Fred Lincoln "Link" Wray Jr.
(May 2, 1929–November 5, 2005) was an American rock and roll guitarist,
songwriter and occasional singer. Part Shawnee Indian, Wray frequently
spoke of his ancestry in performances and interviews.
Wray was noted for pioneering a new sound for electric guitars, as exemplified in his hit 1958 instrumental "Rumble", by Link Wray and his Ray Men, which pioneered an overdriven, distorted electric guitar sound, and also for having, "invented the power chord, the major modus operandi of modern rock guitarist," "and in doing so fathering," or making possible, "punk and heavy rock"**.
Ehrlich, the governor of Maryland, declared January 15 to be Link Wray
** Simmonds, Jeremy (2008). The Encyclopaedia of Dead Rock Stars: Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches, p.559. ISBN 1556527543.
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