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Rumble

In 1958, an instrumental track by Link Wray and the Wray-Men made it to number 16 on the charts. Originally titled “Oddball”, Phil Everly heard it and suggested the title “Rumble”, as it had a rough sound and said it sounded like a street fight.

It was banned in several radio markets because the term rumble was a slang term for a gang fight, and it was feared that the piece’s harsh sound glorified “juvenile delinquency” – one of very few instrumental singles banned from the radio airwaves.

I have attempted to retain some the the rawness of the original version in my arrangement and cover:

[audio http://home.comcast.net/~drahcir.nilknarf/music/Rumble.mp3]

April 19, 2014 at 11:23 am Leave a comment


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