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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 In , Quentin Tarantino used it as the opening music for Pulp Fiction. It just throws down a gauntlet that the movie now has to live up to. After retiring from music in the s, Dale returned to playing in the 80s.
How Dick Dale Changed the Sound of Rock Guitar
Dick Dale: Requiem for the King of the Surf Guitar | Guitarworld
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 learned the piano when he was nine after listening to his aunt playing it.
Dick Dale: Requiem for the King of the Surf Guitar
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. Luckily enough, Southern California was also the home of Leo Fender, a pioneer of the electric guitar.
I have a fond memory of walking with Dick Dale through the corridors of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix some seven years ago. He felt the spirits were calling out to him. Now Dick himself has entered the spirit realm. He left this life March 16, , after a long battle with a number of serious illnesses including rectal cancer, diabetes, kidney failure and a heart condition. But his spirit is still very much with us.