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Goodbye

EW remembers Link Wray -- Here's what the entertainment world will miss most about him

Guitarist Link Wray, 76, who died of undisclosed causes in Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 5, may not have been a household name — unless the household happened to be that of Pete Townshend, Neil Young, or Bruce Springsteen: All three have cited Wray's gnarly power chording—best exemplified on the menacing 1958 instrumental ''Rumble'' (sampled most famously in Pulp Fiction) — as profoundly inspirational. Says singer-guitarist Marshall Crenshaw: ''Wray was the first to demonstrate just how nasty and crazed rock & roll guitar can really be.''

Originally posted Nov 25, 2005 Published in issue #852 Dec 02, 2005 Order article reprints