SLASH, JOE SATRIANI, BRIAN MAY, JOE BONAMASSA, Others React To Death Of DICK DALE

SLASH, JOE SATRIANI, BRIAN MAY, JOE BONAMASSA, Others React To Death Of DICK DALE

Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), Joe Satriani (CHICKENFOOT), Brian May (QUEEN), Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER), Joe Bonamassa (BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION), Brian Wilson (BEACH BOYS) and Stevie Van Zandt are among the musicians who have reacted on social media to the passing of Dick Dale. The guitar player and singer-songwriter known as "the King of the Surf Guitar" died early Sunday morning (March 17) at the age of 81.

The guitarist's health had declined over the past 20 years due to a number of illnesses, including diabetes, kidney disease and rectal cancer. Up until the end of his life, Dale was forced to stay on the road to fund his treatment.

"I can't stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die," he told the Pittsburgh City Paper in 2015. "Sure, I'd love to stay home and build ships in a bottle and spend time with my wife in Hawaii, but I have to perform to save my life."

Born Richard Anthony Monsour in May 1937, Dale created the sound of the surf guitar by working with Middle Eastern music scales applied to a driving beat.

His fifth single, 1961's "Let's Go Trippin'", is considered the first surf rock instrumental and has been credited with launching the early 1960s craze.

The song that cemented Dale's place in rock history was "Misirlou", which he recorded and first released in 1962. The track rode another wave of fame in the mid-1990s when it featured prominently in the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino's cult hit "Pulp Fiction".

"Having 'Misirlou' as your opening credit, it's just so intense," Tarantino said. "It just throws down a gauntlet that the movie now has to live up to."

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