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Dick Dale, 1937-2019

Tony Burke, Record Collector, May 2019

THE PIONEER OF "surf rock" guitar, Dick Dale died on March 16th aged 81. Born Richard Anthony Monsour on 4th May, 1937, in Boston, Dale developed a distinctive guitar sound by adding influences of his Middle Eastern heritage along with heavy guitar reverb. 

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