The man known as "the King of the Surf Guitar," DICK DALE 2: The man known as "the King of the Surf Guitar," DICK DALE. He launched surf rock in 1960 with his band, the Deltones. He described the surf sound in a 1963 article as "a heavy staccato sound on the lowkey guitar strings, with a heavy throbbing beat--like thunder, or waves breaking over you." DALE defined the California sound, and influenced The Ventures, The Beachboys, and Jan and Dean. He also influenced later groups like Sonic Youth. His music is now heard under the titles in the new movie, "Pulp Fiction." (REBROADCAST FROM 7
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The man known as "the King of the Surf Guitar," DICK DALE

The man known as "the King of the Surf Guitar," DICK DALE

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2: The man known as "the King of the Surf Guitar," DICK DALE. He launched surf rock in 1960 with his band, the Deltones. He described the surf sound in a 1963 article as "a heavy staccato sound on the lowkey guitar strings, with a heavy throbbing beat—like thunder, or waves breaking over you." DALE defined the California sound, and influenced The Ventures, The Beachboys, and Jan and Dean. He also influenced later groups like Sonic Youth. His music is now heard under the titles in the new movie, "Pulp Fiction." (REBROADCAST FROM 7