Listen to Link Wray’s Previously Unreleased ‘Son of Rumble’
Link Wray, whose instrumental hit "Rumble" practically invented the power chord, is one of the nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's class of 2018.
In order to raise awareness for Wray's nomination, Easy Eye Sound, the label founded by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, is releasing "Son of Rumble," a song Wray had intended as the follow-up to his 1958 signature hit but kept in the vault until now.
You can watch the video for the song above.
Easy Eye Sound plans to issue "Son of Rumble" as a 7" single on April 13 with another unreleased Wray track, "Whole Lotta Talking," as the B-side. You can pre-order the single at Easy Eye Sound's website and, until Dec. 5, vote for Wray's induction the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame site.
“I saw him play in Cleveland at the Grog Shop and he blew my mind," Auerbach said in a press release announcing the track. "To get the chance to put out unreleased songs on Easy Eye is amazing and a dream I never thought was possible. It’s time we give Link Wray a statue on the top of the Rock and Roll of Fame.”
"Rumble," even though it's an instrumental, was originally banned in New York, Boston and Detroit because it was believed that it would lead to juvenile delinquency. Years before distortion pedals, Wray achieved his distinct guitar sound by stabbing his amplifier with pencils. He he became a major influence on rock guitar legends like Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, Neil Young and Wayne Kramer of MC5. Wray died in 2005 at the age of 76.