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Remembering Guitarist Link Wray

Guitarist Link Wray died on November 5 at the age of 76. He's credited with inventing the power chord in the 1950s. His first big recording hit was the 1958 instrumental Rumble. When he went to record the song, he wasn't happy with the sound on the amp, so he pierced holes in the speaker cone to create additional distortion. Guitarists including Pete Townshend and John Lennon were influenced by his work. Wray's other hits include Rawhide and the Batman theme.

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Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 23, 2005: Interview with Jimmie Dale Gilmore; Obituary for Link Wray.

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