Dick Dale & The Del Tones "Misirlou" 1963

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25 November 2010: Fifty years ago, Dick Dale’s guitar rumble was a clarion call to would-be surfers coast to coast. Now, the King of Surf Guitar is back with a new collection of greatest hits — and despite recent health problems, the 73-year old musician is about to hit the road again.

At his home, far way from the wild surf that once inspired his music, Dick Dale barrels through an interview like one of his sun-drenched staccato guitar riffs.

Leaning back in the living room of his 80-acre ranch near Joshua Tree, he darts from topic to topic — from his unconventional picking style, to spirituality, to rubbing shoulders with the celebrities who’d drop by the Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Pier in 1962 to check out the hot young lefthanded guitar slinger.

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I've seen Dick many times over the years but the first time I ran into him was the most overpowering experience of my sweet short life at the time. Hollywood Paladium...Teenage fair, 1964. I stood in front of him and was totally blown away by the sea of bass notes he projected at us. I actually cruised Van Nuys blvd. on the way home checking out pawn shops for one of those "Electric Guitars!" Long live the King of the surf guitar!
By PeteMarq 3 years ago