Screenshot 2019-03-17 at 23.35.36Legendary surf guitar player Dick Dale has died at 81.

The innovative guitarist was one of the key architects in the form and is part of mainstream culture due to his classic Misirlou song being the theme to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction movie. The song saw Dale take a traditional Greek folk song and turn it into a sped-up, one-string performance, which became a national sensation after Dale performed it on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1962. In 1994, Quentin Tarantino used it as the opening music for his movie.

Mixing his middle eastern background, lots of reverb and his rapid picking style Dale, born Richard Anthony Monsour in May 1937, virtually created a whole style of music

His fifth single, 1961’s Let’s Go Trippin’, is considered the first surf rock instrumental and has been credited with launching the early 1960s craze. The Beach Boys’ “vocal” surf pioneered the sound’s second wave.

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  1. I’m sorry to hear of his passing. His music influenced. Just to correct a mistake in this article. -Misrilou was written by Michalis Patrinos rebetiko band in Athens, Greece in 1927.

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