Saturday, January 17, 2015

Saturday Night at The Liberal Curmudgeon: Link Wray Live

Link Wray, influential guitarist known as the inventor of the power chord, performed "Rawhide" on the Dick Clark Show, March 21, 1959. Many in the teen audience didn't seem to know what to make of Wray's raw instrumental, but later rock guitarists did, including Pete Townshend, who said, "He is the king; if it hadn't been for Link Wray and 'Rumble,' I would have never picked up a guitar."


Michael J. Mand said...

Extremely influential guitar player who probably doesn't get the recognition he deserves. "Rumble", the song for which he is most noted, was the inspiration for Richard Thompson's "Shoot Out the Lights". My first introduction to Link Wray was his two collaborations with Robert Gordon from one of my favorite CBGBs' bands, Tuff Darts in 1977 aand 1978.

I want you to know that I often use your Saturday Night choices as the trunk of a tree whose branches make up much of the playlists for St. James Infirmary. Keep it up (so to speak).

Jeff Tone said...

Thanks. The feeling are mutual. Your show inspires many of my weekly musical choices.