Dick Dale Passes at 81

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I wanted to tell folks how sad I am at the passing of 29 Palms own Dick Dale this weekend.

I wasn’t a close friend of Mr. Dale, but was the recipient of a lot of his kindness and best wishes over the years. I flew out of his private Airport several times. What a 1st Class setup that is.

I can’t think of a negative thing to say about the guy. He made the Community proud to have him as a neighbor. I know I was.

I want to send my sincere condolences and best wishes to the family and the many Fans that loved him.

We took the liberty to copy a snippet and a link to Dick Dale’s history:

The Dick Dale Phenomenon.

His style is something different and unique. Since his first appearances Balboa, Ca. at the famed Rendezvous Ballroom, he has set and broken attendance records everywhere he’s performed. His appearances at the Rendezvous Ballroom broke every existing record for the Ballroom by drawing capacity crowds of over four thousand screaming dancing fans every weekend each night down on the Balboa peninsula.
Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s. Not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down. He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.
Leo Fender gave the Fender Stratocaster along with a Fender Amp to Dale and told him to beat it to death and tell him what he thought of it. Dale took the guitar and started to beat it to death, and he blew up Leo Fender’s amp and blew out the speaker. Dale proceeded to blow up forty nine amps and speakers; they would actually catch on fire. Leo would say, ‘Dick, why do you have to play so loud?’ Dale would explain that he wanted to create the sound of Gene Krupa the famous jazz drummer that created the sounds of the native dancers in the jungles along with the roar of mother nature’s creature’s and the roar of the ocean. Read More

In the last couple of months one hell of a band has been forming in that Celestial Garage in the sky. They just got one hell of a lead Guitar.

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