Dick Dale & His Del-Tones

Dick Dale & His Del-Tones

Dick Dale & His Del-Tones were a surf-rock group from southern California. Considered one of the first (if not the first) surf bands, the group was fronted by guitarist/vocalist Dick Dale. Formed in the late '50s, the group was extremely popular on their home turf. Dale's father, Jim Monsour, released several singles and an LP, "Surfer's Choice", (most of which were recorded live) on Deltone Records. The band's repetoire varied between Dick Dale-penned instrumentals and R&B and pop-flavored vocals tracks (usually cover songs) sung by Dale. The group was signed by Capital Records in 1963. Apparently, there were frequent line up changes in the Del-Tones. On the albums released by Capital, Dick Dale was mostly accompanied by studio musicians.

With 1963's "Checkered Flag" and 1964's "Mr. Eliminator", Dick Dale & His Del-Tones switched their focus from surfing to cars, as was the trend at the time, but Dale returned to surfing for "Summer Surf" (also released in 1964), his last record for Capital. In 1965, after being diagnosed with rectal cancer and frustrated with the music industry, Dick Dale retired from music. However, Dale would return to music in the 1970s, reviving the Del-Tone name and performing around southern California. Dale eventually dropped the Del-Tone name altogether and released several albums as a solo artist. Although Dick Dale owned the rights to his old music, including the records on Capital, the old albums remained out of print for a number of years, with only selected tracks appearing on several different "Greatest Hits" compilations. Eventually, Sundazed Music reissued the band's early records in 2006 & 2007.

Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Discography


T 1886 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Surfers' Choice (Album) Deltone Records T 1886 New Zealand 1962 Sell This Version
ST 1930 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* King Of The Surf Guitar (Album) Capitol Records ST 1930 US 1963 Sell This Version
T-2002 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Checkered Flag (Album) Capitol Records T-2002 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
T 2111 Dick Dale And His Del-tones* Summer Surf (Album) Capitol Records T 2111 US 1964 Sell This Version
T 2053 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Mr. Eliminator (Album) Capitol Records T 2053 US 1964 Sell This Version
smk 83 988 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Rock Out With Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Live At Ciro's (Album) Capitol Records, Capitol Records smk 83 988 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
GNPS-2095, L25256 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Greatest Hits GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo GNPS-2095, L25256 Australia 1975 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-5017 Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Let's Go Trippin' / Del-Tone Rock (Single) Deltone Records 45-5017 US 1961 Sell This Version
D-5019 Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Miserlou / Eight Till Midnight (Single) Deltone Records D-5019 US 1962 Sell This Version
4940 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Peppermint Man / Surf Beat (Single) Deltone Records 4940 US 1962 Sell This Version
HF 277 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Surfing Drums / Fanny Mae(7") Capitol Records HF 277 Netherlands 1962 Sell This Version
F.5048 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Wild Ideas / The Scavenger (Single) Capitol Records F.5048 Greece 1963 Sell This Version
5010 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Surfin' And A-Swingin' / Secret Surfin' Spot (Single) Capitol Records 5010 US 1963 Sell This Version
4963 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* King Of The Surf Guitar / Hava Nagila (Single) Capitol Records 4963 US 1963 Sell This Version
CAPF-103 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Kansas City / Wild Ideas(7", Single, Jukebox, Promo) Capitol Records CAPF-103 France 1963 Sell This Version
4F 192 Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Peppermint Man / Misirlou(7", Single) Capitol Records 4F 192 Denmark 1963 Sell This Version
K 22 654, F 80529 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Mag Wheels/The Scavenger(7", Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records K 22 654, F 80529 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
5255 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Never On Sunday / Glory Wave(7") Capitol Records 5255 US 1964 Sell This Version
5140 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Mr. Eliminator / The Victor(7", Single) Capitol Records 5140 US 1964 Sell This Version
5389 Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Let's Go Trippin' 65 / Watusi Jo(7") Capitol Records 5389 US 1965 Sell This Version
GNP 804 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Let's Go Trippin' / Those Memories Of You (Single) GNP Crescendo GNP 804 US 1975 Sell This Version
3PSCD666 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Pick And Play (EP, Single) Pulch Wave Records 3PSCD666 UK 1988 Sell This Version
MCD70002 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Miserlou (Single) MCA Records MCD70002 Spain 1994 Sell This Version
MCD 33558 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Misirlou(CD, Single) MCA Records MCD 33558 Europe 1994 Sell This Version
4939 Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Misirlou / Jessie Pearl(7", Single, RE) Deltone Records 4939 UK 2011 Sell This Version