King of the Surf Guitar! Dick Dale is the soundtrack of the 60's!
"The staccato is so fast it heat-treats the strings.... [And] I grind so hard that the guitar picks just melt down," Dick Dale told Jon Pareles of the New York Times in 1994. Still playing guitar in the frenzied, powerful style that spawned "surf music" in the late 1950s-1960's, Dale was riding a comeback wave in the 1990s.
Hot Hot Hot guitar! I can't have a blog on the 60's without Dick Dale and the Deltones! Here is Dick's site. Dick is battling cancer and all our prayers are with Mr. Dale. We love you and your unrivaled GUITAR! Here is a really fine example of the 1963 Dick Dale and our favorite duet with Dick with Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4, 1937) is a Lebanese American surf rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers,including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier.
He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, "thick, clearly defined tones" at "previously undreamed-of volumes." The "breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique" as well as his showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen