Dick Dale, universally hailed as the king of the s surf guitar sound that heavily influenced the development of rock 'n' roll guitar — and of rock 'n' roll guitars themselves — has died at age He had recently been in treatment for cancer, from which he had twice previously recovered. Dale's death was reported by The Guardian and confirmed on Facebook by Dusty Watson, his former longtime drummer.
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
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This was a deliberate move on his part. The guitarist was also a surfer and he wanted his music to capture the experience of riding waves. Dale maintained that the key to surf rock is in the rhythm, how it mimics the rush of the water.
Otis Hart. Anastasia Tsioulcas. A photo of surf guitarist Dick Dale with guitar and his band, the Del-Tones.
He was a pioneer of surf musicdrawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers  including the first-ever watt guitar amplifier.
He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers including the first-ever watt guitar amplifier. He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop equipment that was capable of producing a louder guitar sound without sacrificing reliability.
Dick Dale, who has died aged 81, was the American guitarist whose powerful twang saw him hailed as the King of the Surf Guitar. The following year, on Misirlou originally titled Miserlouhe mixed Arabic scales with reverb to create one of the most exciting instrumentals in rock history. Such was its popularity that a bidding war began and he was signed to Capitol Records in early