He had a legion of fans and was an inspiration to many of the world best guitarists, but we have the sad news that legendary surf rock guitarist Dick Dale has passed away at the age of 81.
Probably best known for the track “Misirlou,” Dale’s death was confirmed by his bassist, Sam Bolle.
As of now the cause of death in unconfirmed but word has it that Dale had been a number of issues during the last decade or so.
Rolling Stone had revealed that Dale had been living with a number of serious health issues that included, rectal cancer, diabetes, and renal failure.
The guitar player leaves behind a massive legacy, Dale and his band The Del-Tones were leaders behind the popularity of surf rock and had hits with tracks like 1961’s “Let’s Go Trippin'” and 1963 “The Scavenger.” The biggest hit came in the form of 1962’s “Misirlou,” this had a serious resurgence from its use in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.
Check out some of the tributes to Dale posted on social media below:
Thank you Dick Dale for all the music 💔 https://t.co/RN9MeTpOtP
— Fender (@Fender) March 17, 2019
Rest In Peace Dick Dale… True original, So Cal Surf, American icon and a gentlemen of the highest order. pic.twitter.com/G3Uw5Xk055
— Joe Bonamassa (Official) (@JBONAMASSA) March 17, 2019
Once I drove an hour and half to see Dick Dale perform at a horse track, and it was wonderful. RIP. https://t.co/ds8OrWKR4N
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) March 17, 2019