Mar 17

Dick Dale, RIP

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Guitar legend Dick Dale has died at 82.

 

Damn.

 

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Mar 17

Thank you, DD, for the Surf Guitar. Was thinking the other day about 'Miserlou' ... 'Pipeline' and 'Wipe Out' and the minor scales in that particular bendy and staccato way that Dick Dale uniquely presented, bringing listeners to note combinations and rhythms of trans-inducing music of Morocco and farther afield.

 

 

Dick Dale - 'Surfin the Wedge' - Live on TV 1963 Ed Sullivan Show : https://youtu.be/Fwx2pephwKU

Mar 18

 

Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar

 

 

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