It is with a heavy heart that I now have to make this post…as the “King of the Surf Guitar”, Dick Dale (1937-2019), has gone to join Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix in Heaven. After touring for most of his SIXTY YEAR career, Mr. Dale passed away on March 16, 2019, as Wikipedia states he was being treated for kidney and liver failure prior to his death.
The reason that this man had touched my soul, aside from the fact that he was a left-handed maestro, was that, even though his song “Misirlou” was popularized by the movie “Pulp Fiction”, he had a career that started WAY before I was even though of…but the fact that the man remained a working, touring guitarist even after his heydays in the 60’s proved to some that you’re never too old to do what you love!!!!!
If you’d like to know more about him, I have covered his birthday twice before; Post # LXXXV, “Return of the Saturday Spotlight, Vol. XV” from 2013 and Post # CLXXXIII, “The Birthday of a TRUE American Idol” from 2014 (which I will place on my Facebook @ James A. Johnson) entail all the details that I’ve written about him.
A true light of the universe that will sorely be missed…especially where his kind of longevity is rare…Rock and Roll Heaven has gotten a true king!
/,,,/ ROCK ON MR. DALE \,,,\