Dick dale king of the surf guitar
The guitarist Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock known for his hit Misirlou, has died age At the turn of the 60s, Dale was pivotal in the development of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. On the track Misirlou, Dale transformed the traditional Greek folk song into a sped-up, one-string performance, which became a national sensation after Dale performed it on the Ed Sullivan Show in In , Quentin Tarantino used it as the opening music for Pulp Fiction. It just throws down a gauntlet that the movie now has to live up to. After retiring from music in the s, Dale returned to playing in the 80s.
Dick Dale: 'King of Surf Rock' guitarist dies aged 81
Dick Dale - Wikipedia
Dick Dale, "the King of the Surf Guitar" and a pioneering guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians, has died at the age of California Rocker first reported that Dale died Friday. No cause of death was revealed, but the guitarist suffered from health issues in recent years. He influenced everybody! A unique innovator of the guitar with pick-melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was
Dick Dale: Requiem for the King of the Surf Guitar
I n theory at least, Dick Dale should have been a long-forgotten figure. You could hear echoes of his style — fast, very loud and heavy on the staccato picking — in a subsequent generation of virtuoso guitarists: Jimi Hendrix was a fan, but you really noticed his influence a decade later, when heavy metal came to be defined by the frenzied playing of Eddie Van Halen. At the other end of the rock spectrum, there was the Cramps: for all their devotion to the outer fringes of rockabilly, they audibly would not have sounded the way they did had Dale never picked up a guitar.
I have a fond memory of walking with Dick Dale through the corridors of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix some seven years ago. He felt the spirits were calling out to him. Now Dick himself has entered the spirit realm. He left this life March 16, , after a long battle with a number of serious illnesses including rectal cancer, diabetes, kidney failure and a heart condition.