Monday, June 02, 2008

Wray's 'Rumble' among best guitar songs of all time

Dunn native Link Wray's influential song "Rumble" has been named one of the top 100 "Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine.

"In 1958, guitar distortion and power chords were virtually unheard of, but Wray stabbed a pencil through his amplifier to make it sound nastier, dragged his pick like a switchblade, and got this blues riff banned by radio stations as an incitement to violence," writes RS. "Not bad for an instrumental."

As I noted previously, Wray's "Rumble" also made the magazine's list of the top songs to shape rock-n-roll.

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