December 16th, 2013 Last Updated on: December 16th, 2013
Pioneer of Distortion. Champion of the Power Chord. Rockabilly Legend. Link Wray is well-known as a musical force. This Shawnee artist created an enduring legacy that climbed the charts, influenced popular culture and permeates movies and tv soundtracks throughout the decades. Link Wray has been inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame, Rockabilly Hall of Fame, Washington (DC) Area Music Association,Southern Legends Hall of Fame and many more. Now, Link Wray fans have the opportunity to vote to place this performer in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Link Wray has been named as one of the 100 GREATEST GUITARISTS by Rolling Stone magazine. In addition, this profound musician has been featured in the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of the Native American Indian “Up Where We Belong” exhibits in both Washington DC and New York City.
PULP FICTION, INDEPENDENCE DAY, DESPERADO, THE SOPRANOS, BLOW and many other movies and tv programs have incorporated Wray's music into their soundtracks. Link Wray has influenced Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Dan Auerbach and countless thousands of other musicians the world over.
“Rumble”, “Raw-Hide” and “Jack the Ripper” are representative of Link Wray's distinctive sound. “Daddy was such a proud Native American man,” states his daughter Beth Wray Webb, “and he was always proud of the music he made and determined to make music his way.” To vote for this Native American artist to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, visit http://www.rockhall.com/inductees/nominees/link-wray/ and cast your vote.
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