Famous Musician, Rock Pioneer Dies at Age 81

March 19, 2019Mar 19, 2019

An iconic musician who is being credited with being a rock pioneer has sadly just passed away. Dick Dale has died at the age of 81.

Dale is best known for starting the surf rock movement. He also appeared in "Pulp Fiction" and gained tons of fans and recognition.

"Dale had a 'wet' reverb-heavy guitar sound that evoked crashing waves and sought to echo the sounds he played in his mind while surfing, according to the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame. His singular, staccato picking drew upon Middle Eastern music (his father was Lebanese) and influenced the Beach Boys, the Ventures and other surf-rock artists of the era," wrote CNN.

One of his most famous songs was "Miserlou" from the 1960s. It can be heard in the video below. The song went on to be used in the "Pulp Fiction" movie by director Quentin Tarantino.

"Dale's 'Let's Go Trippin' first played in 1961, is viewed by many as the first-ever surf rock song. His debut album, 'Surfers' Choice,' came out in 1962 and earned him appearances on Ed Sullivan's show and in 'Beach Party,' the 1963 Frankie Avalon-Annette Funicello movie. Dale's later career was interrupted repeatedly by health problems. He had recurring battles with rectal cancer and toured into his 80s to help pay his medical bills," wrote CNN.

Health problems plagued him in his later years and financial costs quickly added up. In order to pay the bills, Dale returned to the road and performed music. He was open about his financial struggles and need to keep working.

Fans and friends expressed their condolences on social media. His wife, Lana, was said to be with him when he passed. Please join us in praying for her.

"He taught me to live your life the way you want to live it. He definitely did that with vigor and ferociousness of spirit," Dale's bassist said. "I'm so happy and stoked that he was able to entertain and bring joy to people's lives as long as he did."

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