Surf guitar legend Dick Dale dies at 81

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Dick Dale, better known as the “King of the Surf Guitar,” died in Loma Linda March 16 at the age of 81. Dale’s signature 1962 hit “Misirlou” became popular with a new generation of fans in 1994 when Quentin Tarantino used it as the opening theme of Pulp Fiction.

Born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston on May 4, 1937, Dale developed his distinctive sound by adding to instrumental rock influences from his Middle Eastern heritage, along with a “wet” reverb sound and his rapid alternative picking style. In a 2011 interview with the Miami New Times, Dale said that the hectic drumming of Gene Krupa, along with the screams of wild animals and the sound and sensation of being in the ocean inspired his sound.

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