10 Years Ago Today – Fuzz Guitar Innovator Link Wray Dies at 76 (Watch “Rumble” Live From Winterland ’74)

1o years ago today (11/5/05) guitarist Link Wray died aged 76. Wray was credited with inventing ‘fuzz’ guitar after punching a hole in a speaker giving him a distorted guitar sound. Link is most well known for his 1958 US No.16 single ‘Rumble’ which was banned on several radio stations, on the grounds that it glorified juvenile delinquency. A rare feat for a song with no lyrics and a huge influence for Jimmy Page, as when he rocked out to Wray in the film It Might Get Loud. Watch the always bad-ass Link Wray perform “Rumble” live from Winterland in ’74.

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