Independent label: Dick Dale Real Name: Richard Anthony Monsour Born May 4, 1937 in Massachusetts, Dick Dale helped pioneer the sounds of surf music and has been proclaimed "King of the Surf Guitar". Wanting his playing to reflect the sounds and feeling of surfing, Dale used staccato picking on heavy gauge strings and heavily reverbed amplification (although this was not present on his initial recordings), which he worked closely with Leo Fender to help develop. Dick is also a self-taught player, learning to play left-handed on a right-handed guitar without restringing the instrument (even today, he still plays with the guitar strung upside down). His playing often displays a Middle-Eastern influence which comes from his father's family (who is Lebanese). Distributed By PRT Records.
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