Dick Dale, guitarist
Guitarist ~ Singer
Dick Dale & the Del-tones
birth name: Richard Anthony Monsour

Dick Dale

May 4, 1937, Boston, MA

Dale is a true American hero. ~ Vice.com: Dick Dale interview ~ December 4, 2012 © Vice

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May 4, 1963 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (4) Peter, Paul & Mary, Puff (The Magic Dragon) ~ #2 (2) Andy Williams, Can't Get used To Losing You ~ #1 (1) Little Peggy March, I Will Follow Him

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Leo Fender gave the Fender Stratocaster along with a Fender Amp to Dale and told him to beat it to death and tell him what he thought of it. Dale took the guitar and started to beat it to death, and he blew up Leo Fender's amp and blew out the speaker. Dale proceeded to blow up forty nine amps and speakers; they would actually catch on fire. Leo would say, “Dick, why do you have to play so loud?” Dale would explain that he wanted to create the sound of Gene Krupa the famous jazz drummer that created the sounds of the native dancers in the jungles along with the roar of mother nature's creature's and the roar of the ocean. ~ DickDale.com: Dick Dale ~ retrieved July 12, 2013 © DickDale.com

Dick Dale ~ Ranked #74 Rolling Stone 100 Greatest Guitarists in 2011 ~ “I wanted my guitar to sound like Gene Krupa's drums,” Dick Dale said, and the hyperpercussive style he invented for his jukebox wonders […] pioneered the sound of surf rock. ~ 2011 © Rolling Stone

In 2012 the #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time included two Dick Dale albums ~ #445 Mr. Eliminator (1964) ~ #218 Surfer's Choice (1962)

Dick Dale & the Del-Tones ~ Let's Go Trippin' ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.



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