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Dick Dale

Dick Dale

Innovative guitarist Dick Dale passed away this week at age 81. Dale brought his unique brand of surf guitar to the masses with a series of recordings originally released on his own Deltone Records, later released on Capitol Records alongside The Beach Boys. He was known for folding Middle Eastern flourishes into his style, and for his heavy use of reverb, which influnced artists that came after him like Jimi Hendrix. He was also known for playing loud and hard, utilizing heavy gauge strings to acheive his signature sound, long before metal heads pushed the volume to 11. His style of surf rock was exclipsed by the 1960s British Invasion, but he was able to start touring again in the mid-1990s when the Quentin Tarentino film Pulp Fiction featured his 1962 record, "Miserlou," in a pivotal scene. Dale continued touring and playing for the rest of his life.

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