In the early '60s, Dick Dale was worshipped by Southern California youth culture as the founding father of surf music as well as its next-of-kin, hot-rod rock "twin-pipe genres that would reel in every kid in the world with daydreams of a street rod or a surfboard and a ride to the beach. Dale was a fretboard whiz whose heavily-reverbed Fender guitar and frenzied, string-busting attack" a sound that would forever define surf music turned exotic melodies like "Hava Nagila" into the musical equivalent of being precariously perched atop a monstrous 20-foot wave. Dale's Newport and Balboa Beach concerts were legend in greater Los Angeles, and his records would'soon influence the Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix, among countless others.

Dale, Dick and His Del-Tones

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Dale, Dick and His Del-Tones - Surfers Choice CD
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    The one that started it all in 1962! On his debut album, Dick Dale managed to capture on tape the ferocious surf sound he was creating for over-the-top audiences at the Rendezvous Ballroom. Songs like "Let's Go Trippin,'" "Miserlu Twist" and "Surf Beat" helped define the surf genre and send untold aspiring guitarists in search of their own Stratocasters and Fender Showman amps. None of them could match the intensity and directness of Dick's approach to the instrument. But at least one acolyte,...

    Dick Dale and His Del-Tones - Rock Out with Dick Dale and His Del-Tones (Live at Ciros) LP
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      Prior to his emergence as a recording artist, surf guitar king Dick Dale first carved out his legend as a live performer. The artist's incendiary early shows in front of raucous surfer crowds at Balboa Beach's Rendezvous Ballroom established Dale as a regional sensation, and in the process helped to put surf music on the map. After he became an international star, Dale and his longstanding band the Del-Tones maintained the energy and innovation of their early performances, expanding their...