Tom Cole. Fans and fellow musicians are remembering Dick Dale, who died Saturday at Dale's sound inspired legions of musicians back in the s and into the 21st century.
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I n theory at least, Dick Dale should have been a long-forgotten figure. You could hear echoes of his style — fast, very loud and heavy on the staccato picking — in a subsequent generation of virtuoso guitarists: Jimi Hendrix was a fan, but you really noticed his influence a decade later, when heavy metal came to be defined by the frenzied playing of Eddie Van Halen. At the other end of the rock spectrum, there was the Cramps: for all their devotion to the outer fringes of rockabilly, they audibly would not have sounded the way they did had Dale never picked up a guitar. He may well have been the first person to realise the electric guitar could be used not merely as a melodic instrument, but a bludgeon.
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He was Dale had been in treatment for heart and kidney failure. Dale was a surfer, sound pioneer and guitarist whose unusual, percussive playing style and thick, thunderous music earned him the nickname the Father of Heavy Metal. Sam Bolle, a bassist who played with Mr. Dale raised at his home.
Dick Dale, "the King of the Surf Guitar" and a pioneering guitarist that inspired a generation of musicians, has died at the age of California Rocker first reported that Dale died Friday. No cause of death was revealed, but the guitarist suffered from health issues in recent years. He influenced everybody! A unique innovator of the guitar with pick-melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was That upside-down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special.