Guitarist Dick Dale's version of "Misirlou," a traditional melody from the Eastern Mediterranean region where he had family roots, became the golden standard for surf rock and one of the most recognizable riffs ever. You know the alluring, hypnotic melody even if you don't recognize the title, perhaps because Quentin Tarantino revived "Misirlou" for the opening credits of "Pulp Fiction," making it forever synonymous with a debauched, reckless sort of cool. Dale's playing style — fast, gratuitously reverberated, nonconforming to blues traditions — was foundational to garage rock, heavy metal and, of course, surf rock, the subgenre he pioneered, popularized and performed at extraordinary volumes.
He was a pioneer of surf musicdrawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers  including the first-ever watt guitar amplifier.
The "King of Surf Guitar" was found dead at the age of However, a cause of death has not been announced. Details Revealed on New Docuseries.
I n theory at least, Dick Dale should have been a long-forgotten figure. You could hear echoes of his style — fast, very loud and heavy on the staccato picking — in a subsequent generation of virtuoso guitarists: Jimi Hendrix was a fan, but you really noticed his influence a decade later, when heavy metal came to be defined by the frenzied playing of Eddie Van Halen. At the other end of the rock spectrum, there was the Cramps: for all their devotion to the outer fringes of rockabilly, they audibly would not have sounded the way they did had Dale never picked up a guitar.
Omar and Tlaib from visiting the country. Dick Dale, universally hailed as the king of the s surf guitar sound that heavily influenced the development of rock 'n' roll guitar — and of rock 'n' roll guitars themselves — has died at age He had recently been in treatment for cancer, from which he had twice previously recovered.
He was Dale had been in treatment for heart and kidney failure. Dale was a surfer, sound pioneer and guitarist whose unusual, percussive playing style and thick, thunderous music earned him the nickname the Father of Heavy Metal.
He was His bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed the news to the Guardian. His father, Jim, was Lebanese, and as a boy he played the Middle Eastern tarabaki drums at local community festivals. As a boy he played trumpet and ukulele.
Physically and literally, I will die. Each gig remains a show of prowess, but he also enjoys putting the power-picking mystique momentarily aside for rapport with the fellow "sickies" in his audience. He can mean that fairly literally.