Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Dick lover



Just when I thought this bloody #adecadeago meme-thingy had expired on this here blog - the sad news of the death of "surf" guitarist Dick Dale has brought back out of the woodwork a post I did way back in May 2009, on the occasion of the "twangly one"'s 72nd birthday...
Dick? That's an interesting name...



Happy birthday to Dick Dale, 72 today. Who? I hear you ask...

This legendary Lebanese/Polish guitar maestro was hugely influential in the early 1960s. His skill was to merge the musical influences of his exotic background with the sound of the electric guitar to create a whole new style, which became more widely known as "surf music".

Being largely outshone by imitators such as the Beach Boys, Dick probably would have been consigned to the dustbin of history had it not been for one of his biggest fans, a certain Mr Tarantino...
But this is my own personal favourite of his:

...and it still is.

RIP Dick Dale (born Richard Anthony Mansour, 4th May 1937 - 16th March 2019)

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