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Dick Dale, Legendary Guitarist, Dead at 81

Dick Dale, the legendary surf rock guitarist best known for the track “Misirlou,” has died. He was 81.

Dale’s passing was confirmed by his bassist, Sam Bolle, to The Guardian. An exact cause of death has yet to be confirmed. Per Rolling Stone, Dale was living with a number of health issues in the past decade, including rectal cancer, diabetes and renal failure.

Dale and his band The Del-Tones were instrumental in the creation and popularity of surf rock with songs like 1961's "Let's Go Trippin'" and 1963 "The Scavenger." However, the 1962 single "Misirlou" is their most popular single thanks in part to its use in the 1994 film Pulp Fiction.


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A number of musicians and fans took to social media upon learning of Dale's passing. Here are some notable tributes.

Fender on Twitter

Thank you Dick Dale for all the music ???? https://t.co/RN9MeTpOtP

Chuck D on Twitter

Dick Dale was DoPE R.I.B

Seth Rogen on Twitter

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

Joe Bonamassa (Official) on Twitter

Rest In Peace Dick Dale... True original, So Cal Surf, American icon and a gentlemen of the highest order.

Michael Des Barres on Twitter

The groundbreaking, trail blazing, garage shaking, surf riding brilliance of Dick Dale can never be under estimated...RIP

Seymour Duncan on Twitter

Sad to hear the news. A true innovator and amazing talent. You will be missed. R.I.P. Dick Dale. #misirlou #surfguitar #legend #fender #stratocaster https://t.co/DMyQi77eeK

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.