Dick Dale Wiki, Bio, Age, Wife, Children, Cause of Death, Net Worth, Songs, Obituary, Parents, Family, Married, Nationality and Ethnicity

Dick Dale Biography – Dick Dale Wiki

Dick Dale born Richard Anthony Monsour, was an American rock musician and guitarist. He was also known as The King of the Surf Guitar.

His father, Jim, was Lebanese, and as a boy he played the Middle Eastern tarabaki drums at local community festivals. As a boy he played trumpet and ukulele. He began playing guitar in emulation of his idol, country star Hank Williams.

At 17, he moved with his family to El Segundo, CA. He worked at Hughes Aircraft after graduating from high school. At the urging of his father, he began to compete in local country music talent shows. He credited local DJ T. Texas Tiny with suggesting the stage name “Dick Dale.”

By early 1961, Dale had moved to the Balboa Peninsula south of Los Angeles, where he opened a record store, gave guitar lessons, played small gigs in a local ice cream parlor and, fatefully, began to surf. Assembling a band of like-minded locals, the Deltones, he began playing at the Rendezvous, a derelict big-band venue, in July 1961.

With its titular invitation to ride the surf, “Let’s Go Trippin’” became a regional and then a national hit in late 1961. By 1962, Dale had added Fender’s reverb unit to his arsenal, and he employed it to staggering effect on “Miserlou” (alternatively spelled “Misirlou”), a traditional song of Egyptian origin that had been a notable hit for Lebanese musician Clovis el-Hajj in 1944. The Beach Boys would subsequently record a version of the number on their debut Capitol Records album, released in late ’62.

After retiring from music in the 1970s, Dale returned to playing in the 80s. In 1995, he found a new patron in John Peel, who discovered the guitarist playing at the Garage in London.

Dick Dale Age

He was born on May 4, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. He died on March 16, 2019 aged 81.

Dick Dale Wife

Dale was married at least twice. He was married to his wife Jeannie Monsour who in the early 1970s, was a Las Vegas dancer who worked in a revue with him. He was then married to his wife Lana was his manager as of 2015.

Dick Dale Children

He had a son James with his wife Jeannie Monsour.

Dick Dale Death

Dale died on March 16, 2019. He was 81 years old. Dick Dale’s death was confirmed by bassist Sam Bolle. He is survived by his wife Lana and his son, Jimmie.

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Dick Dale Cause of Death

Dick Dale’s cause of death was heart failure.

Dick Dale Ethnicity

He was of Lebanese descent from his father and Polish-Belarusian descent from his mother.

Dick Dale Net Worth

He had an estimated net worth of $200, 000.

Dick Dale Songs

  • Misirlou
  • Let’s Go Trippin’
  • Ghost Riders in the Sky
  • Surf Beat
  • The Wedge
  • Peppermint Man
  • Surfing Drums
  • Third Stone From the Sun
  • The Victor
  • Hava Nagila
  • Nitro
  • The Scavenger
  • Shake ‘N’ Stomp
  • Jessie Pearl
  • Eight Till Midnight
  • Night Rider
  • A Run for Life
  • Jungle Fever
  • Del-Tone Rock
  • Wild, Wild Mustang
  • Miserlou Twist
  • Nitrus
  • Death of a Gremmie
  • Scalped
  • Ooh‐Whee Marie
  • Summer Surf
  • Terra Dicktyl
  • Taco Wagon
  • Fanny Mae
  • Mr. Eliminator
  • Surf Buggy
  • Secret Surfin’ Spot

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