News - March 18, 2019

Surf guitar legend Dick Dale dies, aged 81
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Surf guitar legend Dick Dale dies, aged 81

Guitarist Dick Dale, often described affectionately as the 'King of the Surf Guitar', has passed away at the age of 81. The cause of death has yet to be reported, but the guitarist was known to be suffering from ill health for a number of years and reportedly died on Saturday evening, according to Dale's live bassist Sam Bolle.

Best-known for his hit 'Misirlou', which served as the title them to Quentin Tarantino's 1994 movie Pulp Fiction, Dale burst onto the scene in the 1960s and is credited with being one of the first rock guitarists to use non-Western scales, inventing a unique playing style that became hugely influential on later guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

Dale also worked extensively with manufacturers such as Fender and was one of the people behind the first 100 watt amplifier ever produced.

Since his death, tributes from across the music industry and beyond have poured onto social media, some of which you can find below:

 


 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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