He was Dale had been in treatment for heart and kidney failure. Dale was a surfer, sound pioneer and guitarist whose unusual, percussive playing style and thick, thunderous music earned him the nickname the Father of Heavy Metal. Sam Bolle, a bassist who played with Mr. Dale raised at his home.
Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar, Dead at 81
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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. He may well have been the first person to realise the electric guitar could be used not merely as a melodic instrument, but a bludgeon. He enjoyed a brief period of mainstream fame, riding the surf fad: unlike four fifths of the Beach Boys, Dale actually was a surfer. Whatever the changing fads in rock music, Dale continued to be a live draw: towards the end of his life, suffering from renal failure, diabetes and damaged vertebrae, he continued playing live in order to pay his medical bills. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
Guitar Legend: The Very Best Of Dick Dale
Dick Dale: performing in in Barcelona. The guitarist Dick Dale , the pioneer of surf rock known for his hit Misirlou, has died aged Dale once claimed that Frank Sinatra had offered to manage him, but he turned him down because the singer wanted a 90 per cent cut of his earnings. At the turn of the s, Dale was pivotal in the development of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. On 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
Nearly 60 years ago, surfers flocked to the waves along Newport Beach to try mastering the new craze. When the sun set, they needed someplace to dance and Dick Dale delivered it at Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula. Nearly every week for two years, Dale and his band packed over 3, people into the ballroom. They called him the Pied Piper of Balboa Beach, but his musical instrument of choice was defiantly not a flute.