First weekend in May
Rock like a Rock Star….
If you are into music, the Link Wray Festival is a must! A musical tribute held annually the first Saturday of May in Dunn. Because Link Wray loved all genres of music, mostly country, gospel, and rock and roll, different groups are invited to give the fans an evening’s worth of fun and entertainment.
Who is Link Wray?
• Born May 2, 1929 in Dunn, NC to Frederick Lincoln Wray and Lillie M. Coats Wray. Mrs. Wray was of Shawnee Indian descent.
• Became an American Rock & Roll guitarist, songwriter, and the inventor of “the power chord”.
• His songs have been used in several movies as well as television shows. Some of the most notable movies are: Pulp Fiction, Independence Day, Twelve Monkeys, Desperado, and Breathless. Television shows include The Lone Gunman, Roswell, The Sopranos, and Road Racers (a movie made for television).
• Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Link Wray as number forty–five on their list of the One Hundred Greatest Guitarists of all time.
• He has been inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
• Honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from “The First Americans in the Arts”.
• Inducted into the Native American Music Hall of Fame.
• Featured exhibit in the Smithsonian Institute Museum of the Native American.
• June 2009 his song, “Rumble” was added to the National Registry housed in the Library of Congress.
• Died and buried in Denmark, Sweden on November 5, 2005. NC Congresswoman Renee Elmers’ office is working with the US State Department to bring Wray’s remains home to Dunn to be buried in a family plot.
• Nominated for induction into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although he did not make it this year, we look forward to seeing him inducted in the near future.
• Inducted into the NC Music Hall of Fame in October 2014.