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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60444 Dick Dale - Moonlight Bay / Boomp! Pa - Deedle Doddle album art Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Moonlight Bay Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music - Moonlight Bay / Boomp! Pa - Deedle Doddle(10", Promo, Los) Coral 60444 US 1951 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Whispering Heart / Cinco Robles album art Lawrence Welk And His Sparkling Strings Cinco Robles (Five Oaks) Lawrence Welk And His Sparkling Strings - Whispering Heart / Cinco Robles (Single) Coral US 1957 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Favorites album art Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Cinco Robles (Five Oaks) Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music - Favorites (Album) Coral US 1957 Sell This Version
CLP 6301 Dick Dale - The Silver Sounds Of The Surf album art Dick Dale, The Stompers (11) The Fairest and 1 more… Dick Dale, The Stompers (11) - The Silver Sounds Of The Surf(LP, Album) Cloister Records CLP 6301 US 1963 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Play For You album art Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Ive Grown Accustomed To Her Face and 1 more… Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music - Play For You (Album) Vocalion (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Merry Christmas From Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Makers album art Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Makers* Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Makers* - Merry Christmas From Lawrence Welk And His Champagne Music Makers Reader's Digest US 1970 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Greatest Hits album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Greatest Hits (Album) GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo US 1975 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - The Tigers Loose album art Dick Dale Dick Dale - The Tigers Loose (Album) Balboa Records (2) US 1987 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Greatest Hits 1961-1976 album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Greatest Hits 1961-1976 (Comp) GNP Crescendo Japan 1992 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Tribal Thunder album art Dick Dale Dick Dale - Tribal Thunder (Album) Hightone Records US 1993 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Unknown Territory album art Dick Dale Dick Dale - Unknown Territory (Album) Hightone Records US 1994 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Calling Up Spirits album art Dick Dale Dick Dale - Calling Up Spirits (Album) Rough Trade, Beggars Banquet Europe 1996 Sell This Version
R2 72631 Dick Dale - Better Shred Than Dead - The Dick Dale Anthology album art Dick Dale Dick Dale - Better Shred Than Dead - The Dick Dale Anthology(2xCD, Comp, RM, Sle) Rhino Records (2) R2 72631 US 1997 Sell This Version
SLP 5292 Dick Dale - King Of The Surf Guitar album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* - King Of The Surf Guitar(LP, RE, 180) Sundazed Music SLP 5292 US 2010 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Surfers' Choice album art Dick Dale and His Del-Tones* Dick Dale and His Del-Tones* - Surfers' Choice (Album) Hoodoo Records Europe 1962 Sell This Version
1991-2 Dick Dale - April Polka album art Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra True Love Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra - April Polka(7", EP, Promo) RCA Recorded Program Services 1991-2 US Unknown Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

CLP 6301 Dick Dale - The Silver Sounds Of The Surf album art Dick Dale, The Stompers (11) Dick Dale, The Stompers (11) - The Silver Sounds Of The Surf(LP, Album) Cloister Records CLP 6301 US 1963 Sell This Version
CL 15296 Dick Dale - Surf Beat / Peppermint Man album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* - Surf Beat / Peppermint Man(7", Single) Capitol Records CL 15296 UK 1963 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Summer Surf album art Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* Dick Dale And His Del-Tones* - Summer Surf (Album) Capitol Records US 1964 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Two Sides Of The Moon album art Keith Moon Teenage Idol Keith Moon - Two Sides Of The Moon (Album) Polydor Brazil 1975 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Greatest Hits album art Dick Dale & His Del-Tones Dick Dale & His Del-Tones - Greatest Hits (Album) GNP Crescendo, GNP Crescendo US 1975 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Life In The Foodchain album art Tonio K. Tonio K. - Life In The Foodchain (Album) Epic Europe 1978 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - The Tigers Loose album art Dick Dale Dick Dale - The Tigers Loose (Album) Balboa Records (2) US 1987 Sell This Version
Dick Dale - Coast To Coast album art Paul Shaffer Metal Beach Paul Shaffer - Coast To Coast (Album) Capitol Records US 1989 Sell This Version
R2 70720 Dick Dale - Guitar Player Presents Legends Of Guitar - Rock The 60s, Vol. One album art Various Misirlou Various - Guitar Player Presents Legends Of Guitar - Rock The 60s, Vol. One(CD, Comp) Rhino Records (2) R2 70720 US 1990 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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