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Guitarist Link Wray passed away on November 5th. He was 76 years old. I find this to be a huge bummer because he truly was a pioneer of music.

He is called the father of the “power chord” many people claim he invented it, and he may have been the first to use it successfully in popular recordings. His band “Link Ray and the Raymen.” Were pioneers using distortion and feedback. His most popular song, “Rumble” can be heard in movie soundtracks, commercials, and other avenues of life, it is more recognizable than the musician himself.

He is cited by many pop, rock, punk, and heavy metal musicians as a huge influence. And honestly, while it is almost certain SOMEONE would have eventually used distortion and power chords, a song like “Rumble” I just can’t see anyone else performing.

He was banned too, by many DJ’s during that time period. They said his sound encouraged teenage delinquency. After losing his popularity, he was rediscovered by younger audiences, and toured extensively through the nineties. It is always depressing to see Rock and Roll lose a rebel.