spooky. Guitarist Link Wray (circa 1950's) on the left and New Zealand Cricket play Stephen Fleming (circa 2005)
I only heard about Link Wray last year after the notice of his death. When i discovered what his guitaring sounded like i was impressed by his talent.
It is hard for me to believe i have never heard of this "Guitar" pioneer of the modern sound. More the poorer of me.
"Fred Lincoln 'Link' Wray Jr (May 2, 1929November 5, 2005) was a rock and roll guitar player most noted for introducing a new sound for electric guitars in his major hit, the 1958 instrumental "Rumble", by Link Wray and his Ray Men. Before Rumble, electric guitars were used to produce clean sounds and jazz chords. Wray made a new sound by inventing fuzz-tone, adding feedback, distortion and noise. He also pioneered the power chord."
"Wray was a veteran of the Korean war, where he contracted tuberculosis that ultimately cost him a lung. His doctors told him that he would never sing again. So Link concentrated on his heavy guitar work. Despite this, on his rare vocal numbers he displays a range equivalent to Clarence "Frogman" Henry."
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Rolls Eyes) and the Album ranked at Number (Dear Oh Dear)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 60.4 out of 108
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