Link Wray And The Wraymen – Raw-Hide
From 1959, and following on from a rumbling debut, Raw-Hide was Link Wray’s second single. It started off as a b-side but became the hit-side by reaching #23 on the Billboard charts. Although a completely different song to the Frankie Laine sung theme to the television series Rawhide, it was released just three days after the first episode first aired — now, even the firmest believer in coincidences would have to be a bit skeptical about that. Anyway, what’s unquestionable is that today’s pick is a solid tune featuring the tough guitar sound of a true rock’n’roll pioneer, Link Wray.