The Rock World Pays Tribute To Surf Rock Pioneer Dick Dale Who Died At 81
Surf rock icon Dick Dale passed away this weekend at the age of 81.
Dick is credited with influencing everyone from Jimi Hendrix to The Beach Boys with his signature style of frantic guitar playing.
Of Lebanese descent, his interest and knowledge of Arabic music was incorporated into his brand of rock ‘n’ roll playing, adding non-western scales to his style, going on to define surf rock.
It was his track Let’s Go Trippin’ that will go down as arguably the first surf rock song ever, but it’s his swaggering rendition of Misirlou that non-aficionados will know, being adopted for the Pulp Fiction soundtrack and later The Black Eyed Peas.
The cause of his death is not yet known, but Dick suffered several health problems in his life, including diabetes and rectal cancer.
His contribution to guitar playing cannot be underestimated and some of rock’s biggest stars came out to pay their respect on social media.
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RIP Dick Dale - Father of the Surf Guitar. We all owe you. Rock on. 💥💥💥 Look how his guitar is strung ! He’s left handed, but plays essentially a right handed guitar - except for the controls and ‘horns’. So his heavy bass-end strings are at the lower edge of the fretboard. This means his fingers could never fall in the same shapes as the rest of us. Maybe this led him to use those low notes more often and more forcefully than everyone around him. But his highly distinctive sound comes from his very fast up-and down action in the picking hand (sometimes confusingly referred to as ‘tremolo’, in reference to the similar-sounding traditional Flamenco Spanish guitar technique, which is actually done in a very different way, with multiple fingernails). And a lot of echo effect. And thick strings. And a lot of energy !!! Check out his early hit ‘Miserlou’. Wild !!! I wish I’d met him. But truly we all benefit from his trailblazing. Bri
I’m sorry to hear about Dick Dale passing. Dick’s guitar playing was a big influence on all of us, and we covered “… https://t.co/fjptBWBAbq— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) Mon Mar 18 00:55:30 +0000 2019
Dick Dale was DoPE R.I.B— Chuck D (@MrChuckD) Sun Mar 17 21:35:33 +0000 2019
Thank you Dick Dale for all the music 💔 https://t.co/RN9MeTpOtP— Fender (@Fender) Sun Mar 17 21:41:47 +0000 2019
Once I drove an hour and half to see Dick Dale perform at a horse track, and it was wonderful. RIP. https://t.co/ds8OrWKR4N— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) Sun Mar 17 21:18:42 +0000 2019
Rest In Peace Dick Dale... True original, So Cal Surf, American icon and a gentlemen of the highest order. https://t.co/G3Uw5Xk055— Joe Bonamassa (Official) (@JBONAMASSA) Sun Mar 17 20:32:03 +0000 2019
RIP Dick Dale— Joe Satriani (@chickenfootjoe) Sun Mar 17 23:31:21 +0000 2019
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