Dick Dale, the 'King of the Surf Guitar', Dies At Age 81

Updated On 18 Mar, 2019 Published On

Dick Dale, the "King of the Surf Guitar" whose song Misirlou rose to fame in director Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction,” died on Saturday, March 16. He was 81.

His death was confirmed by his bass player, Sam Bolle, to The Post on Sunday. Sam told the outlet, "He was just the ultimate, original badass. He was punk rock 30 years before there was punk rock."

As for the cause of death, sources confirmed that Dale passed away Saturday night after suffering a heart attack.

The legendary surf guitarist formulated the sound and attack of the bred instrumental style in the early '60s in Southern California.

He was the inventor of surf music that eventually became popular trough multiple bands like The Beach Boys.

Dale released records with his band, The Del Tones, which led the way for multiple other acts including the Surfaris, Eddie and the Showmen, the Chantays and the Pyramids.

The writer and surf guitarist, John Blair, described the genesis of the late musician's distinctive and unprecedented sound in his The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music.

Blair wrote,

He attempted to musically reproduce the feeling he had while surfing, and the result of this somewhat nebulous and certainly subjective approach was the surfing music genre. The feeling was one of vibration and pulsification, which he produced by a heavy staccato sound on the low-key strings of his guitar accompanied by a heavy thunder-like beat.

Funeral and memorial services for the late surf guitarist will be announced in the coming days. Rest In Peace Dick Dale!

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