Dick Dale & His Del-Tones

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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 repertoire 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 Capitol Records in 1963. Apparently, there were frequent line up changes in the Del-Tones. On the albums released by Capitol, 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.
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LPM 1001 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Surfers' Choice album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Surfers' Choice (Album) Deltone Records LPM 1001 US 1962 Sell This Version
T-2002 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Checkered Flag album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Checkered Flag (Album) Capitol Records T-2002 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
ST 1930 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - King Of The Surf Guitar album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* King Of The Surf Guitar (Album) Capitol Records ST 1930 US 1963 Sell This Version
T 2053 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Mr. Eliminator album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Mr. Eliminator (Album) Capitol Records T 2053 US 1964 Sell This Version
T 2111 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Summer Surf album art Dick Dale And His Del-tones* Summer Surf (Album) Capitol Records T 2111 US 1964 Sell This Version
smk 83 988 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Rock Out With Dick Dale And His Del-Tones Live At Ciro's album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Rock Out With Dick Dale And 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 album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Greatest Hits GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo GNPS-2095, L25256 Australia 1975 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

5018 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Jungle Fever album art Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Jungle Fever Deltone Records 5018 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-5017 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Let's Go Trippin' / Del-Tone Rock album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Let's Go Trippin' / Del-Tone Rock (Single) Deltone Records 45-5017 US 1961 Sell This Version
45-5020 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Peppermint Man / Surf Beat album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Peppermint Man / Surf Beat (Single) Deltone Records 45-5020 US 1962 Sell This Version
8647X Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Miserlou / Eight Till Midnight album art Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Miserlou / Eight Till Midnight (Single) Deltone Records 8647X Canada 1962 Sell This Version
7C 11.030 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Surfin' And A-Swingin' / Secret Surfin' Spot album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Surfin' And A-Swingin' / Secret Surfin' Spot (Single) Capitol Records 7C 11.030 Brazil 1963 Sell This Version
4963 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - King Of The Surf Guitar / Hava Nagila album art Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* King Of The Surf Guitar / Hava Nagila (Single) Capitol Records 4963 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
CL15320 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Wild Ideas / The Scavenger album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Wild Ideas / The Scavenger (Single) Capitol Records CL15320 UK 1963 Sell This Version
EAP 4-1886 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - The Dynamic Dick Dale album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* The Dynamic Dick Dale(7", EP) Capitol Records EAP 4-1886 Italy 1963 Sell This Version
CAPF-103 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Kansas City / Wild Ideas album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Kansas City / Wild Ideas(7", Single, Jukebox, Promo) Capitol Records CAPF-103 France 1963 Sell This Version
EAP 1-20475 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Surfer's Choice album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Surfer's Choice(7", EP) Capitol Records EAP 1-20475 Spain 1963 Sell This Version
4F 192 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Peppermint Man / Misirlou album art Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Peppermint Man / Misirlou(7", Single) Capitol Records 4F 192 Denmark 1963 Sell This Version
5225 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Glory Wave / Never On Sunday album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Glory Wave / Never On Sunday Capitol Records 5225 US 1964 Sell This Version
K 22 654, F 80529 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Mag Wheels/The Scavenger album art Dick Dale And The Del-Tones* Mag Wheels/The Scavenger(7", Single) Capitol Records, Capitol Records K 22 654, F 80529 Germany 1964 Sell This Version
5140 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Mr. Eliminator / The Victor album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Mr. Eliminator / The Victor(7", Single) Capitol Records 5140 US 1964 Sell This Version
CR-1042 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - King Of The Surf Guitar / Mexico album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones King Of The Surf Guitar / Mexico(7", Single) Capitol Records CR-1042 Japan 1964 Sell This Version
5389 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Let's Go Trippin' 65 / Watusi Jo album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Let's Go Trippin' 65 / Watusi Jo (Single) Capitol Records 5389 US 1965 Sell This Version
CP-4092 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Let's Go Trippin' '65 + 3 album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Let's Go Trippin' '65 + 3 (EP) Capitol Records CP-4092 Japan 1965 Sell This Version
4F 197 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Thunder Wave / Spanish Kiss album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Thunder Wave / Spanish Kiss(7", Single) Capitol Records 4F 197 Sweden 1966 Sell This Version

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February 27, 2019
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.

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