Link Wray's Daughter Talks Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nomination: 'Dad Is the Trunk of the Rock and Roll Tree'
publish date: 2017-10-09
After the rockabilly legend was nominated in 2014, she says his induction is overdue and feels good about his chances this time around.
While credit for inventing rock 'n' roll has been long disputed, Link Wray's contributions to the genre make a solid case for the title. With all due respect to the greats who preceded Wray, few had such a profound impact own rock's sound as Wray and his distorted electric guitar power chords ringing out on the 1958 hit "Rumble."
"Dad is the trunk of the rock and roll tree and that heavy metal, punk, all them just branched right off of it," the rockabilly legend's eldest of eight children Beth Wray Webb tells , paraphrasing what a fan of her father's once told her.
After failing to make it in 2014, last week Wray -- who died in 2005 -- was again nominated for induction into he Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And this year his daughter says she likes his chances, thanks in part to his prominence in the Sundance award-winning documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World.