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Dick Dale and His Del-Tones


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Dick Dale wasn’t nicknamed “King of the Surf Guitar” for nothing: he pretty much invented the style single-handedly, and no matter who copied or expanded upon his blueprint, he remained the fieriest, most technically gifted musician the genre ever produced. Dale’s pioneering use of Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies (learned organically through his familial heritage) was among the first in any genre of American popular music, and predated the teaching of such “exotic” scales in guitar-shredder academies by two decades. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique was unrivalled until it entered the repertoires of metal virtuosos like Eddie Van Halen, and his wild showmanship made an enormous impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. But those aren’t the only reasons Dale was once called the father of heavy metal. Working closely with the Fender company, Dale continually pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing the thick, clearly defined tones he heard in his head, at the previously undreamed-of volumes he demanded. He also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects, creating a signature sonic texture for surf instrumentals. And, if all that weren’t enough, Dale managed to redefine his instrument while essentially playing it upside-down and backwards — he switched sides in order to play left-handed, but without re-stringing it (as Hendrix later did).


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  • HaHaHaYoureDead

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

    8 Aug 4:22am Reply
  • bonepony420


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  • evanXyouth

    Hail to the King.

    26 Feb 2012 Reply
  • chikamen

    Respekt The KING

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
  • liamgc92

    had no idea he was a white dude haha...

    16 Dec 2011 Reply


    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • DemonX99999

    'The Wedge' is perfect.

    30 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Morbus_Reagan

    Yes,he is still live.

    31 May 2011 Reply
  • zaakjes_

    is he still alive btw?

    13 May 2011 Reply

    hava nagila!!

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • JKevlar

    How is that a bad thing?

    22 Nov 2010 Reply
  • franbp

    Dick Dale the master of the Surf Guitar masturbation

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • samarkand2004

    well..'Just saw a french tv serie on legendary beaches around the world..yeah, i know, weird serie idea (nevermind, just typical us frenchies weirdos always curious on big wild world different people outside i guess.. :/ )..among them was the mythical 50s-60s Malibu (in its infancy years, the incredible true beginnings from nothing) and its fab legendary first surfers pioneers..was fascinating..but more importantly i noticed immediately among them one that was seemingly an excellent guitarist too, and damn pretty good at it too apparently: Dick Dale (never heard of him before..yeah, shame, i know); gave me wish to find an far only best hits found, but first impression confirmed; great musician indeed!! damn, cool first americans in those years, true real pionneers before the big shamy general circus later (at every levels it seems), respect (and great discovery for me), nice)!

    2 Sep 2010 Reply
  • IBeforeWe

    without Dick Dale the world of music as it is today would probably not exist. this guy pretty much opened the door between rock 'n' roll and psychedelic rock, which of course evolved into heavy metal and basically shaped modern rock music.

    26 Aug 2010 Reply
  • RoomSurfers

    Dick Dale The King of Surf!!!

    28 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Beule666

    he is the rocker !! respect.seen him in hannover

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • DrCaligari

    I would rather say that Tarantino upgraded Dick Dale's status from obscure to one-hit-wonder. probably 99% of people who know Misirlou don't know who recorded it and probably don't give a fuck either. so I'm not really sure could it be considered helping. in some sense, perhaps, still it's not really that obvious.

    27 May 2010 Reply
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