Dick Dale, who is known as the King of Surf Guitar and recorded the hit song "Misirlou," revived on the soundtrack "Pulp Fiction," died on Saturday in a hospital in southern California. He was 81 years old. His death was confirmed by Dusty Watson, a drummer who played live with Mr. Dale. The reason was not immediately known. Dale was a surfer, sound pioneer and guitarist, whose unusual, percusive style of play and heavy, thundering music earned him the nickname Heavy Metal Father and influenced Beach Boys, Cure, Eddie Van Halen and Jimmy Hendrix.
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Mr. Dale was born to Richard Monsure in Boston in 1937. He developed a musical signature influenced by his father's legends in Lebanon and the East European mother, and the hilarious drummer of the big band Jean Krupa
. As a child, Mr. Dale defines the sound of the surfer guitar as a musical expression of the elementary tide of the ocean, its wild waves, its varying cross-currents, and its tides. He played melodies that crossed the rhythm with the determination of a surfer who was moving through excited waves, forcing his triumphant path to deep turbulence. "Surfing music is a heavy staccato style that portrays the power of Mother Nature, our land on our ocean," he told The New York Times in 1994. His almost constant tremolo created friction so intense that it melted the guitar and the guitar strings as he played. the strings, "he said. "They become purple and black and break. And when I play, you'll see plastic shaken – it just falls like snow. I thought it was dandruff. But I was so mild that the guitars just melted away. "
His striving for a sonic impact to match what he felt while he was surfing also led to innovations that would change the technology of electric guitars and amplification.
Fender, one of the electric guitar pilots, worked closely with Mr. Dale to create enough guitar to withstand his style – Mr. Dale called it The Beast – and an amplifier that could summon enough strong enough to perform a dance.
"Leo and I went to the Lansing Speaker," said Mr. Dale in 1994, "and we said," We need a speaker that will not burn, will not bend, will not turn, will not it broke. "
In the rapidly changing 1960s, instrumental surf rock became a bit short on the charts and Beach Boys used it as one of the basics of its pop songs." Mr. Deale's Dealer also opened a Jimmy Hendrix fan as well as to many other guitarists, and decades later, among a generation of indie rockers who appreciate his unexpected sound, in the music industry for 50 years, he first saw Dale play in the Rendezvous ballroom in Newport Beach at the beginning of 60s
"The intensity and volume of the performances were such that the wooden building as if he was rising from the ground when he played, "said Darrow in an interview with music journalist Harvey Kubernik." Until the Beatles came, there was nothing to push the audience to Dick Dale and Del-Tones. . "
" The only real surfing guitarist for me is Dick Dale, "he added." All the others are imitators. " In 1963, Dale's music was catapulted at a national stage when he performed " Misirlou," adaptation of a traditional Arabic song, "The Ed Sullivan Show." The same song went back to mainstream in the 1990s watermelons anthem for the opening of the film Kventin Tarantino 'film of cellulose. "
Watson, who has been playing live with Mr. Dale for more than a decade, said that Mr. Dale had been ill for some time, but that "he was such a bull," he thought he would "master."
an incredible loss of music, he said. The survivors of Dale are his wife and manager Lana Dale and his son Jimmy.
For years, Mr. Dale was struggling with health problems, including rectal cancer and kidney failure. But he did the pain.
"Do not worry about yesterday and do not worry about tomorrow," said Mr. Dale to California Rocker, an online music publication in 2015. "Do not worry about yesterday because it's used. Either good or makes you feel bad. And do not waste time or energy to worry about tomorrow. I can get a stroke and be dead. That's why they call it the present. This is a gift. "
Music is medicine for him.
"I have to perform to stay alive," he said once.