> Contracted tuberculosis while in the Army during the Korean War (1950-53) and had a lung removed. Doctors said he’d never sing again. They were wrong.
> Unleashed the savage power of the electric guitar—and arguably presaged garage rock and punk rock—with the single “Rumble” way back in 1958. Influenced Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend, and tons of other leather-clad guitar rebels.
> Sick of the corporate record labels, he became an independent producer in the ’70s, and opened Wray’s Shack 3 Tracks in a converted chicken coop on his brother Vernon’s property in Maryland.
> Rocked on throughout his 70s, and performed his final concert in Glendale, California, just four months before he passed away at home in Copenhagen, Denmark.
> Born to Shawnee parents in North Carolina, his classic song was selected as the title for the 2017 documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, and he stars in the film, as well. He is still not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.