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Dick Dale, the king of surf guitar, dies at 81

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  • Dick Dale, the king of surf guitar, dies at 81

    Dick Dale, universally hailed as the king of the 1960s surf guitar sound that heavily influenced the development of rock 'n' roll guitar — and of rock 'n' roll guitars themselves — has died at age 81. He had recently been in treatment for cancer, from which he had twice previously recovered.
    Dale's death was reported by The Guardian and confirmed on Facebook by Dusty Watson, his former longtime drummer. No cause of death was immediately reported.
    Dale — who played his guitars left-handed and upside down, with the bass strings on the bottom — added Middle Eastern and Mexican strains to the melodic patterns of 1950s instrumental rock. Then he and his band, the Del-Tones, cranked up the reverb and speeded it all up to rocket pace, creating a loud, fierce sonic attack famous for overpowering amplifiers, which would, on occasion, literally explode or catch fire on stage.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/pop-culture/...ies-81-n984246
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    While I can only take it in small doses, I really like Dick Dale and surf guitar as a genre.
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      I was never really all that into the surfin' sound, but Dick could flat out play a guitar.
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        I didn't realize Dale was the son of Lebanese immigrants until I read his obituary.

        Danny Thomas was of Lebanese descent. Many entertainers with roots in the Middle East. Paul Anka is of Syrian descent born in Canada.
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