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. While Dick Dale is known as the King of the Surf Guitar, his influence extends far beyond any single genre. A quintessential rock and roll outsider, he was one of the primordial axemen who established that rock guitar playing is all about pushing the envelope - louder, faster, harder.
The Beast did not have any tone controls, only a master volume and a toggle that bypassed the three-way switch to activate the neck and middle pickup only. To remedy this problem, Fender created the first watt transformer, which peaked at watts.
Dale and Fender would continue to work together on upping the ante, building a speaker cabinet that could house two inch speakers to sustain his vicious riffage.
Of course, that needed an even bigger transformer, so they teamed with the Triad Company to design a watt version that peaked at watts. Thus, the Dual Showman was born, a revered game-changer. In addition to his amp innovations, Dale was one of the first to use reverb.
At first, he implemented it into his arsenal to enhance his voice when performing live to add vibrato. From that point forward, reverb became synonymous with surf music.
Yes, Guitar Player once named Dale the progenitor of metal, with his breakneck speed and electric stage presence. The surf genre that Dale championed had a direct influence on another SoCal guitarist-Eddie Van Halen. But he retired from music in after being diagnosed with rectal cancer. After beating the disease, he pursued dozens of other interests from caring for endangered animals to obtaining a pilot's licence.
After picking up a pollution-related infection while surfing inhe also became an environmental campaigner. He returned to music in the s, and continued to tour until his death, against the advice of his doctors.
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He also praised his wife, Lana, in the interview as "the one who brought me back". Rest In Peace Dick Dale True original, So Cal Surf, American icon and a gentlemen of the highest order.
Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar I seldom missed him play live anywhere in Southern California- there was always inspiration to be gained. A true legend!
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Dale is survived by Lana and his son, Jimmie. Dick Dale was DoPE R. His next album, King of the Surf Guitarappeared in It helped transform Dale from a regional SoCal hit-maker to a nationwide star.
We caught up with Dick Dale, the now year-old cancer survivor and peer-appointed King of Surf Guitar, to hear stories from the battlefield. And remember the Hendrix quote, "You'll never hear surf music again?". Well, according to Dick Dale, "That's a big lie.".Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins The King of Surf Guitar himself joins us for an evening of insight, dialogue and music. Be sure to check out all of our Guitar Center Sessions videos!Author: Guitar Center Music legend Dick Dale talks about the early days, his association with Leo Fender and the new Dick Dale Signature Acoustic Guitar from knitswhereitsat.com: HarmonyCentral
The British Invasion cut into surf music sales. Dale had a falling out with his father and manager of many years. And inhe was diagnosed with rectal cancer.
Instead he found a new way of life. He hooked up with Ed Parker, founder of the American Kenpo school of martial arts and a personal trainer to Elvis Presley.
The Kenpo exercises and physical discipline helped nurse Dale back to health. In Hawaii and California he spent time studying with monks from the Shaolin Temple in China, an ancient seat of Chan Buddhism - the Chinese antecedent to Japanese Zen Buddhism - and the Shaolin school of kung fu.
So Dale bounced back, something he was good at doing. Most of his life was filled with ups and downs - severe health challenges and financial setbacks - but he never lost his spirit.
But he lost it all when the couple divorced in As a result, he became an environmental activist. By this point he was also an animal rights activist and a vegetarian. Clean living helped him overcome numerous cancer recurrences.
Dale claimed that he never drank alcohol or did drugs in his entire life. The Eighties saw a revival of interest in Dale.
While Dick Dale is known as the King of the Surf Guitar, his influence extends far beyond any single genre. A quintessential rock and roll outsider, he was one of the primordial axemen who established that rock guitar playing is all about pushing the envelope - louder, faster, harder. In the eternal quest for six-string satori, Dale is one of Estimated Reading Time: 7 mins Surf guitar pioneer Dick Dale, whose song Misirlou played over the opening credits to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction, has died aged Dale Estimated Reading Time: 6 mins
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