Save Us, Nessie!

Saves the Day knows what makes a hero.

But for all Wray's note-bending brilliance, his biggest contribution to the world of rock guitar came in a much simpler form — the power chord. While it's hard to give anyone sole credit for the chord's invention, it was Wray who so fervently plucked away at it while most of his contemporaries were busy rehashing "Blue Suede Shoes." But Wray didn't stop there. He knew there was a way to get an even rawer sound from his amplifier. He did this by punching holes in the speaker, thus creating a fuzz tone. Meanwhile, Elvis Presley was getting rich doing cover songs. Mercy, indeed.

Pete Townshend once said that Wray was the reason he picked up a guitar in the first place. Now, if Townshend had never picked up that first guitar, who'd have been there to smash it? Kurt Cobain? Hell, were it not for Wray, he would've been a flautist. Sure, Wray's influence far outweighed his celebrity. But without him, the evolution of rock would have one hell of a missing link. Jason Budjinski

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