Chanteur, guitariste, trompettiste et batteur Rock 'n' Roll US né  Richard Monsour le 4 Mai 1937 à Quincy (Massachussetts). Dick Dale était surtout un virtuose de la guitare électrique qui a enregistré au début des années soixante chez Del-Tone et Capitol Records. Il ne connut pas le succès de ses rivaux de la Surf Music. Dick Dale est décédé le 16 Mars 2019 à Lorna Linda (Californie)

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. The breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique was unrivalled until it entered the repertoires of metal virtuosos like Eddie Van Halen, and his wild showmanship made an enormous impression on the young Jimi Hendrix. But those aren't the only reasons Dale was once called the father of heavy metal. Working closely with the Fender company, Dale continually pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing the thick, clearly defined tones he heard in his head, at the previously undreamed-of volumes he demanded. He also pioneered the use of portable reverb effects, creating a signature sonic texture for surf instrumentals. And, if all that weren't enough, Dale managed to redefine his instrument while essentially playing it upside-down and backwards -- he switched sides in order to play left-handed, but without re-stringing it (as Hendrix later did).
Dick Dale was born Richard Monsour in Boston in 1937; his father was Lebanese, his mother Polish. As a child, he was exposed to folk music from both cultures, which had an impact on his sense of melody and the ways string instruments could be picked. He also heard lots of big band swing, and found his first musical hero in drummer Gene Krupa, who later wound up influencing a percussive approach to guitar so intense that Dale regularly broke the heaviest-gauge strings available and ground his picks down to nothing several times in the same song. He taught himself to play country songs on the ukulele, and soon graduated to guitar, where he was also self-taught. His father encouraged him and offered career guidance, and in 1954, the family moved to Southern California. At the suggestion of a country DJ, Monsour adopted the stage name Dick Dale, and began performing in local talent shows, where his budding interest in rockabilly made him a popular act. He recorded a demo song, "Ooh-Whee Marie," for the local Del-Fi label, which was later released as a single on his father's new Del-Tone imprint and distributed locally. During the late '50s, Dale also became an avid surfer, and soon set about finding ways to mimic the surging sounds and feelings of the sport and the ocean on his guitar. He quickly developed a highly distinctive instrumental sound, and found an enthusiastic, ready-made audience in his surfer friends. Dale began playing regular gigs at the Rendezvous Ballroom, a once-defunct concert venue near Newport Beach, with his backing band the Del-Tones; as word spread and gigs at other local halls followed, Dale became a wildly popular attraction, drawing 1,000s of fans to every performance. In September 1961, Del-Tone released Dale's single "Let's Go Trippin'," which is generally acknowledged to be the very first recorded surf instrumental.
"Let's Go Trippin'" was a huge local hit, and even charted nationally. Dale released a few more local singles, including "Jungle Fever," "Miserlou," and "Surf Beat," and in 1962 issued his (and surf music's) first album, the groundbreaking Surfer's Choice, on Del-Tone. Surfer's Choice sold like hotcakes around Southern California, which earned Dale a contract with Capitol Records and national distribution for Surfer's Choice. Dale was featured in Life magazine in 1963, which led to appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and the Frankie/Annette film Beach Party; he also released the follow-up LP King of the Surf Guitar, and went on to issue three more albums on Capitol through 1965. During that time, he developed a close working relationship with Leo Fender, who kept engineering bigger and better sound systems in response to Dale's appetite for louder, more maniacally energetic live performances.
Surf music became a national fad, with groups like the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean offering a Vocals variant to complement the wave of instrumental groups, all of which were indebted in some way to Dale. But in 1964, the British Invasion stole much of surf's thunder, and Dale was dropped by Capitol in 1965. He remained a wildly popular local act, but in 1966, he was diagnosed with rectal cancer, which forced him to temporarily retire from music. He beat the disease, however, and soon began pursuing other interests: owning and caring for a variety of endangered animals, studying martial arts, designing his parents' dream house, and learning to pilot planes. In 1979, a puncture wound suffered while surfing off Newport Beach led to a pollution-related infection that nearly cost him his leg; Dale soon added environmental activist to his resumé. In addition to all of that, Dale performed occasionally around Southern California throughout the '70s and '80s.
In 1986, Dale attempted to mount a comeback. He first recorded a benefit single for the UC-Irvine Medical Center's burn unit (which had helped him recuperate from potentially serious injuries), and the following year appeared in the beach-movie sendup Back to the Beach. The soundtrack featured a duo between Dale and Stevie Ray Vaughan on the Chantays' surf staple "Pipeline," which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Instrumental. In 1991, Dale did a guest spot on an album by the San Francisco-based Psychefunkapus, and a successful Bay Area gig got him signed with Hightone Records. The album Tribal Thunder was released in 1993, but Dale's comeback didn't get into full swing until, in 1994, "Miserlou" was chosen as the opening theme to Quentin Tarantino's blockbuster film Pulp Fiction. "Miserlou" became synonymous with Pulp Fiction's ultra-hip sense of style, and was soon licensed in countless commercials (as were several other Dale tracks). As a result, Tribal Thunder and its 1994 follow-up Unknown Territory attracted lots of attention, earning positive reviews and surprisingly strong sales. In 1996, he supported the Beggars Banquet album Calling Up Spirits by joining the normally punk- and ska-oriented Warped Tour. Adding his wife and young drum-playing son to his band, Dale refocused on touring over the next few years. He finally returned with a new CD in 2001, Spacial Disorientation, issued on the small Sin-Drome label.
Dick Dale died on March 16, 2019 in Lorna Linda, California

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Talents : Guitar, Drums, Trumpet, Singer

Style musical : Rock 'n' Roll, Surf

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DELTONE ROCK (1961)

MISIRLOU (1962)

NIGHT RIDER (1963)

GOST RIDERS IN THE SKY (1963)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles & EP

05/1958 SP DEL-TONE 45-5012 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Ooh-Whee-Marie / Breaking Heart
11/1959 SP DEL-TONE 45-5013 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Stop Teasin' / Without Your Love
07/1960 SP DEL-TONE 45-5014 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - St. Louis Blues / Jessie Pearl
1960 SP CUPID 106/7 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - We'll Never Hear The End Of It / The Fairest Of Them All
1961 SP DELTONE 45-5016 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Oh-Whee Marie / Without Your Love
09/1961 SP DELTONE 45-5017 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Deltone Rock / Let's Go Trippin'
03/1962 SP DELTONE 45-5018 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Shake 'n' Stomp / Jungle Fever
05/1962 SP DELTONE D-5019 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Misirlou / Eight Till Midnight
05/1962 SP CAPITOL 4939 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Misirlou / Eight Till Midnight
11/1962 SP DELTONE 45-5020 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Surf Beat / Mr. Peppermint Man
11/1962 SP CAPITOL 4950 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Surf Beat / Mr. Peppermint Man
1963 SP CONCERT ROOM 371 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - We'll Never Hear The End Of It / Fairest Of Them All
1963 SP SATURN 401 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - We'll Never Hear The End Of It / Fairest Of Them All
1963 SP YES 7014  (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - We'll Never Hear The End Of It / Fairest Of Them All
01/1963 SP DELTONE 45-5028 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - A Run For Life / Lovin' On My Brain
04/1963 SP CAPITOL 4963 (US) Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - King Of The Surf Guitars / Hava Naguila
1963 SP US ARMY 1301-2 (US) Enlistement Twist (Dick DALE with Francine YORK) / + Craig ADAMS
07/1963 SP CAPITOL 5010 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Surfin' & A-Swingin' / Secret Surfin' Spot
1963 SP BILBOARD (flexi) (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Misirlou
1963 SP RENDEZ-VOUS 204 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Reincarnation, Part 1 / Reincarnation, Part 2
10/1963 SP CAPITOL 5048 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - The Scavenger / Wild Ideas
11/1963 SP CAPITOL 5098 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Night Rider / The Wedge
1963 EP CAPITOL EAP 1-20475 (F) Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Peppermint Man / Surf Beat / Eight Till Midnight / Misirlou
1963 EP CAPITOL EAP 1-20554 (F) Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - The Scavenger / Wild Ideas / Secret Surfin' Spot / Kansas City
03/1964 SP CAPITOL 5140 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Mr. Eliminator / The Victor
06/1964 SP CAPITOL 5187 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Wild Wild Mustang / Grudge Run
07/1964 SP CAPITOL PRO 2647 (US) Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Thunder Wave / Spanish Kiss
08/1964 SP CAPITOL 5225 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Glory Waves / Never On Sunday
09/1964 SP CAPITOL 5290 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Who Can He Me / Ho Marie
1964 EP CAPITOL EAP 4-2002 (F) Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Mag Wheels / Hot-Dad Machine / Grudge Run / Night Rider
03/1965 SP CAPITOL 5389 (US) . Dick DALE & The DEL-TONES - Let's Go Trippin' 65 / Watusi Jo
01/1967 SP COUGAR 711 (US)  . Ramblin' Man / You Heartin' Now
05/1967 SP COUGAR 712 (US) . Taco Wagon / Spanish Kiss
1968 SP ACCENT 1243 (US) . Eyes Of A Child / Just A Waitin'
196? EP CAPITOL EAP 4-2002 (F) . THE ROADSTER - Mag Wheels / Ho Dad Machine / Grudge Run / Night Rider
1975 SP GNP / CRESCENDO 804 (US) . Let' Go Trippin' / Those Memories Of You
1986 MAXI KRLA PROMO #16691 (US) . One Double One Oh! / One Double One Oh! (instr.)
1987 SP COLUMBIA 38 07340 (US) . Pipeline (with Stevie Ray VAUGHAN) / + Stevie Ray VAUGHAN
1988 SP PULCH WAVE PSC 666 (UK) Pick And Play / The Wedge
1988 MAXI PULCH WAVE 12PSCT 666 (UK) . PICK AND PLAY - Pick And Play / Hava Nagila / The Wedge / King Of The Surf Guitar (remix)
1994 SP KADE ? (US) Should Have Known Better / So High (The PAGODAS with Dick DALE)








Albums

11/1962 LP 12" DELTONE LPM 1001 (US) SURFERS' CHOICE - Surf Beat / Sloop John B. / Take It Off / Night Owl / Fanny Mae / Misirlou Twist / Peppermint Man / Surfin' Drums / Shake 'n' Stomp / Lovey Dovey / Death Of A Gremmie / Let's Go Trippin'
1963 LP 12" CLOISTER CLP 6301 (US) THE SILVER SOUNDS OF THE SURF - THE STOMPERS -  Surf Rider / Hava Nagila / Banzai Pipeline / A Night With Daddy / Soul Surfer / Fairest Of Them All (Vocals : Dick DALE) / Hot Pastrami / Saraceno Stomp / La Bamba / King Of The Surf Guitar / The Skag / Never Hear The End (Vocals : Dick DALE)
03/1963 LP 12" CAPITOL T 1886 (mono) / DT 1886 (stereo) (US) SURFERS' CHOICE - Surf Beat / Sloop John B. / Take It Off / Night Owl / Fanny Mae / Misirlou Twist / Peppermint Man / Surfin' Drums / Shake 'n' Stomp / Lovey Dovey / Death Of A Gremmie / Let's Go Trippin'
06/1963 LP 12" CAPITOL T 1930 (mono) / ST 1930 (stereo) (US) KING OF THE SURF GUITAR - King Of The Surf Guitar / The Lonesome Road / Kansas City / Dick Dale Stomp / What 'd I Say / Greenback Dollar / Hava Naguila / You Are My Sunshine / Mexico / Break Time / Riders In The Sky / If I Never Get To Heaven
11/1963 LP 12" CAPITOL T 2002 (mono) / ST 2002 (stereo) (US) CHECKERED FLAG - The Scavenger / Surf Buggy / Hot Rod Racer / Mag Wheels / Big Black Cad / Ho-Dad Machine / Grudge Run / Motion / 426-Super Stock / The Wedge / It Will Grow On You / Night Rider
03/1964 LP 12" CAPITOL T 2053 (mono) / ST 2053 (stereo) (US) MR. ELIMINATOR - Mr. Eliminator / 50 Miles To Go / Flashing Eyes / Taco Wagon / The Squirell / The Victor / Blond In The 406 / Firing Up / My X-KE / Nitro Fuel / Hot Rod Alley
07/1964 LP 12" CAPITOL T 2111 (mono) / ST 2111 (stereo) (US) SUMMER SURF - Summer Surf / Feel So Good / Surfin' / Spanish Kiss / The Star / Banzai Washout / Gloty Wave / Surfin' Rebel / Never On Sunday / Mama's Gone Surfin' / Tidal Wave / Thunder Wave
03/1965 LP 12" CAPITOL T 2293 (mono) / ST 2293 (stereo) (US) ROCK OUT WITH DIC DALE AND HIS DEL-TONES - LIVE AT CIRO'S - Peter Gunn / Money Honey / Angry Generation / Summertime Blues / Blowin' In The Wind / Don't Stop Now / Let's Go Trippin' 65 / Bony Moronie / Watusi Jo / Money / What 'd I Say
1969 LP 12" ACCENT ACS-5033 (US) COAST TO COAST - John Henry / Eyes Of A Child / Hey, Good Lookin' / Cool Water / Just A Waitin' / They Call The Wind Maria / Turn Around / My True Carrie Love / Country Boy / El Paso
1974 LP 12" GNP / CRESCENDO GNPS 2095 (US) GREATEST HITS - Misirlou / Surf Beat / Sloop John B. / King Of The Surf Guitar / The Wedge / Those Memories Of You / Let's Go Trippin' / The Victor / Peppermint Man / Get Back The Feelin' / Peter Gunn 1986
1983 LP 12" BALBOA 1001 (US) THE TIGER’S LOOSE - Peter Gunn / The Wedge / Pick And Play / Summertime Blues / House Of The Rising Sun / Misirlou / Let's Go Trippin' / Lovey Dovey / Firing Up / Something On Your Mind / King Of The Surf Guitar / Jessie Pearl
1986 LP 12" RHINO RNLP 70074 (US) KING OF THE SURF GUITAR : THE BEST OF DICK DALE - Let's Go Trippin' / Shake'n'Stomp / Miserlou / Mr. Peppermint Man / Take It Off / Surf Beat / Hava Nagila / King Of The Surf Guitar / Riders In The Sky / The Wedge / Night Rider / The Victor / Tidal Wave / Banzai Washout
1986 LP 12" RHINO RNLP 70075 (US) THE TIGER IS LOOSE LIVE - Peter Gunn / The Wedge / Pick And Play / Summertime Blues / House Of The Rising Sun / Misirlou / Let's Go Trippin' / Lovey Dovey / Firing Up / Something On Your Mind / King Of The Surf Guitar / Jessie Pearl
08/1989 CD RHINO R2 75756 (US) KING OF THE SURF GUITAR - THE BEST OF DICK DALE - Let's Go Trippin' / Shake'n'Stomp / Miserlou / Mr. Peppermint Man / Take It Off / Surf Beat / Hava Nagila / King Of The Surf Guitar / Riders In The Sky / The Wedge / Night Rider / The Victor / Tidal Wave / Banzai Washout / Mr. Eliminator / Taco Wagon / One Double One Oh (instr.) / Pipeline (Dick DALE with Stevie Ray VAUGHAN
1990 LP 12" SURF 4940 (LUX) RARITIES - Jessie Pearl / Ooh-Wee Marie / Del-Tone Rock / Jungle Fever / Eight Till Midnight / Surf Beat / A Run For Life / Lovin' On My Brain / Wild Ideas / Wild Wild Mustang / Oh Marie / Who Can He Be / Secret Surfin' Spot / Surfin' And A-Swingin' / Watusi Jo / Taco Wagon
1990 LP 12" SURF 4950 (LUX) SURFER'S GUITAR - Break Time / Surf Buggy / Mag Wheels / Ho-Dad Machine / Motion / Taco Wagon / Death Of A Cremmie / Miserlou Twist / Mr. Eliminator / Flashing Eyes / Firing Up / Nitro Fuel / Surfin' Rebel / Spanish Kiss / Summer Surf / Thunder Wave
1990 LP 12" SURF 4960 (LUX) DRAGGIN' AND SURFIN' - Dick Dale Stomp / Surfing / Glory Wave / Mama's Gone Surfin' / Surfing Drums / The Sqirrel / The Grudge Run / Summertime Blues / The Scavenger / Hot Rod Racer / Big Black Cadillac / 426-Super Stock / 50 Miles To Go / Blond In The 406 / My X-KE / Hot Rod Alley
06/1992 CD GNP / CRESCENDO GNPD 2095 (US) GREATEST HITS 1961-1976 - The Scavenger / Surf Beat / Hot Rod Racer / Misirlou / Surf Beat / Grudge Run / The Victor / Peppermint Man / Mr. Eliminator / Surfing Drums / Mag Wheels / Sloop John B / Night Rider / Let's Go Trippin' / King Of The Surf Guitar / The Wedge / Those Memories Of You / De-Tone Rock / Death Of A Gremmie / Get Back The Feelin' / Peter Gunn
05/1993 CD HIGHTONE HCD 8046 (US) TRIBAL THUNDER - Nitro / The New Victor / Esperanza / Shredded Heat / Trail Of Tears / Caravan / The Eliminator / Speardance / HOT LINKS : Caterpillar Crawl-Rumble / The Long Ride / Tribal Thunder
06/1994 CD HIGHTONE HCD 8055 (US) UNKNOWN TERRITORY - Scalped / Mexico / F Groove / Terra Dicktyl / Take It Or Leave It / Ghostriders In The Sky / Fish Taco / California Sun / Maria Elena / Hava Nagila / The Beast / Unknown Territory / Ring Of Fire
05/1996 CD BEGGARS BANQUET BBQCD 80-184 (US) CALLING UP SPIRITS - Nitrus / The Wedge Paradiso / The Pit / Fever / Doom Box / Catamount / Window / Calling Up Spirits / Temple Of Gizeh / Bandito / Third Stone From The Sun / Peppermint Man / Gypsy Fire
10/1997 2 CD RHINO R2 72631 (US)
ETTER SHRED THAN DEAD - THE DICK DALE ANTHOLOGY - Ooh-Wee Marie / Stop Teasing / Jessie Pearl / Let's Go Trippin' / Del-Tone Rock / Shake-N-Stomp / Miserlou / Surf Beat / Peppermint Man / Misirlou Twist / A Run For Life / Take It Off / King Of The Surf Guitar / Hava Nagila / Riders In The Sky / Secret Surfin' Spot / The Wedge / Night Rider / Mag Wheels / Mr. Eliminator / Flashing Eyes / Banzai Washout / Tidal Wave / Spanish Kiss / Angry Generation (live) / Ramblin' Man // Firing Up (live version) / King Of The Surf Guitar (live version) / Jessie Pearl (live version) / One Double One Oh! (instrumental version) / Pipeline (with Stevie Ray VAUGHAN) / Nitro / Shredded Heat / Terra Dicktyl / Unknown Territory / Niterider 6 /Bandito / Third Stone From The Sun / In-Liner (Surf Beat '97)
1999 CD SHARKTON SHARKY 0012 (US) TIGER TRACKS - [Live at Huntington Beach :] Peter Gunn / The Wedge / Pick And Play / Summertime Blues / House Of The Rising Sun / Miserlou / Let's Go Trippin' / Lovey Dovey / Firing Up / Something On Your Mind / King Of The Surf Guitar / Jessie Pearl / Bonus : One Double One Oh (Vocals version) / [Live at the BBC :] Intro - Nitrus / Interview #1 / Bandito / Interview #2 / Fish Taco / Interview #3 / Miserlou / Interview #4 / Calling Up Spirits / Interview #5 / Mexico / Interview #6 / The Pit / Interview #7 / The Wedge Paradiso / Outro
11/2001 CD SIN-DROME SD 8964 (US) SPACIAL DISORIENTATION - HMFIC / The Eliminator / Haji (electric) / 301300 / Smoke On The Water / Belo Horizonte / Walkin'/Spacial Disorientation / Oasis Of Mara / Belo Horizonte (Vocals) / Haji (acoustic) / Front Porch Blues / Baby Left Me / Mexico-Esperanza / Yours / Silent Night
2002 CD MASTERSONO 504822 (AUS) LEGEND OF THE SURF GUITAR - Ginza Ska - Pike / Ride On Try / Washignton Square / Movin' / LeDernier Train / 2000 Bee / Mushuku / Bumble Bee / Theme From No Smoking / Three Three And Nine Times / Somewhere Over The Rainbow
11/2006 CD SUNDAZED 11184 (US) SURFER'S CHOICE - Surf Beat / Sloop John B / Take It Off / Night Owl / Fanny Mae / Miserlou Twist / Peppermint Man / Surfing Drums / Shake n' Stomp / Lovey Dovey / Death Of A Gremmie / Let's Go Trippin' / Bonus : Del-Tone Rock / Jungle Fever / Miserlou / Eight Till Midnight / Lovin' On My Brain / A Run For Life
01/2007 CD SYNERGY 0046 (US) MR. ELIMINATOR - Flashing Eyes / Taco Wagon / The Squirrel / The Victor / Blond In The 406 / Firing Up / My X-Ke / Nitro Fuel / Mr. Eliminator / Hot Rod Alley / Firing Up / Nitro Fuel / Surfin' Rebel / Spanish Kiss / Summer Surf / Thunder Wave
2010 CD SHOUT! FACTORY 826663-12108 (US) GUITAR LEGEND - THE VERY BEST OF DICK DALE - Miserlou / Let's Go Trippin' / Hava Nagila / Riders In The Sky / Shake n' Stomp / King Of The Surf Guitar / Surfing Drums / Third Stone From The Sun / Night Rider / Mr. Eliminator / Pipeline (with Stevie Ray VAUGHAN) / Surf Beat / HMFIC / Surf Buggy / Esperanza / Nitro
2010 2 LP 12" SUNDAZED LP 5248 (US) SINGLES COLLECTION '61-'65 :
DISC 1 : Let's Go Trippin' / Del-Tone Rock / Shake-n-Stomp / Jungle Fever / Miserlou / Eight Till Midnight / Peppermint Man / Surf Beat / A Run For Life / Lovin' On My Brain / King Of The Surf Guitar / Hava Nagila / Surfin' And A-Swingin' / Secret Surfin' Spot
DISC 2 : Wild Ideas / The Scavenger / The Wedge / Night Rider / Mr. Eliminator / The Victor / Wild, Wild Mustang / Grudge Run / Glory Wave / Never On Sunday / Who Can He Be / Oh Marie / Let's Go Trippin' 65 / Watusi Jo

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