Dick Dale is one musician that I've always respected. I've been thinking about him lately. He's eighty or something, and having some health issues. I do think that he is the King of the Surf Guitar. There are others who might be better technically, others more adventurous, and so on, but to me surf music began with Dick Dale. And not the earliest Dick Dale. Songs like "Let's Go Trippin'" and "Deltone Rock" were really just guitar instrumentals. "Miserlou" was ground zero. "Surf Beat". Enter the reverb. Enter surf.
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