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Dick Dale

voc, g, *1937 US, Boston
Musician of Rock
A.k.a. Richard Anthony Monsour Richard Monsour

Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4, 1937) is an American surf rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered the surf music style, drawing on Eastern musical scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, "thick, clearly defined tones" at "previously undreamed-of volumes." The "breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique" and showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.

     
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Trumpet
  • Backing Vocals
Genres
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Blues
Plays With
The Stompers
Popular Tracks   
Misirlou on Wanna Surf? by Dick Dale
Misirlou (Alternative Take) on Wanna Surf? by Dick Dale
Pipeline on Solos, Sessions & Encores by Stevie Ray Vaughan
King Of The Surf Guitar on King of the Surf Guitar by Dick Dale
Nitro on Tribal Thunder by Dick Dale
Surfin' Drums on Wanna Surf? by Dick Dale
Space Mountain - From "Space Mountain" on Disney Classics by Various Artists
Shake 'n' Stomp on Wanna Surf? by Dick Dale
Nitrus on Calling Up Spirits by Dick Dale
Hava Nagila on King of the Surf Guitar by Dick Dale

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Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
Santa Monica - Live On The PierDick Dale2016Album
Surf BeatDick Dale2013Compil.
King Of The Surf GuitarDick Dale2012Compil.
Tribal Thunder & Unknown TerritoryDick Dale2012Compil.
At The DragsDick Dale2012Compil.
Guitar Legend: The Very Best Of Dick DaleDick Dale2010Compil.
Mr. EliminatorDick Dale2006Compil.
Dick DaleDick Dale2002Compil.
Spacial DisorientationDick Dale2001Album
Spacial DisorientationDick Dale2001Album
Dick Dale's Rock'N'RollDick Dale1998Compil.
Better Shred Than Dead - The Dick Dale AnthologyDick Dale1997Compil.
The Singles & Other Great StuffDick Dale1996Compil.
Calling Up SpiritsDick Dale1996Album
Terra DicktylDick Dale1995Single
The World Of Surfin'Dick Dale, The Original Surfaris, The Fireballs1995Compil.
Unknown TerritoryDick Dale1994Album
Tribal ThunderDick Dale1993Album
RaritiesDick Dale1990Compil.
PipelineStevie Ray Vaughan & Dick Dale1987Album
PipelineStevie Ray Vaughan & Dick Dale1987Single
The Tigers LooseDick Dale1987Album
Flashing Eyes / Taco WagonDick Dale1967Single
Taco Wagon / Spanish KissDick Dale1967Single
The ScavengerDick Dale1964Single
Grudge Run / Wild, Wild MustangDick Dale1964Single
Who Can He BeDick Dale1964Single
The Surf FamilyDick Dale1964Album
Wild Hot Rod WailsDick Dale Also Bo Troy And His Hot Rods1964Album
Spanish Kiss / Thunder WaveDick Dale1964Single
A Run For LifeDick Dale1963Single
Misirlou Twist / Peppermint ManDick Dale1963Single
The RoadsterDick Dale1963Single
The Wedge / Night RiderDick Dale1963Single
The Silver Sounds Of The SurfDick Dale, The Stompers1963Album
Peppermint manDick Dale1963Single
The ScavangerDick Dale1963Single
Surfing Drums / Fanny MaeDick Dale1962Single
St. Louis Blues / Jessie PearlDick Dale1960Single
We'll Never Hear The End Of It / The Fairest Of Them AllDick Dale1960Single
Ooh-Whee-Marie / Breaking HeartDick Dale1958Single
The Wedge ParadisoDick DaleSingle
The Enlistment Twist / Dream Girl WaltzDick Dale And Francine York / Craig Adams And His Country CousinsSingle
Hot Rod Drag RacesDick Dale, The Original Surfaris, The FireballsCompil.
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