Sad news this weekend, as Dick Dale, surf-rock legendlegend known for his iconic and ubiquitous classic “Misirlou,” has passed away at the age of 81, per reports (originally by California Rocker and later updated and confirmed by the Guardian).
Dusty Watson, a former musical colleague of Dale’s, wrote the following on Facebook:
The legend and king of surf guitar has passed. Condolences to family and friends and all those who were touched by your undeniable presence. Rest In Peace friend.
Widely known as the King of Surf Guitar, Dale is seen as a key figure in the musical genre, given enough credit to basically be synonymous with the genre.
Such was the influence he had on music.
“Misirlou” was introduced to a huge audience when filmmaker Quentin Tarantino used it in the opening sequence of his now-classic 1994 film Pulp Fiction:
And, truly a testament to the transitive power of Dick Dale’s songcraft, “Misirlou” was also the main sample featured in the Black Eyed Peas’ 2005 hit “Pump It”:
May he rest in peace, and may his legacy live on.