Real Name:
Richard Anthony Monsour
Profile:
American guitarist and record label owner.
Born: 4th May 1937, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 16th March 2019, Loma Linda, California, USA
Dale helped pioneer the sounds of surf music and has been proclaimed "King of the Surf Guitar". The 1961 single Let's Go Trippin' on his own Deltone Records is considered the first surf record. Wanting his playing to reflect the sounds and feeling of surfing, Dale used staccato picking on heavy gauge strings and heavily reverbed amplification (although this was not present on his initial recordings), which he worked closely with Leo Fender to help develop custon-made amplifiers. Dick is also a self-taught player, learning to play left-handed on a right-handed guitar without restringing the instrument (even in his late years, he still played with the guitar strung upside down). His playing often displayed a Middle-Eastern influence which came from his father's family (who is Lebanese).

Dale started out playing around southern California with his backing band, the Del-Tones, in the late 1950s. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones became a popular attraction around southern California and Dick had appearances in a number of 1960's "beach" movies. Early records were released by Dick's father, Jim Monsour on the Deltone Records imprint. Dick later signed to Capital Records and issued for 4 studio LPs (there were frequent line up changes in the Deltones and the Capital LPs featured Dick backed by mostly studio musicians). A bout with rectal cancer forced Dick's retirement in 1965 but he returned in the 1970s', reviving the Del-Tone name for a time. He eventually dropped the Del-Tone name a released several solo albums in the 1990s and early 2000s.
In 1994, his biggest hit 'Miserlou' gained popularity again by being chosen as opening tune for the Quentin Tarantino film 'Pulp Fiction'.
Although his studio output in the new millenium was sparse, Dick continued to perform live. In early 2008, Dick announced that his rectal cancer had returned and he was in the process of receiving treatment.
He returned to touring work in 2009 and has toured up until being treated again, this time für heart failure and kidney failure which finally led to his death at the age of 81.
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Albums

T 2112 Dick Dale - Surf Age album art Jerry Cole And His Spacemen Thunder Wave and 1 more… Jerry Cole And His Spacemen - Surf Age(LP, Album, Mono + 7", Ins) Capitol Records T 2112 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - In Concert  album art Lawrence Welk And His Musical Family Tiny Bubbles Lawrence Welk And His Musical Family - In Concert Ranwood US 1973 Sell This Version
HL 1006 Dick Dale - The Lawrence Welk Musical Family Reunion album art Lawrence Welk Shenandoah Lawrence Welk - The Lawrence Welk Musical Family Reunion(LP) Heartland Music HL 1006 US 1983 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Back To The Beach album art Various Pipeline Various - Back To The Beach (Comp, Album) Columbia US 1987 Sell This Version
T 3658 Dick Dale - La Bamba - Original Soundtrack album art Various Pipeline Various - La Bamba - Original Soundtrack(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Team Records (4) T 3658 Indonesia 1987 Sell This Version
74321 424932 Dick Dale - 50 The Soundtrack album art Herman Brood Jungle Herman Brood - 50 The Soundtrack(CD, Album) BMG The Netherlands, Ariola 74321 424932 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
7243 8 42088 2 0 Dick Dale - Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends album art Various Misirlou Various - Fender 50th Anniversary Guitar Legends(CD, Album, Promo) Pointblank, Virgin 7243 8 42088 2 0 US 1996 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Mom II - Music For Our Mother Ocean album art Various Closing and 2 more… Various - Mom II - Music For Our Mother Ocean (Comp, Album) Interscope Records Canada 1997 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Surfers' Choice album art Dick Dale and His Del-Tones* Ooh-Wee-Marie and 5 more… Dick Dale and His Del-Tones* - Surfers' Choice (Album) Hoodoo Records Europe 2013 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

PRO 2662 Dick Dale - The Big Surfing Sounds Are On Capitol album art Various Thunder Wave Various - The Big Surfing Sounds Are On Capitol(7", EP, Mono, Promo) Capitol Records PRO 2662 US 1964 Sell This Version

Compilations

CX-3 Dick Dale - A-One A-Two---! This Is Lawrence Welk album art Lawrence Welk I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face Lawrence Welk - A-One A-Two---! This Is Lawrence Welk(2xLP, Comp, Mono) Coral CX-3 US 1959 Sell This Version
PRO 2376, PRO 2377 Dick Dale - Exciting New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World - June 1963 album art Various King Of The Surf Guitar Various - Exciting New Releases From The Sound Capitol Of The World - June 1963(LP, Comp, Promo) Capitol Records, Capitol Records PRO 2376, PRO 2377 Canada 1963 Sell This Version
DS 2311 Dick Dale - Teen Dance Time album art Various Latin Soul Various - Teen Dance Time(LP, Comp) Diplomat Records DS 2311 US 1963 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Surfing album art Various We'll Never Hear The End Of It and 1 more… Various - Surfing (Comp) Guest Star US 1964 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Big Hot Rod Hits! album art Various The Scavenger and 2 more… Various - Big Hot Rod Hits! (Album, Comp) Capitol Records, Capitol Records US 1964 Sell This Version
CR 7042 Dick Dale - Surfin' No. 1 album art Various Misirlou and 3 more… Various - Surfin' No. 1(LP, Comp, Red) Capitol Records CR 7042 Japan 1965 Sell This Version
7301 Various Miserlou Various - Archive Series Volume 1(LP, Comp) NPR Records 7301 Germany 1973 Sell This Version
9 D02 HB Dick Dale - The Lawrence Welk Story album art Lawrence Welk Stars Fell On Alabama Lawrence Welk - The Lawrence Welk Story(6xLP + Box, Comp) GRT 9 D02 HB US 1974 Sell This Version
Nr. 4400 Dick Dale - Rock And Roll For Collectors Vol. 1 album art Various Deltone Rock Various - Rock And Roll For Collectors Vol. 1(LP, Comp) Knockville Records Nr. 4400 Netherlands 1974 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Rock'N'Roll At The Capitol Tower Volume 2 album art Various Night Rider and 5 more… Various - Rock'N'Roll At The Capitol Tower Volume 2 (Comp) Capitol Records France 1977 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Cool Baby Cool album art Various Surfin' Drums Various - Cool Baby Cool (Comp) Eagle Records (8), Eagle Records (8) Germany 1980 Sell This Version
101 Dick Dale - Rock'N'Roll For Collectors Vol. 1 album art Various Jessie Pearl Various - Rock'N'Roll For Collectors Vol. 1(LP, Comp) Fifth-Eight Records 101 1980 Sell This Version
ECS 91028 Dick Dale - Surfin' & Hot Rod Best 20 album art Various Misirlou and 4 more… Various - Surfin' & Hot Rod Best 20(LP, Comp) Capitol Records ECS 91028 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Bustin' Surfboards album art Various The Victor Various - Bustin' Surfboards (Comp) GNP Crescendo US 1982 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - The History Of Surf Music Volume One: Original Instrumental Hits 1961-1963 album art Various Surf Beat and 1 more… Various - The History Of Surf Music Volume One: Original Instrumental Hits 1961-1963 (Comp) Rhino Records (2) US 1982 Sell This Version

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March 18, 2019
R.i.P. DICK DALE, the guitar maestro!
The last time I saw him play at Slim's (the club owned by Boz Scaggs, in San Francisco's SOMA district) where I worked as a bouncer, albeit for only 3 months... Mr. Dale's guitar-techs were these young Japanese kids, whose duties included replenishing his on-guitar-body pick-holders while he solo'ed in the middle of songs!

A true pioneer of fusing middle-Eastern modal melodies with good ol' American rock 'n roll; an essential and important influence on modern Black Metal, too!

Also missing the equally legendary NOKIE EDWARDS (r.i.p.) of THE VENTURES, who passed away a year ago, in March 2018.

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