Overall, King of the Surf Guitar was probably Dale 's best album for Capitol, but it also suggested a fundamental misunderstanding of Dale and his music by the label. King of the Surf Guitar begins with the title tune, in which female vocal group the Blossoms featuring Darlene Love urge us to "Listen! Listen to the King! Still, this album truly shines on tunes when Dale gets to play guitar at full force, and "Hava Nagila," " Ghost Riders in the Sky," and "Mexico" are as fiery as anything he would cut for the label.
Dick Dale: 'King of Surf Rock' guitarist dies aged 81
Dick Dale: 'King of Surf Rock' guitarist dies aged 81 - BBC News
He was Dale had been in treatment for heart and kidney failure. Dale was a surfer, sound pioneer and guitarist whose unusual, percussive playing style and thick, thunderous music earned him the nickname the Father of Heavy Metal. Sam Bolle, a bassist who played with Mr.
Dick Dale, King of the Surf Guitar, Dead at 81
I have a fond memory of walking with Dick Dale through the corridors of the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix some seven years ago. He felt the spirits were calling out to him. Now Dick himself has entered the spirit realm.
He was a pioneer of surf music , drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom-made amplifiers  including the first-ever watt guitar amplifier. He learned the piano when he was nine after listening to his aunt playing it.