Link Wray was a Guitar God May he rest in peace
I am very sorry for your loss as a family. It is so hard to lose a loved one be it a father or brother,uncle, son or friend. It must also be hard to know that in this case he is missed by so many thousands of fans. I knew of Link when I was quite young, my neighbor would play him for hours starting in the morning on Saturdays while working in his garage. This would be mixed in with the likes of Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and others that were slinging out good riffs and a western swing feel. I remember asking him what that sound was and he introduced me to the power of Link and his driving guitar. It's been many years and with great sorrow I will say I did not know until recently of his passing. So in a better late than ever fashion I would like to send all my condolences and prayers to the Wray and extended families.
ms. leslie soreson
rest in peace to the wray family
I would be happy to send you some photos taken back in the late 50's when I played with Link Wray, if you will tell me how? My name is Steve Forest. The one photo was taken at a bar known as "Someplace Else", in the suburbs of D.C. I played rhythm guitar, keyboard, sax and harmonica.
I always try to keep up with link and are very sorry to hear about his death.His dad was my dads uncle so i always try to keep posted on him i saw him at dads house in the 1980s ,anyway very sorry to hear god bless his family
I am very sorry for just signing this. I just found it. LINK was , and is , will forever be an inspiring musician and as far as I can tell person.......... His guitar moved me in such a way that all I can do is think Link when ever I touch or see the guitar insrument.
Link may be gone in body, but as long as one copy of Rumble or Rawhide exist he will always be with us. I took my CD reissue out right after I heard the news and it still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up as it did the first time I heard Rumble in "58". The old Hound Dog,George Lorenz at WKBW in Buffalo NY used to love that song. Saw Link live only once in "59", but it's still there in my mind as if it were yesterday. My best to all of Link's family, and may he rock forever.
When I was at college in Geneva, NY, in 1963 or 64 or possibly 65 my fraternity hired Link and his band to play for a party. It was the best party we ever had. Imagine hearing "Run Chicken Run" live in a room about 20 x 50 feet!
Link must have been a magnanimous person: he traveled a long way to entertain our small group of beer-sodden young men and their dates. We spoke with him and the other Wraymen during their breaks and felt honored. I got Link's signature on the worn orange cover of one of his albums--possibly his first. After I left home, my mother threw it away. Anyhow, he had a great sound and I hope it comforts you to know that he added something memorable to my life.
I want to say thank you for all the kind words for my father. He would of loved to known how much he made a difference to everyone.
A memorial is being held in Fredericksburg, VA on December 10th at 3pm. All are invited to remember our dad with us.
The last time I saw Link was in 1965 at Glen Echo. He shared the bill with Little Richard. That was rock'n'roll !
I had the privilege of seeing what was probably one of Link's last US shows, at BB King's this past spring in New York City. His haunting amp-driven rumblings and darkly atmospheric chord compositions put a chill up my spine throughout the show. He appeared frail but yet robust, and I knew at the time that I needed to savor each moment of the show, because that chance may not come again. Now, as he sits up there in some celestial sphere with a choir of fellow departed rock greats, may he keep on strumming and picking!
Love ya Link!!!!!
You were a true legend, Link. Sorry I never got to see you play live. RIP.
The first time I heard "Rumble" I was hooked. I was never the same again. Everything after that sounded like bland corn flakes except for Link. God bless you and thank you for a wonderful tune filled ride. See you on the other side.
I 1st heard Link Wray as a little kid( 1964 or 5) my oldest sister had his greatest hits album, I saw him at the pychedelly in Bethesda MD a couple of times in 1977 1978
then with Tex Rubinewitz at the Wax Musuem( Wash DC) in 1983( I saw Stevie Ray Vaughn a month before that @ the same place) Link Wray invented heavy guitar, he never got the true credit for his genius, until he is inducted in to the RnR hall of fame, I will consider the hall of fame to be bogus, my most sincere condolences to his family and friends
Good by Link, you are still the coolest!!!!!!!
Angels with leather jackets and silver string guitars, he has left us now to play for Jesus there among the stars.
Only one like him, God bless you & keep you in his arms
i just loved your music so much and admired you for having faith in God and not getting into drugs or alcohol either. i am sorry i never got to see you in concert but if i play my cards right i will see you in the next life with the true king. you are sorley missed. if God had blessed me with talent i would have loved to play killer music like you . your fan 4 ever Wayne
i just loved your music so much and admired you for having faith in God and not getting into drugs or alcohol either. i am sorry i never got to see you in concert but if i play my cards right i will see you in the next life with the true king. you are sorley missed
Wow! Who was that man? Regards to family and friends.
Link Wray was one of the greatest. When I got my first electric guitar I tried to make it sound like Link's, but that never happened. I will always cherish having grown up when he was the driving force behind "electric" guitar music.
Saw the dynamic Mr. Link Wray perform at the historic Norshor Theatre in Duluth, Mn. in April 05. Wow, what an awesome evening of outstanding "bringing down the house" musical magic performed by a gifted pioneer of Rock-n- Roll. Myself, along with hundreds of Duluthians whom attended that show, will remember a class-act who went out on top- the zenith. Thanks for the legacy you left behind Wray, opening the doors for so many who can only fill a fraction of your enormous footsteps. Rest-In-Peace and God Bless all you family.
Duluth, Mn. remembers Link Wray!!
Heard link on NPR's "amrican routes" just after his death. It made me so sad to here we lost a legend. A true inspiration to a younger generation of musicians.
I don't know you but I heard that your a good guiter player but I am also very sorry that you passed on seems like your a good singer to. and a good guy also. Love Heidi
You are awesome and always will be.
Just loved the song Rumble!
You're in a better place now with all the greats plalying for the angels now.. Rest in peace..
The Zaks, NY>
I had the honor of hearing you play live more then once and it will always be powerful and remembered on my journey to see you once again.
Warmest blessings on your next journey and may your music always ring out loud and clear!
may your family find peace in your memory knowing how many have been and will be touched by your sounds!
please allow me to extend my deepest sympathy upon the loss of your Link. i pray God will give you strength to get through this difficult time.
I had the pleasure and honor of being part of Links' "Family" band in the early 70's in Tucson, Az. He was simply the greatest guitar player ever and one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure to know. Rest in peace my friend.
Your were known for your ability to play the quitar and that was something that came natural. Well our son Charles Fricks has that natural ability and waiting a chance to show it off.He is also waiting for his talent to be shared with others. You rest in peace and play for those angels that await you dear friend. God bless.
Link Wray & His Wray Men's hit single Rumble in 1958 was and still is one of my favorite guitar recordings. Raw-Hide would be my second favorite. Link, I'll be thinking of you at the next hop. You're in awesome hands now. Enjoy. Dan Terry MR. D.J.
In the beginning it had to be somebody and Link was a somebody!
Another legend gone. Rest in peace.
From the time I first heard "Rumble" as the opening music for the "Son of Svengoolie" show, I was hooked. His version of Dylan's "It's All Over Now Baby Blue" is an overlooked classic. Rest in peace Link.