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Dick Dale

Background information
Birth name Richard Anthony Monsour
Born May 4, 1937
U.S. flag Quincy, Massachusetts, United States
Genre(s) Surf rock
Associated
acts
Del-Tones
Website dickdale.com

Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4, 1937, in Quincy, Massachusetts) is a pioneer of surf rock and one of the most influential guitarists of the early 1960s. He experimented with reverb and made use of custom made Fender amplifiers. Image File history File links Dick-dale. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_USA.svg‎ REDIRECT File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Elvis Presley Stevie Nicks Jodie Foster Janet Jackson Meryl Streep Jessica Lange Faye Dunaway Madonna (entertainer) Trent Reznor Diana Ross User:Mtiedemann...   Settled: 1625 â€“ Incorporated: 1792 Zip Code(s): 02169, 02170, 02171 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://ci. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... Dick Dale (born September 14, 1926) is an American singer and musician, best known as a featured singer and saxophone player on the TV variety show The Lawrence Welk Show. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (125th in leap years). ... 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...   Settled: 1625 â€“ Incorporated: 1792 Zip Code(s): 02169, 02170, 02171 â€“ Area Code(s): 617 / 857 Official website: http://ci. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... In the early 1960s, one of the most popular forms of rock and roll was surf rock. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... When sound is produced in an enclosed space multiple reflections build up and blend together creating reverberation or reverb. ... It has been suggested that Fender Amplifier History be merged into this article or section. ...

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Biography

He was born to a Lebanese father and a Polish mother, and soon learned to play the drums, the ukulele, the trumpet and finally the guitar. Among his early musical influences was his uncle, an oud player performing belly dance music. Much of his early music shows a middle eastern influence; Dale is often credited as one of the first electric guitarist to employ exotic scales in his playing. Dale himself was an expert surfer and wanted his music to reflect the sounds he heard in his mind while surfing. While he is primarily known for introducing the use of guitar reverb, which has since become a staple of the surf sound, it was Dale's fast staccato picking that was his trademark. Since Dale was left-handed he was initially forced to play a right-handed model, much like later guitarist Jimi Hendrix would do years later. However, he did so without restringing the guitar, leading him to effectively play the guitar upside-down (while Hendrix would restring his guitar) and often plays by reaching over the fretboard rather than wrap his fingers up from underneath. Even after he acquired a proper left-handed guitar, Dale continued to use his reverse stringing. Dale is also noted for playing his percussive, heavy bending style while using what are, for most guitarists, extremely heavy gauge string sets.(for example, a standard electric guitar string set will start with a .009 - .011 high E string; Dale's high E is strung with a .017 gauge string) For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Ukulele The ukulele (ʻukulele in Hawaiian and standard Hawaiian English; pronounced , or the Anglicised ), or uke, is a fretted string instrument which is, in its construction, essentially a smaller, four-stringed version of the guitar. ... Trumpeter redirects to here. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Front and rear views of an oud. ... Raqs Sharqi dancer Chryssanthi Sahar Scharf, Heidelberg. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


With his backing band, The Del-Tones, Dale's live performances became huge local draws. 1961's "Let's Go Trippin'" is often regarded as the first surf rock song. This was followed by more locally-released songs, including "Jungle Fever" and "Surf Beat" on his own Deltone label. His first full-length album was Surfers' Choice in 1962. The album was picked up by Capitol Records and distributed nationally, and Dale soon began appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show and in films. His second album was named after his performing nickname, King of the Surf Guitar. See also: 1960 in music, other events of 1961, 1962 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 15 - Motown Records signs The Supremes January 20 - Francis Poulencs Gloria is premiered in Boston February 12 - The Miracles Shop Around becomes Motowns first... Lets Go Trippin is a song by Dick Dale. ... Surfers Choice is an album of surf music by Dick Dale and his Del-Tones, pioneers in the surf genre. ... See also: 1961 in music, other events of 1962, 1963 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - The Beatles and Brian Poole and the Tremeloes both audition at Decca Records, a company which has the option of signing one group only. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... The Ed Sullivan Show was an American television variety show that ran from June 20, 1948, to June 6, 1971, and was hosted by Ed Sullivan. ... King of the Surf Guitar is an album by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones. ...


Though surf rock became nationally popular in the U.S. briefly, the British Invasion began to overtake the American charts in 1964. Though he continued performing live, Dale was soon set back by rectal cancer. He recovered, though, and retired from music for a time. In 1979, he almost lost a leg after being injured while swimming; a pollution-related infection made the mild injury much worse. As a result, Dale became an environmental activist and soon began performing again throughout the 1970s and 1980s. He recorded a new album in 1986 and was nominated for a Grammy, and the use of "Misirlou" in the Quentin Tarantino film, Pulp Fiction, earned him a devoted audience. He has released several albums since and continues to actively perform. For other uses, see British Invasion (disambiguation). ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... Diagram of the stomach, colon, and rectum Colorectal cancer, also called colon cancer or bowel cancer, includes cancerous growths in the colon, rectum and appendix. ... For the Smashing Pumpkins song, see 1979 (song). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... See also: 1985 in music, other events of 1986, 1987 in music, 1980s in music and the list of years in music // January 23 - The first induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis... Misirlou (Greek: Μισιρλού, Egyptian Girl; Hellenized form of Turkish Mısırlı - Egyptian, from Arabic مصر, Miṣr, Egypt), is a popular Greek song with a cult-like popularity in four very diverse styles of music: Greek rebetiko, Middle-Eastern belly dancing, Jewish wedding music (Klezmer), and American surf rock. ... Quentin Jerome Tarantino (born March 27, 1963) is an American film director, actor, and Oscar-winning screenwriter. ... This article is about the film. ...


In 1993 he recorded a guitar solo with a Southern California indie band "The Pagodas" (David Lane & John Purcell) which was released as a vinyl single.


In the late 1990s, he recorded a surf-rock version of Camille Saint-SaĆ«ns's "Aquarium" from The Carnival of the Animals for the musical score of the indoor roller coaster, Space Mountain at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Charles Camille Saint-Saëns () (9 October 1835 – 16 December 1921) was a French composer and performer, best known for his orchestral work The Carnival of the Animals. ... The Carnival of the Animals (French: Le carnaval des animaux) is a musical suite of 14 movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. ... Space Mountain is the name given to a popular genre or series of enclosed roller coaster rides at five Disney theme parks around the world. ... Disneyland (since 1998 officially Disneyland Park, to distinguish it from the Disneyland Resort complex of which it is a part), is a theme park in Anaheim, California, USA (28 miles from Downtown Los Angeles). ... Location of Anaheim within Orange County, California Coordinates: Country United States State California County Orange Mayor Curt Pringle Area    - City 130. ...


Of recent interest, the Black Eyed Peas song "Pump It" (from the 2005 album Monkey Business) heavily samples Dale's "Misirlou". "Misirlou" is also featured in the PlayStation 2 video game, Guitar Hero II, as well as the Wii launch title Rayman Raving Rabbids. The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip-hop (musical styles crossover rap/hip hop and alternative rap/hip hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. ... Pump It is a song by The Black Eyed Peas that incorporates music from the Dick Dale version of the song Misirlou (known by many for being featured on the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Monkey Business is the fourth album by The Black Eyed Peas, released in various countries in late May to early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Misirlou (Greek: Μισιρλού, Egyptian Girl; Hellenized form of Turkish Mısırlı - Egyptian, from Arabic مصر, Miṣr, Egypt), is a popular Greek song with a cult-like popularity in four very diverse styles of music: Greek rebetiko, Middle-Eastern belly dancing, Jewish wedding music (Klezmer), and American surf rock. ... The PlayStation 2 (PS2) ) is Sonys second video game console, the successor to the PlayStation and the predecessor to the PlayStation 3. ... Guitar Hero II is a music video game and sequel to the original Guitar Hero, released for the Sony PlayStation 2[1] video game console and pending release for the Xbox 360. ... The Wii (pronounced as the pronoun we, IPA: ) is the fifth video game console released by Nintendo. ... Rayman Raving Rabbids is the fourth major installment in the popular Rayman series, and was a launch title for Nintendos Wii console. ...


Peel Sessions

Dick Dale made four recordings for John Peel's Peel Sessions Autobiography John Robert Parker Ravenscroft, OBE (30 August 1939 – 25 October 2004), known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, and journalist. ...

  1. March 30, 1995 (Maida Vale 4)
  2. July 10, 1995 (3 Mcr.)
  3. August 28, 2002 (Maida Vale 4)
  4. March 24, 2004 (Maida Vale 4)

(Taken from the BBC Radio 1 John Peel minisite; see external links) March 30 is the 89th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in a leap year). ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 10 is the 191st day (192nd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 174 days remaining. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... August 28 is the 240th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (241st in leap years), with 125 days remaining. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... March 24 is the 83rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (84th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Peel later selected Let's Go Trippin' as the theme tune for his BBC Radio 4 series Home Truths. Lets Go Trippin is a song by Dick Dale. ... BBC Radio 4 is a British domestic radio station which broadcasts a wide variety of chiefly spoken-word programmes including news, drama, comedy, science and history. ... Home Truths is a weekly BBC Radio 4 programme which was created in 1997 and was originally hosted by the DJ and presenter John Peel until his death in October 2004. ...


Discography

Albums

  • Checkered Flag (Capitol 1963)
  • Mr. Eliminator (Capitol 1964)
  • Summer Surf (Capitol 1964)
  • Rock out with Dick Dale and his Del-Tones: Live at Ciro's (Capitol 1965)
  • The Tigers Loose (Balboa 1983)
  • Tribal Thunder (HighTone 1993)
  • Unknown Territory (1994)
  • Calling Up Spirits (Beggars Banquet 1996)
  • Spacial Disorientation (Dick Dale Records / The Orchard 2001)
  • Guitar Legend Dick Dale Live at the Hard Rock Cafe, Dallas, Texas (Dick Dale Records, 2006)

Surfers Choice is an album of surf music by Dick Dale and his Del-Tones, pioneers in the surf genre. ... King of the Surf Guitar is an album by Dick Dale and His Del-Tones. ...

Singles

  • Let's Go Trippin'/Del-Tone Rock (Deltone 1961)
  • Jungle Fever/Shake-N-Stomp (Deltone 1961)
  • Misirlou/Eight 'Til Midnight (Deltone 1962)
  • Secret Surfin Spot/Surfin' and Swingin' (Capitol 1963)
  • Let's Go Trippin' '65/Watusi Jo (Capitol 1965)
  • "Pipeline" With Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nominated for a Grammy

Lets Go Trippin is a song by Dick Dale. ... Misirlou (Greek: Μισιρλού, Egyptian Girl; Hellenized form of Turkish Mısırlı - Egyptian, from Arabic مصر, Miṣr, Egypt), is a popular Greek song with a cult-like popularity in four very diverse styles of music: Greek rebetiko, Middle-Eastern belly dancing, Jewish wedding music (Klezmer), and American surf rock. ...

Compilations/Anthologies/Soundtracks

  • Hot Rod Music on Capitol (Capitol 1963)
  • The Big Surfin' Sounds on Capitol (Capitol 1964)
  • Golden Summer (United Artists 1976)
  • King of the Surf Guitar: The Best of Dick Dale & The Del-Tones (Rhino 1986)
  • Pulp Fiction Soundtrack (MCA 1994)
  • Cowabunga Surf Box Set (Rhino 1996)
  • Rocket Jockey (Rocket Science Games/SegaSoft 1996)
  • Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology (Rhino 1997)
  • MOM II Music for our Mother Ocean: (Surf Dog Records 1997)

Pulp Fiction is the soundtrack to Quentin Tarantinos film of the same title, released in 1994. ... Rocket Jockey was a PC game created by Rocket Science Games and produced by SegaSoft in 1996. ... Rocket Science Games was a video game developer that created games for consoles and computers from 1994 to 1997. ... SegaSoft, headquartered in Redwood City, California was a joint venture Sega and CSK, created to develop and publish single and multiplayer games for the PC, primarily in the North American marketplace. ...

Samples

Pump It is a song by The Black Eyed Peas that incorporates music from the Dick Dale version of the song Misirlou (known by many for being featured on the Quentin Tarantino movie Pulp Fiction). ... The Black Eyed Peas are an American hip-hop (musical styles crossover rap/hip hop and alternative rap/hip hop) group from Los Angeles, California, who have enjoyed international pop success. ... Monkey Business is the fourth album by The Black Eyed Peas, released in various countries in late May to early June 2005 (see 2005 in music). ... Interscope Records is a record label currently owned by the Universal Music Group. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
Dick Dale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (686 words)
Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Mansour on May 4, 1937, in Quincy, Massachusetts) is a pioneer of surf rock and one of the most influential guitarists of the early 1960s.
When Dale started surfing he became so fascinated that he began seeking ways of channeling the energy and power of the sport through his guitar playing.
Since Dale was left-handed he was initially forced to play a right-handed model, much like Jimi Hendrix would do years later.
Dick Dale (1023 words)
Dick Dale wasn't nicknamed "King of the Surf Guitar" for nothing: he pretty much invented the style single-handedly, and no matter who copied or expanded upon his blueprint, he remained the fieriest, most technically gifted musician the genre ever produced.
Dale's pioneering use of Middle Eastern and Eastern European melodies (learned organically through his familial heritage) was among the first in any genre of American popular music, and predated the teaching of such "exotic" scales in guitar-shredder academies by two decades.
Dick Dale was born Richard Monsour in Boston in 1937; his father was Lebanese, his mother Polish.
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