"Father of the the power chord." Who knows?
But Link Wray was certainly one of the first electric guitarists to make tone and rhythmic swing the be-all and end-all of his playing. His approach formed -- and still forms -- a basic building block of this thing we call rock n roll.
Besides, how cool is it to get an instrumental banned by radio stations? Happened with Wray's "Rumble."
Rumble on, Link.