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Wray, Link

Full name Frederick Lincoln Wray. Born 1929 in Dunn, N.C. Brother of Doug and Vernon Wray. Died in 2005.

References:

  • Wray's Shack 3 Tracks with discography
  • Article in issue 148 (1995) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 157 (1996) of Now Dig This.
  • Feature article and discography in issue 67 (1998) of Rockin' Fifties.
  • Article in issue 268 (2005) of Now Dig This.
  • Article in issue 274 (2006) of Now Dig This.

Original Releases

Discography is intended to be complete through 1964

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
 
 
Kay (D.C.)  3690 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample I Sez Baby — Link Wray 45-698 Bullet Bison Bop LP 2037 (#4)
Bullet Buffalo Bop LP 2037 (#4)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55180 (#6)
Bullet Mima 10 002 (#9)
Bullet Norton LP 210 (#2)
Bullet Norton CD 210 (#2)
    Pertinent Song sample Johnny Bom Bonny — Link Wray 45-698 Bullet Bison Bop LP 2037 (#11)
Bullet Buffalo Bop LP 2037 (#11)
Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55180 (#29)
Bullet Norton LP 210 (#3)
Bullet Norton CD 210 (#3)
    Non-pertinent Label shot When You Cross Your Heart — Bob Dean And Cindy With The Krountry Kings 45-697  
    Non-pertinent Walk, Walk, Walkin' Blues — Bob Dean And Cindy With The Krountry Kings 45-697  
1958/Mar. 31
Bb pop rev.
Cadence (N.Y.)  1347 
(pressed by RCA)
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample The Swag – (instr.) — Link Wray & His Ray Men J9OW-1457 Bullet Ace CD 444 (#13)
Bullet Now Dig This CD 1042 (#20)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#2)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Rumble – (instr.) — Link Wray & His Ray Men J9OW-1456 Bullet Born Bad LP 007 (#16)
Bullet Emusic/JSP MP 11565486 (#26)
Bullet JSP CD 6201 (#26)
Bullet K-Tel CD 3062 (#8)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#21)
Bullet Pan American CD 56038 (#23)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#1)
Bullet Rhino CD 73346 (#18)
1959/Jan. 12
Bb pop rev.
Epic (N.Y.) 5-9300 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Raw-Hide – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 45486 Bullet Ace CD 786 (#4)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37618 (#11)
Bullet Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62173 (#4)
Bullet Epic LP 37618 (#11)
Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#4)
Bullet Mustang CD 18 (#32)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#3)
Bullet Sony Music Special Prod. CD 75064 (#11)
Bullet Vladimir Twist LP 6911 (#4)
    Pertinent Label shot Song sample Dixie-Doodle – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 45485 Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#5)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#4)
1959/June 15
Bb pop rev.
Epic (N.Y.) 5-9321 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Comanche – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 47299 Bullet Hero CD 001 (#15)
    Borderline Label shot Lillian – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 47300  
1959/Oct.
(Bb est.)
Epic (N.Y.) 5-9343  Cover shot
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Slinky – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 48853 Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#1)
    Borderline Label shot Rendezvous – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 48854  
1960/Mar. 7
Bb pop rev.
Epic (N.Y.) 5-9361 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Trail Of The Lonesome Pine – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 49511  
    Non-pertinent Label shot Song sample Golden Strings (Based On A Chopin Etude) – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen JZSP 49512  
1960/Oct. 24
Bb pop rev.
Epic (N.Y.) 5-9419 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Ain't That Lovin' You Babe — Link Wray And The Wraymen ZSP 51768 Bullet B-Sharp CD 6/30 (#18)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37621 (#12)
Bullet Epic LP 37621 (#12)
Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#14)
Bullet Lesley CD 11 (#13)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#6)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Mary Ann — Link Wray And The Wraymen ZSP 51767 Bullet B-Sharp LP 6/22 (#8)
Bullet B-Sharp CD 6/34 (#8)
Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37618 (#10)
Bullet Epic LP 37618 (#10)
Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#15)
Bullet Sony Music Special Prod. CD 75064 (#10)
1961/July 31
Bb pop rev.
Rumble (D.C.)  1000 
(pressed by Columbia)
Auction history
Borderline Song sample The Stranger – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Raymen   Bullet Norton LP 210 (#11)
Bullet Norton CD 210 (#15)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Jack The Ripper – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Raymen ZTSP 69127 Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#7)
1961/Aug. 21
Bb pop rev.
Epic (N.Y.) 5-9454 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Tijuana – (instr.) — Link Wray ZSP 54597  
    No rating Label shot El Toro – (instr.) — Link Wray ZSP 54596  
1962/Mar. or earlier
(Bb est.)
Trans Atlas (N.Y.) M687 
Auction history
No rating Label shot Song sample Big City Stomp – (instr.) — Link Wray 62-WA-24 Bullet Norton LP 211 (#9)
Bullet Norton CD 211 (#10)
    No rating Label shot Poppin' Popeye – (instr.) — Link Wray 62-WA-23  
1963/Mar. 16
Bb pop rev.
Okeh (N.Y.) 4-7166 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Rumble Mambo — Link Wray And The Wraymen ZSP 59258 Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#13)
    Non-pertinent Label shot Song sample Hambone — Red Saunders & His Orch. With Dolores Hawkins & The Hambone Kids ZSP 59257  
1963/Apr. 6
Bb pop rev.
Swan (Pa.) S-4137 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample The Black Widow – (instr.) — Link Wray & His Ray Men T Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#8)
    Borderline Label shot Jack The Ripper – (instr.) — Link Wray & His Ray Men J Bullet Charly CD 345 (#24)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#1)
1963/Sept. 21
Bb pop rev.
Swan (Pa.) S-4154 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Turnpike U.S.A. – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Ray Men T Bullet Club WWR LP 001 (#16)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#13)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample Week End – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Ray Men W Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#5)
1963/Dec.
(Bb est.)
Swan (Pa.) S-4163 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Run Chicken Run – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Ray Men R Bullet Castle Pulse CD 355 (#48)
Bullet Mustang CD 18 (#4)
Bullet NPR LP 7301 (#8)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#12)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#10)
Bullet Vladimir Twist LP 6904 (#18)
    Borderline The Sweeper – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Ray Men T Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#30)
1964/Mar.
(Bb est.)
Swan (Pa.) S-4171 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample The Shadow Knows – (instr.) — Link Wray And His Raymen T Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#18)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#11)
    No rating Label shot My Alberta — Link Wray And His Raymen M Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#11)
1964/July
(Bb est.)
Swan (Pa.) S-4187 
Auction history
Borderline Label shot Song sample Deuces Wild — Link Wray And The Ray Men D Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#28)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#12)
    No rating Label shot Summer Dream — Link Wray And The Ray Men S  
1965/Feb. 13
Bb pop rev.
Swan (Pa.) S-4201 
Auction history
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Good Rockin' Tonight — Link Wray G Bullet Hallmark CD 305242 (#1)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#31)
    No rating Label shot I'll Do Anything For You — Link Wray I Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#53)
Original LPs
1960/Feb. 29
Bb Aud.
Epic (N.Y.) LN-3661  Cover shot
Link Wray And The Wraymen [mono]
Auction history
No rating Label shot Song sample Caroline — Link Wray And The Wraymen    
    No rating Slinky — Link Wray And The Wraymen    
    Borderline Song sample Right Turn – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#8)
    No rating Rendezvous — Link Wray And The Wraymen    
    No rating Dixie-Doodle — Link Wray And The Wraymen    
    Borderline Song sample Ramble – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#2)
Bullet Rhino CD 71222 (#5)
    Borderline Song sample Hand Clapper — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet CBS Special Products CD 37621 (#14)
Bullet Epic LP 37621 (#14)
Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#3)
Bullet Lesley CD 11 (#1)
    No rating Raw-Hide — Link Wray And The Wraymen    
    Pertinent Song sample Lillian – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#10)
    Borderline Song sample Radar – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#9)
    Borderline Song sample Comanche – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#7)
    Borderline Song sample Studio Blues – (instr.) — Link Wray And The Wraymen   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#6)
 
 
Swan (Pa.) SLP-510  Cover shot
Jack The Ripper [mono]
Auction history
No rating Mr. Guitar — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#25)
    No rating My Beth — Link Wray    
    No rating Deacon Jones — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#26)
    No rating Steel Trap — Link Wray    
    No rating Cross Ties — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#27)
    No rating Jack The Ripper — Link Wray    
    Borderline Fatback — Link Wray   Bullet Born Bad LP 001 (#3)
Bullet Born Bad CD 001 (#3)
Bullet Monster A Go-Go LP 13 (#3)
Bullet STCTU CD 001 (#3)
    No rating Run Chicken Run — Link Wray    
    No rating Dinosaur — Link Wray    
    No rating Big Ben — Link Wray    
    No rating Mash Potato Party — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#46)
    No rating Rumble — Link Wray    
 
 
Guest Star (N.J.) G1444  Cover shot
Country Jubilee Of Stars [mono]
Auction history
No rating Teen Age Cutie — Link Wray A  
    Borderline Song sample Turn Me Loose — Link Wray A Bullet Norton CD 210 (#9)
    Borderline Song sample TV Baby — Link Wray A Bullet Norton CD 210 (#10)
    No rating Stolen Love — Link Wray A  
    No rating I Sez Baby — Link Wray A  
    No rating Sentenced By A Court Of Love — Link Wray B  
    No rating I Wish I Had Never Met Sunshine — Judy Lynn B  
    No rating Sweet Violets — Judy Lynn B  
    No rating Wabash Cannonball — Billy Grammer B  
    No rating Take Me Back South — Billy Grammer B  
 
 
Vermillion (Md.)  1924  Cover shot
Great Guitar Hits By Link Wray And His Raymen [mono]
Auction history
No rating Rumble — Link Wray    
    No rating Rawhide — Link Wray    
    No rating The Swag — Link Wray    
    No rating Song sample Lillian — Link Wray   Bullet Emusic/Norton MP 10978257 (#5)
Bullet Norton LP 253 (#5)
    No rating Run Chicken Run — Link Wray    
    No rating Alone — Link Wray    
    No rating The Black Widow — Link Wray    
    Borderline Song sample Pancho Villa — Link Wray   Bullet Norton LP 210 (#14)
Bullet Norton CD 210 (#19)
    No rating Song sample Dance Contest — Link Wray   Bullet Norton LP 211 (#2)
Bullet Norton CD 211 (#2)
    No rating Song sample The Outlaw — Link Wray   Bullet Norton LP 211 (#6)
Bullet Norton CD 211 (#6)
    No rating Jack The Ripper — Link Wray    
    No rating Ace Of Spades — Link Wray    
 
 
Vermillion (Md.)  1925  Cover shot
Link Wray Sings & Plays Guitar [mono]
Auction history
No rating Baby Doll — Link Wray    
    No rating Run Boy Run — Link Wray    
    No rating I Wanta' Get Married — Link Wray    
    No rating Mashed Potato Party — Link Wray    
    No rating Song sample Walkin' Down The Street Called Love — Link Wray   Bullet Norton LP 211 (#3)
Bullet Norton CD 211 (#3)
    No rating Song sample Remember The Twist — Link Wray   Bullet Emusic/Norton MP 10986964 (#12)
Bullet Norton LP 212 (#8)
    No rating I Need Someone Like You — Link Wray    
    No rating Young Hearts — Link Wray    
    No rating Song sample Blue Eyes (Don't Run Away) — Link Wray   Bullet Emusic/Norton MP 10986964 (#8)
    No rating Love Me Forever — Link Wray    
    No rating I'll Do Anything For You — Link Wray    
    No rating If This Is Wrong — Link Wray    
Unissued Tracks
1960
 
Epic (N.Y.)  uniss.  Borderline Song sample Ain't That Lovin' You Babe [alt. vers.] — Link Wray   Bullet B-Sharp LP 666-14 (#4)
Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#18)
    Borderline Song sample Comanche [alt. vers.] – (instr.) — Link Wray   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#16)
    Borderline Song sample Dance Contest – (instr.) — Link Wray   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#11)
    Borderline Song sample Guitar Cha-Cha – (instr.) — Link Wray   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#12)
    Borderline Song sample New Studio Blues – (instr.) — Link Wray   Bullet Ace CD 785 (#9)
Bullet Canadian CD 4514 (#23)
Bullet Columbia/Epic/Legacy CD 62172 (#9)
Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#19)
    Borderline Song sample Oh Babe Be Mine — Link Wray   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#17)
    Borderline Song sample Walkin' With Link – (instr.) — Link Wray   Bullet Epic/Legacy CD 47904 (#20)
Need Information
 
 
[need info]     No rating Begin The Beguine — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#14)
    No rating Bo Diddley — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#4)
    No rating Drag Race — Link Wray   Bullet Rollercoaster CD 200 (#8)
    No rating Frenchy — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#24)
    No rating Heartbreak Hotel — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#23)
    No rating Honky Tonk — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#6)
    No rating Hound Dog — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#2)
    No rating I Gotta Go Get My Baby — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#39)
    No rating Law Of The Jungle — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#3)
    No rating Mustang — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#10)
    No rating Oh What A Price — Link Wray And Ray Vernon   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#51)
    No rating Peggy Sue — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#20)
    No rating Song sample Please Please Me — Link Wray   Bullet Emusic/Norton MP 10986964 (#3)
Bullet Norton LP 212 (#3)
Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#9)
    No rating Ruby Baby — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#19)
    No rating Run Boy Run — Link Wray   Bullet Club LP 020 (#9)
    No rating Sorrento — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#8)
    No rating Stop And Listen To Me — Link Wray And Ray Vernon   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#52)
    No rating That'll Be The Day — Link Wray   Bullet P-Vine CD 2759/60 (#7)

Notes:


Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1973NPR (Germany) 7301LPArchive Series, Vol. 1
1981Epic (United States) EG 37618LPRockabilly Stars, Vol. 1
Epic (United States) EG 37621LPRockabilly Stars, Vol. 2
Sony Music Special Prod. (United States) WK 75064CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 1
1983Bison Bop (Germany) Bb-LP 2037LPThe Bop That Never Stopped, Vol. 31
1985Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-LP 2037LPThe Bop That Never Stopped, Vol. 31
Monster A Go-Go JM 13LPSongs We Taught The Cramps: 16 Cramps Classics By The Original Artists
1986Born Bad (England) BB 001LPBorn Bad
1990CBS Special Products (United States) A 37618CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 1
Norton (United States) ED 210LPMissing Links, Vol. 1: Hillbilly Wolf / Link Wray
Norton (United States) ED 211LPMissing Links, Vol. 2: Big City After Dark / Link Wray
Norton (United States) ED 212LPMissing Links, Vol. 3: Some Kinda Nut / Link Wray
1992Born Bad (England) BB 001CDBorn Bad, Vol. 1
CBS Special Products (United States) A 37621CDRockabilly Stars, Vol. 2
Epic/Legacy (United States) EK 47904CDWalkin' With Link / Link Wray
1993Ace (England) CDCHD 444CDFabulous Flips
Rhino (United States) R2 71222CDRumble!: The Best Of Link Wray
1994Hero 001CDShaggerman Rock & Roll, Vol. 1
P-Vine (Japan) 2759/60CDLink Wray: Jack The Ripper
1995Club WWR (Spain) WWRLP 001LPWild Wild Rockin', Vol. 1
K-Tel 3062CDRockin' Rebels
Vladimir Twist VTR 6904LPLike Nothing Your Ears Have Ever Heard, Vol. 4
1996Hallmark 305242CDDo The Ooby Dooby
1997Norton (United States) CED 210CDMissing Links, Vol. 1: Hillbilly Wolf / Link Wray
Norton ED 253LPMissing Links, Vol. 4: Streets Of Chicago / Link Wray
Vladimir Twist VTR 6911LPLike Nothing Your Ears Have Ever Heard, Vol. 11
1998Mima MLP 00210More Hot Rockin' Tracks
1999Rollercoaster (England) RCCD 200CDNow Dig This: A Whole Lotta Roller Coaster Rockers
2000Columbia/Epic/Legacy (United States) CK 62172CDAin't I'm A Dog!: 25 More Rockabilly Rave-Ups
Columbia/Epic/Legacy (United States) CK 62173CDWhistle Bait!: 25 Rockabilly Rave-Ups
2001Ace (England) CDCHD 785CDColumbia Rockabilly, Vol. 1
Ace (England) CDCHD 786CDColumbia Rockabilly, Vol. 2
2004Now Dig This (England) CMFCD 1042CDWell, Now Dig This
2006B-Sharp (England) 666-14LPNasty Rockabilly, Vol. 10
Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55180CDSet Me Free
Rhino (United States) 73346CDRockin' Bones: '50s Punk & Rockabilly
2009B-Sharp (Germany) 6/22LPNasty Rockabilly, Vol. 17
Emusic/JSP (United States) 11565486MPVirginia Rocks!: The History of Rockabilly In The Commonwealth, CD A
JSP (England) 6201CDVirginia Rocks: The History Of Rockabilly In The Commonwealth
Pan American (Switzerland) 56038CDMy Kind Of Women
year?B-Sharp 6/34CDNasty Rockabilly, CD 9
B-Sharp 6/30CDNasty Rockabilly, CD 5
Born Bad (England) BB 007LPBorn Bad, Vol. 7
Canadian PlayMe- 4514CDRare Instrumentals, Vol. 14
Castle Pulse (England) PBXCD 355CDRock Baby Rock It: Record Hop Rock And Roll
Charly (England) PBX CD 345CDRock The Joint
Club (England) 020LPGrab This And Dance, Vol. 20
Emusic/Norton (United States) 10978257MPStreets Of Chicago: Missing Links, Vol. 4 / Link Wray
Emusic/Norton (United States) 10986964MPSome Kinda Nut: Missing Links, Vol. 3 / Link Wray
Lesley LESCD 11CDEpic Rock & Roll Party
Mustang MUST 18CDRockin' Too Much
Norton (United States) CED 211CDMissing Links, Vol. 2: Big City After Dark / Link Wray
STCTU STCTU 001CDSongs The Cramps Taught Us, Vol. 1


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