Dick Dale Biography
Birthday: May 4, 1937 (Taurus)
Born In: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Dick Dale was the stage name of American rock guitarist and surf music pioneer Richard Anthony Monsour who introduced Middle Eastern music scales to the United States and experimented with reverberation that became the staple of surf music. His rapid alternate picking technique was inspired by tarabaki, an instrument he had learned to play early on. He gained recognition with the instrumental “Let's Go Trippin” and earned immense popularity for his version of 'Misirlou'. He became known as 'The King of the Surf Guitar' and the 'Father of Heavy Metal', and was inducted into the 'Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum' in Nashville, Tennessee in 2009. After breaking about 50 amplifiers with his brand of loud music, he collaborated with innovative instrument manufacturer Leo Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers that pushed the limits of contemporary technology.