Dick Dale, Surf Rock Guitar Legend, Dead at 81


Dick Dale, the Strat-wielding champion of surf rock whose greatest hit soundtracked one of the vital iconic opening sequences in movie, has died. He was 81.

The Guardian confirmed Dale's passing -- which took occurred Saturday night time (March 16) -- with Sam Bolle, the bassist in his reside band. (Billboard reached out to Dale's agent, who confirmed the information: "it's a tragic day for rock 'n' roll.") Dale was born Richard Anthony Monsour in Boston, Mass. in 1937, and first got here to prominence within the early '60s together with his band, the Del Tones, and "Misirlou."

The 1962 monitor, Dale's tackle the normal Greek folks tune, options his livid, signature strum. The single loved a later ovation because of Quentin Tarantino, who blasted it throughout the opening credit of 1994's Pulp Fiction 32 years after the music's launch. The Black Eyed Peas notably sampled "Misirlou" in 2006 hit "Pump It," which peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Dale, who toured nicely into his twilight years, was candid in regards to the numerous well being points he confronted -- together with renal failure, diabetes and extra -- as he continued to journey the nation and carry out. "Even with my sicknesses and ailments," he stated, "I’m quicker with my palms than I’ve ever been."