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Dick Dale is known as King of The Surf Guitar, both for developing the musical genre in the 1950's-early 1960's, and progressing it to this very day.


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Dick and Lana Dale Enjoying Some Hawaiian Time Together
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Lana Dale with a
new Dick Dale fan!
Retro Dick Dale on his Harley!

Dick Dale fan MoonFrog



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  Fifty Years Of Surf Music!

John Blair, noted musician and surf music historian has written a must read article on 

the origins of surf music.  He states: “Let’s Go Trippin” by Dick Dale & The Del-Tones. Widely considered to be the first surf instrumental recording, it was released on Dale’s own record label (Deltone) in September, 1961. Dale and his band were packing them in every weekend at the huge Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa."

--John Blair Fifty Years Of Surf Music


--Surfguitar101.com enthusiast tribute 50th Anniversary of  The Birth of Surf Music


--John Blair's comprehensive book The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music 1961-1965


--Kent Crowley's book Surf Beat: Rock 'n' Roll's Forgotten Revolution. also KC interview


--Hurricane Hayward What Makes Dick Dale 'King Of The Surf Guitar'?

-- Surf's Up with Brian Wilson and Dick Dale


Don't Miss:
UK based Ed Mitchell has written a great article
Surf Guitar: The Missing Link In Rock 'N' Roll History
Featuring Dick Dale, Paul Johnson of the Bel-Airs  and Other Notables in Guitarist Magazine!
According To
Surfguitar101.com the article is a Winner!
Ya Gotta buy the pulp or digital vers. order hard copy mag online or digital version

Ultra Flashback!
Dick Dale and His Del-Tones Boney Maronie!
(note, I may get 'shredded' by
Mr. Dale for posting this one!)

Dick Dale - Ron Eglit - Dusty Watson Team Up For A Night of Shredding!!!
Here we have the great Dick Dale with 'Captain' Ron Eglit, his former bass player (first-second photos from left) along with former drummer Dusty Watson(second photo from left) doing a reunion gig at The Brixton, Redondo Beach, Calif. Feb. 4, 2011. This photo, courtesy of Unsteady Freddie(right photo) captures the essence of their year's long partnership. 
Surf Medley (Pipeline-Walk, Don't Run)-
Let's Go Trippin'- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imxt23AAxtg
Show photos courtesy of Unsteady Freddie: http://www.flickr.com/photos/unsteadyfreddie/sets/72157626010513674/

Dick Dale Signed Annete's
Beach Party LP Cover

Dick Dale
signed drumstick

The Dick Dale virtual museum
has new additions, here are a few!

Back To The Beach movie soundtrack Cassette Tape

Dick Dale & The Deltones 1960's
and 1972 concert flyers

Dick Dale Coach House tickets from 1986

KFWB Radio
Fab Forty Survey

Let's Go Trippin'
At Number 5
November 24, 1961

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Dick Dale Let's Go Trippin' 45 3.5"x2.5" Card with 45 Labels & 2 Muscle Beach Party embedded film clips.

Solamente Records XCR02  The Dickheads
Signed Surf City Katin X VHS Cover
Check out other Dick Museum Stuff here!
Dick Dale is featured in The Continental Magazine Fender California Series Dick Dale Limited Edition Malibu CE Surfers Choice Guitar DO NOT miss this article: "Dick Dale Is Still Darn Loud"

Dick Dale Shredding Newport Harbor
California 2009
The Los Angeles Dodgers had Dick Dale on a way cool billboard off the I-710 Long Beach Freeway in So. California.  For a large version, visit Dick's official website and check out other 'gnarly' stuff.   And don't miss this tribute article "Southern California Is Dick Dale's Town"by surf legend (and friend of Dick) Corky Carroll.

Photos Are Posted For Dick Dale's 2007 Birchmere Show!!

Guitar Legend Dick Dale played to a full house June 6, 2007 at The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA.

Not only did he play his classic gold Fender guitar called Beast, but he also played trumpet, harmonica, and  piano!  Wow, talk about one multi-talented surfer dude!

Rad bass player Sam Bolle did great work, and Bryan handled sticks really well!



Check out this video clip of Dick performing portions of Let's Go Trippin' and Peppermint Man. 

Thanks to T for helping me get a great seat, and the many Dickheads (Dick Dale fans) on hand, including Charlie, Steve, T's friend Megan, Sam, Jeff, and many more!

Dick met with many fans after the show, signing 'stuff,' and posing for photos.  The fans love this interaction, and Dick does too!

So, all I can say is see you in 2008 Dick Dale!

Watch this ultra cool Surfin' And Swingin'
Dick Dale video medley from
The Ed Sullivan Show!



Dick Dale appeared in early California beach movies like Beach Party, and Muscle Beach Party, which kicked off a whole new genre of 'beach theme' movies. 

Here's a
movie trailer from Beach Party featuring Dick Dale and his Deltones, Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello, Robert Cummings, Harvey Lembeck, Eva Six, Dorothy Malone, Candy Johnson, Morey Amsterdam.

This movie trailer from Muscle Beach Party features Dick and the Deltones along with others like Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Don Rickles, Little Stevie Wonder, Peter Lupus, Buddy Hackett, Luciana Paluzzi, Donna Loren, Candy Johnson, Jody McCrea, Morey Amsterdam, and more!


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Virtual world surfing to the sound of Dick Dale music!

The young hipster set of emerging virtual world's surf, and what do they choose for their surf music of choice?  Dick Dale music quite naturally.

Check out this video featuring Dick Dale's Miserlou as background music, created at a Chi Tow virtual surfing event.

Catch A Wave!

"The Good Life Of An Idol"

As the surf music scene emerged in sun drenched Southern California, Dick Dale was featured in Life Magazine, a truly amazing accomplishment!

Available once again is the article and photos from that memorable issue!


Photos from Dick's 2006 Birchmere performance are now up! 
Photos from Dick's 2006 Ramshead Live performance have been posted! 
Check out Will's photos of Dick's May 25, 2006 Goodfellas, Hampton, Virginia gig!
Ary-Jan, a Dick Dale fan in The Netherlands, has photos of Dick playing a 2006 gig in Amsterdam!



Photos from Dick's 2005 Birchmere performance are now up! 

Check out photos of Dick's May 26, 2005 Goodfellas, Hampton, VA gig!

Here is Dick signing 'stuff' after his May 4, 2005 gig at Liquid Joe's, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Dick Dale put on a blowout performance at the Viva Las Vegas show! 
Along with Dick was Captain Ron Eglitt on Bass; Dusty Watson on Drums; and Lana keeping it all together. 
Thanks to Dick's longtime friend and webmaster Carlos for the top image showing an enthusiastic crowd,
which you can see full size at
Many thanks to Scott E. for supplying the other images (click images to enlarge
Dick Dale, Nokie Edwards and Carlos at the NAMM show




Dick's "pool shooting Buddy," Carlos helps Dick maintain his website.  Carlos was cool enough to send me a couple of pics of Dick stuff he has hung on his wall. 

And even more cool, Carlos sent me these pictures of Dick and legendary Ventures guitar great Nokie Edwards at the 2005 NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. 

Yep, that is Carlos with Dick and Nokie in the top photo!

Dick talks about his teaming up with Nokie at that show as being both fun and memorable, in part because the two playing styles differ.  Nokie picks, and Dick Shreds! 

Carlos says the two guitar greats had the time of their life that night!

Also, don't miss Carlos wearing his Dick Dale Shirt and photos with Beach Boys Al Jardine
and David Marks!





Don't miss photos from Dick Dale's December 2004 Austin, Texas Red Eyed Fly blowout event!

Dick was back at the venue October 24, 2005!

Dick Does Denmark!

Dick Dale, Dusty Watson, and Sam Bolle did a major European tour in 2004 which included a stop off in Denmark.   Jan, who I met on a Surfin' To Baja with The Ventures and Los Straitjackets cruise, is such a big "Dickhead"(Dick Dale Fan) and surf guitar music lover, that he took in Dick's March 12, 2004 Rytmeposten, Odense, Denmark gig and next night awesome performance at Stengade 30, Copenhagen, Denmark. 

Thanks to Jan for supplying these great photos! 

Dick Dale with Jan (right) and El Fuerte, drummer for El Ray (center) at Stengade 30 Dick signing an item for a long-timer friend of Jan (top)
Dick, Jan (right), and El Twang (center) at Stenegade 30
Dick with bass player Sam Bolle (top)
Dusty Watson who Jan calls "the greatest surf drummer in the business," along with Sam (bottom) at Rytmeposten
Ticket stubs from Dick's March 12, 2004 Rytmeposten, Odense, and March 13, 2004 Stenegade 30, Copenhagen, Denmark gigs (left)
Flyer for Rytmeposten concert (center)
Autographed cover (right)

Check out Photos from Dick's 2004 Birchmere performance

"I'm A Dickhead!"

Yes, this is the shirt that the 'well dressed' Dick Dale fan wears!  It is Dick's Tribal Thunder
shirt from the 1990's with his signature gold Fender guitar on front and awesome back graphic. But of course what make's this shirt is letting the world know "I'm A Dickhead" which equates of course to Dick Dale fan.

---With fans at Dick Dale's
First World Guitar Congress concert appearance Towson, Maryland.

---TuneFan in his favorite Dick Dale Tee with Bobby Whitlock, who was a performer on the seminal release Layla (note signed LP) by Derek And The Dominos outside The Saxon Pub, Austin, Texas.  Derek And The Dominos was founded by Eric Clapton.  Bobby handled piano, acoustic guitar, vocal and songwriting duties for the group.

You can see Bobby Whitlock performing "It's Too Late" with Derek And The Dominos on the Johnny Cash Show. The Dominos back up Eric Clapton, the great Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash on another song.  Of course Dick Dale loves Johnny Cash, having done his song Ring Of Fire for many years.

Check out Dick Dale's Boss, Hip Happening, Nissan Pathfinder Armada National TV ad, which has been running during prime-time major network television shows and The World Series! Congratulations Dick, Way Cool!!!

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Click the ticket stub or here to see out of sight pictures
from Dick Dale's 2002 Rams Head Tavern performance!

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(L-R) An autographed photo of Dick Dale and Me taken after his dynamite April 19, 1999 performance; another after Dick's May 19, 2002; May 25,2005, and March 12, 2010.

If I do say so, eleven plus years later we both look pretty good.  

Proof positive that surf guitar players and surf guitar listeners remain forever young!                                                                (click images to enlarge)

Click the Better Shred Than Dead Disk or here to see awesome pictures from Dick's April 19, 1999 Birchmere, Alexandria, Virginia gig!

Dick was a fixture during the emerging 1960's California beach scene of sun, sand, music, and naturally pretty girls!

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Lobby Cards (signed), publicity poster-from Beach Party and Muscle Beach Party.

  Donna Loren publicity photo (top); Dick with beauty Donna Loren, Muscle Beach Party (center left);
Annette Funicello & Donna (center right)
(l-r) Jody McCrea, Dick Dale, John Ashley, Frankie Avalon, Annette in Muscle Beach Party (bottom)
With Cuties (and long boards) at 1963 Pacific Ocean Park (POP), California Cancer Foundation benefit
concert (top and middle).
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Dick and newly
painted "Beast," 1964.

Muscle Beach Party still photo of cutie lifting barbell.  Looks like she may be the same one with Dick in the POP cancer benefit photos.


Dick was cast in two vintage California Frankie and Annette beach movies, including 1964's Muscle Beach Party as well as predecessor Beach Party.
(Photos and DDale-DLoren Background, excepting D. Loren publicity, courtesy briansdriveintheater). Annette-Donna photo courtesy of 60's Beach N Surf Babes)

Dick told me he still plays the same gold and white Fender Stratocaster guitar from the 1950's, he calls 'Beast'--and used in those flicks!  


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Mike Thompson, a long time friend of Dick,  constructs Dick's speaker cabinets.  Here we see cabinets containing high-end 15" JBL speakers.  Dick's guitar, "Beast" leans up against them.

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A perk of being a friend of Dick is getting an autographed Miserlou 45 record.  In this case Dick's cabinet maker Mike is the lucky recipient! (click to enlarge)


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Dick and former longtime bass player Ron "The Captain" Eglit



Ex-drummer, Dusty Watson (right) with me after Dicks' 2004 Birchmere performance once played for highly regarded surf band, Jon & The Nightriders.  Dusty signed this Fiberglass Rocket CD cover after his December 16, 2004 blowout Dick Dale, Red Eyed Fly, Austin, Texas performance.  Pete Curry was also on this release, and signed it at a December 11, 2004 Los Straitjackets performance (Pete plays bass for the Straitjackets)




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Let's Go Trippin'

The hit record that started it all for Dick Dale.
Dick was good enough to sign this prized 'clean' copy of Let's Go Trippin'/Del-Tone Rock 45 for me
at his blowout May 2002 Annapolis, Maryland performance.
What a classic!

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Performances 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014!

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Autographed Dick Dale guitar picks from his May 21, 2001 Alexandria, Virginia and May 19, 2002 Annapolis, Maryland performances.   Dick's hard playing style using extra heavy-gauge steel strings plays havoc on guitar picks--and his fingers.

Dicks strings come from Dean Markley, a world famous supplier of guitar strings.  

From Markley's web site: "Dick claims that Dean Markley Blue Steel Electric strings are the only strings capable of standing up to his shredding style of playing."

A Dick Dale publicity photo (late 1990's-2000), shot on Dick's California desert ranch.
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For even more Dick stuff go here

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on Dick Dale, visit his official website at

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