The "king of surf guitar" Dick Dale has died at the age of 81. (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019)
Richard Anthony Monsour, better known by his stage name Dick Dale, was a American rock true innovator on the electric guitar.
Raised by Lebanese American family, raised in an immigrant community. In creating surf rock he drew on Middle Eastern sounds, and his most famous recording 'Misirlou' is a version of an old Arabic song.
Dale's playing influenced everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Van Halen, and it's hard to think of a more stereotypically 'American' sound than surf rock -- although that sound was deeply Arab in its roots.
His musical influence was profound and included guitar virtuosos Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan and movie director Quentin Tarantino, who selected Dale's “Miserlou,” as the theme song of his 1994 film “Pulp Fiction.” That helped pull the guitarist back into the pop-culture spotlight.
Happy 82nd Birthday to the late “King of Surf Guitar Dick Dale !!
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