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'Surf Rock' Creator Dick Dale Dead at 81

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'Surf Rock' Creator Dick Dale Dead at 81

'Surf Rock' Creator Dick Dale Dead at 81

'Surf Rock' Creator Dick Dale Dead at 81 The guitarist had been suffering from diabetes and an unknown form of cancer since at least 2012.

Dale is credited with creating the 1960s genre, "surf rock." His signature sound mixed staccato picking and reverb with Middle Eastern melodies.

It went on to earn him the nickname, "King of the Surf Guitar." Reactions from Hollywood and the music world poured in immediately following news of his death.

Joe Bonamassa, via Twitter Seth Rogen, via Twitter Dale is best known for the 1963 tune, "Misirlou." The song was featured in Quentin Tarantino's classic 1994 film, 'Pulp Fiction.'

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