Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale, whose song Misirlou played over the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, has died aged Dale was known for his blindingly fast strumming style, which inspired acts like The Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix. He said the sound reminded him of the rumble and crash of the waves, and the noises of marine animals as he surfed in California. The cause of death is not yet known, but the guitarist had a long history of ill health, including renal failure, diabetes and cancer. Celebrities and fans have been paying tribute to the musician referred to as the "King of the Surf Guitar" and the "Pied Piper of Balboa Beach", with many describing him as a "true innovator".
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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. No cause of death was immediately reported. Dale — who played his guitars left-handed and upside down, with the bass strings on the bottom — added Middle Eastern and Mexican strains to the melodic patterns of s instrumental rock. Then he and his band, the Del-Tones, cranked up the reverb and speeded it all up to rocket pace, creating a loud, fierce sonic attack famous for overpowering amplifiers, which would, on occasion, literally explode or catch fire on stage. Dale was close friends with Leo Fender, the inventor of the Stratocaster, which helped to revolutionize rock guitar, and together, they invented the first watt amplifier to handle the input with which Dale had destroyed an estimated 48 standard watt boxes, according to Fender's company.
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On his fourth album for Capitol Records, 's Summer Surf , Dick Dale seemed to be aiming for a glossier and more elaborate sound, and the production shows the occasional influences of Phil Spector and Brian Wilson , then the reigning titans of West Coast studiocraft. Similarly, "Banzai Washout" marries Dale 's trademark guitar attack to a big studio band, and this time the concept works like a charm. However, for every successful experiment on Summer Surf , there are some severe miscalculations, such as the groan-inducing novelty tune "Mama's Gone Surfin'," the curious gospel-influenced "Glory Wave," and Dale 's wobbly trumpet-led cover of "Never on Sunday. And many of the other tracks are simply dull, hardly disastrous but not much to write home about, either. Summer Surf proved to be Dale 's last studio album for Capitol, and since then he's preferred to work with independent labels where he's allowed to follow his own muse on his own terms, a lesson that seems especially valuable after listening to this album.
Dick Dale -- one of the most influential guitarists and rock 'n' roll artists of all time -- has died TMZ has confirmed. Dick passed away Saturday, according to Sam Bolle , Dick's former live bassist.