Dusty Watson, a former bandmate wrote a goodbye farewell on his Facebook.
“The legend and king of surf guitar has passed. Condolences to family and friends and all those who were touched by your undeniable presence. Rest In Peace friend.”
Born as Richard Anthony Mansour in Boston in May 1937, Dale came to limelight for his marvelous fingering on 1967 hit "Misirlou". The tone acted as the theme song of Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 cult classic Pulp Fiction.
Prior to that, his musical journey began in the early '60s after first surf rock instrumental '‘Let’s Go Trippin’ (1961)", hit the world with its classic tunes.
Well, not only that, Dale also played a significant role in the development of the Fender Stratocaster. During an interview in 2011, Mr. Dick mentioned that he was the test pilot in every Leo Fender's new guitar release.
“Everything that came out of Leo Fender’s head, I was his test pilot. He used to say, “When it can withstand the barrage of punishment from Dick Dale, then it is fit for the human consumption.”
After retiring from music in the 1970s, Dick returned to music once again in the 80s. After his return, Dale went onto show that he is one of the most influencing artists of all time.
The king of surf rock, Dick Dale.
As a matter of fact, Dale noted that he will be playing forever until his death in an interview with Pittsburgh City Paper in 2015. Proudly he'd said 'I can’t stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die.'