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Old 03-17-2019, 05:29 PM
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Dick Dale, Surf Rock Guitar Legend, Dead at 81


Dick Dale, the Strat-wielding champion of surf rock whose biggest hit soundtracked one of the most iconic opening sequences in film, has died. He was 81.

The Guardian confirmed Dale's passing -- which took occurred Saturday night (March 16) -- with Sam Bolle, the bassist in his live band. (Billboard reached out to Dale's agent, who confirmed the news: "it's a sad day for rock 'n' roll.")

Dale was born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston, Mass. in 1937, and first came to prominence in the early '60s with his band, the Del-Tones, and "Miserlou."

The 1962 track, Dale's take on the traditional Greek folk tune, features his furious, signature strum and serves as longtail hit of his 1962 debut LP, Surfer's Choice. (The album also features a cover of "Sloop John B," a Bahamian folk song, which the Beach Boys later covered and included on the track list for Pet Sounds in 1966.) The single enjoyed a later ovation thanks to Quentin Tarantino, who blasted it during the opening credits of 1994's Pulp Fiction 32 years after the song's release. The Black Eyed Peas notably sampled "Miserlou" in 2006 hit "Pump It," which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Dale, who toured well into his twilight years, was candid about the various health issues he faced -- including renal failure, diabetes and more -- as he continued to travel the country and perform. "Even with my illnesses and diseases," he said, "I’m faster with my hands than I’ve ever been."


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I didn't know Dick Dale was still alive.

Some of the "Surf Rock" genre aged ok, some of it not at all. A good guitar never really gets old though.
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A good guitar never really gets old though.
I have fond memories of 'borrowing' my dad's Miata in high school and ripping up back roads listening to CDs and Dick Dale's King of the Surf Guitar CD got played quite a bit. My high school DD was a 77 Olds with a tape deck and an automatic transmission, so while it was somewhat fast, it wasn't that much fun to drive...

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and one for Ross, as Dale was also one of the chosen people

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Wow, had NO idea he was still alive. He was already "The Godfather" of this genre when I was listening to its offshoots in the 90s.
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Oh man RIP
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He was left handed, and he just flipped a regular guitar over, did not re-string it.

He played so hard that the Fender amps of the time would catch fire. They had to beef them up to live up to his punishment.

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I don't think he got enough credit. Not just music, the "his music" also influence cars and beach culture. Would anyone want to live in SoCal without thinking of his music?
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Instantly thought of Pulp Fiction
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