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Music Monday: Link Wray – “Hidden Charms”

posted November 10, 2014 9:50 am

Link Wray was one of the forefathers of garage punk, and most of his recordings are instrumentals. This this 1966 B-side shows him embracing the sound he’d helped spawn with a rare vocal appearance. Wray had only one lung and was told he would never sing again after having the other lung removed after contracting tuberculosis in the Korean war. You can almost hear him forcing the lines out, but it works for this track. Recorded when he was 37-year-old, Wray still makes for a pretty convincing as a teenager “Well, your lips are sweet as honeydew / I think about you, that’s all I do.”

Link Wray

Link Wray