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Balboa, Los Angeles CA, United States (1959 – present)

Dick Dale (born 4 May 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American guitarist and singer. Dale is revered as one of the pioneers of and one of the most influential guitarists of the early . His technique influenced future guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen. He experimented with reverberation and made use of custom-made Fender amplifiers. Among Dale’s most well-known songs are “Misirlou”, “Surf Beat”, and “Let’s Go Trippin’”.

Born Richard Anthony Mansour to a Lebanese father and a Polish mother, he soon learned to play the drums, the ukulele, and finally the guitar. Among his early musical influences was his uncle, an oud player performing belly dance music. A plethora of Dale’s early material contains middle eastern musical influences. Dale’s professional career began in 1959, playing with his band The Del-Tones for surfers at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa, California. With authorities concerned about the mix of young people and guitars, one of the requirements at the Ballroom was that every male patron wear a tie, so the audience was often made up of barefooted guys in surfer garb wearing ties that were handed out at the door.

Dale is often credited as one of the first electric guitarist to employ exotic scales in his playing. When Dale started surfing he became so fascinated that he began seeking ways of channeling the energy and power of the sport through his guitar playing.

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  • Finnegannon

    What a tale.

    11 Aug 10:00pm Reply
  • KimZakula44

    and didn't have the money to initiate civil court proceedings. I'm guessing that Dick Dale did and still does have the finances and ability to help us; BUT HE NEVER DID NOR NEVER HAS! Nor did he ever humbly apologize or even empathize with our being duped by his friend Lisa Rodriguez! How could he ignore that my sons were on the streets because his friend fraudulently (as he claims) used his name to rob people. HE HIMSELF IS A PARENT!! There is just one more thing that i would like to say. I did not only agree to this deal merely on Lisa's word alone, I don't know who is lying, Dick Dale or Lisa Rodriguez! I, on the other-hand, am telling the truth and I have both Dick Dales and Lisa Rodriguez's emails to this day.

    17 Jul 12:47am Reply
  • KimZakula44

    to talk to her and ask her to pay me back, he only coldly told me that he did not have any business deal with her and warned me to stay away from him. I had (and still have) every email from Lisa stating these Dick Dale plans and the copies of the bank transfers of the money from me to her. Also, emails of her asking other people for money for the Dick Dale project as well. With this evidence I couldn't understand why he was distant and angry toward me. If she was lying about the whole thing as he claimed, why wouldn't he (1) Stop her from using his name to steal money (2) Thank me for letting him know that his celebrity status was being fraudulently used (3) Be gracious and help me get my money back? His responses of anger toward me didn't make sense. Even if she wouldn't agree with him to pay my money back, he could have took her to court for fraudulently using his name. But he wouldn't. My sons and I did not even have a place to live except from door to door on peoples couches and

    17 Jul 12:45am Reply
  • KimZakula44

    This is how I know surf guitar artist Dick Dale!! A girl he was lightly dating but more of a friend to him (Lisa Rodriguez from Radiornr and her mother Patricia Scannell) stole $30,000 from me because Lisa said that she had a contract with him to redo his website in order to generate an income and make the website more interactive with Dick Dale digital guitar lessons and music downloads, etc. She assured me that Dick Dale had given her full authority to make this happen and I was promised 15% of the profits. I emailed Dick Dale at dick@dickdale.com and asked him IF THIS WAS TRUE and when this project would be done and open..his response back to me was " don't know yet.............d." Well, no new Dick Dale website ever appeared! Dishearteningly, as a result of this theft, my 4 sons and I went homeless over loosing that money and, my older sons had to quit High school to get jobs! When I informed Dick Dale of this and our situation and politely asked him (and lightly pleaded with him)

    17 Jul 12:42am Reply
  • AnastyCn

    Greatest

    18 May 5:36pm Reply
  • SergiouSSan

    http://www.lastfm.ru/music/Dick+Dale+(Richard+Anthony+Monsour)

    9 Feb 12:35pm Reply
  • SergiouSSan

    на самом деле это Dick Dale, настоящее имя Ричард Энтони Монсур! И сие надо было отметить в заглавии,ибо есть Dick Dale так же гитарист и певец,и из США.

    9 Feb 12:34pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    величайший мастер гитары, у него сам хендрикс учился кстати, чувак люто бешено ненавидел битлз

    8 Feb 6:45am Reply
  • JeremyAce4

    Solid.

    30 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    great

    7 Nov 2013 Reply
  • engmostafaeldam

    king of surf rock

    20 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Nihil227

    Listen to the king of the surf guitar!

    15 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Kadeshi_Moon

    Snake Plissken rides a Tsunami (с)

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Panecea

    Saw Dick Dale tonight, my ears will be ringing for days!!!! Hellava show! Unforgettable ♥♥♥♥

    22 Apr 2013 Reply
  • drphilman

    Dick Dale interview: http://philtorres.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/the-king-of-surf-guitar/

    17 Apr 2013 Reply
  • miserloudd

    Unknown Territory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 Feb 2013 Reply
  • JestemZPolski

    Misirlou <3 [2]

    23 Jan 2013 Reply
  • AlarmClock12

    Errybudy put day hands in day air WOOP WOOP lets have it for DICK DALE

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AlarmClock12

    Happy 420 everybody :P XD

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
  • AlarmClock12

    Legend. Absolute legend.

    3 Sep 2012 Reply
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