RIP D*ck Dale

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Dead at 82. What a legend this guy was. I knew he had health troubles, but thought he was doing better. RIP.
 

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Oh man, last I heard my buddy Gerry (hazelshould) was playing with him.

Bummer to hear. Always a legend!
 

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I wouldn’t even know who Dick Dale was if not for Quentin Tarantino. Having said that, his music is iconic and recognizable across several generations. Much respect.
 

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Oh, wow, once again another musician death makes me feel old. RIP, Dick Dale.

I have a great Dick Dale story. I spent summers in a private community that had an unassuming 9 hole golf course. Most everyone except the locals avoided it because it didn't have the other 9 holes. This was in Lake Tahoe, so the casinos on the south shore were only 15 minutes away. The owner of the course had agreements with the casinos that the "stars" could play at the private course and not get hassled. We're talking Sammy Davis Jr., the Carpenters, 5th Dimension, Lawrence Welk, Rich Little, Danny Thomas, Jack Benny, Andy Williams--you name it. They were all there.

My cousin and I were preteens in the mid 60s when these stars were in their prime, and she was on it. The two of us would hang out in the woods and at the tees, just waiting for somebody famous to come by. (There are other stories besides this one!)

One day, we sat on a bench at one of the tees, and Jack Benny came by with Dick Dale and his young son, who sat down on the bench next to us. Benny and Dale walked up, and Benny came over to us and said, "Hi kids!"

We then asked for his autograph, and he said, "Sure, but this gentleman right here is Dick Dale, and he's the guy who's autograph you should be asking for."

We had no idea who Dick Dale was (he was opening for Jack Benny) so we said OK, we'll get your autograph, too. Both Benny and Dale were funny, engaging and nice as could be. Meantime, the little kid was sitting with us kind of quiet as Benny and Dale teed up.

Dale hit his shot first, and it landed smack dab in the middle of the fairway. Benny followed and his shot went into the trees.

So, Jack Benny, in his inimitable fashion, clasped his one hand under his elbow, and put his other up to his cheek, fingers tapping, staring at the little boy, with my cousin and me looking wide eyed. Dale tried his best to hold back his laughter, and the little boy was petrified.

Jack Benny walks up to the three of us on the bench, and tapping away at his cheek, says to the boy, "Is that your father?"

The boy nods in fear. And Benny says, "Well then I'm gonna punch you right in the nose!"

All of us howl in laughter, including the little boy!

Then, they packed up their clubs and walked off. Both Benny and Dale said, "Thanks, kids, it's been fun meeting you!"

We got the autographs on the golf club score cards. I have them somewhere, but who knows where, dang it.
 

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Oh, wow, once again another musician death makes me feel old. RIP, Dick Dale.

I have a great Dick Dale story. I spent summers in a private community that had an unassuming 9 hole golf course. Most everyone except the locals avoided it because it didn't have the other 9 holes. This was in Lake Tahoe, so the casinos on the south shore were only 15 minutes away. The owner of the course had agreements with the casinos that the "stars" could play at the private course and not get hassled. We're talking Sammy Davis Jr., the Carpenters, 5th Dimension, Lawrence Welk, Rich Little, Danny Thomas, Jack Benny, Andy Williams--you name it. They were all there.

My cousin and I were preteens in the mid 60s when these stars were in their prime, and she was on it. The two of us would hang out in the woods and at the tees, just waiting for somebody famous to come by. (There are other stories besides this one!)

One day, we sat on a bench at one of the tees, and Jack Benny came by with Dick Dale and his young son, who sat down on the bench next to us. Benny and Dale walked up, and Benny came over to us and said, "Hi kids!"

We then asked for his autograph, and he said, "Sure, but this gentleman right here is Dick Dale, and he's the guy who's autograph you should be asking for."

We had no idea who Dick Dale was (he was opening for Jack Benny) so we said OK, we'll get your autograph, too. Both Benny and Dale were funny, engaging and nice as could be. Meantime, the little kid was sitting with us kind of quiet as Benny and Dale teed up.

Dale hit his shot first, and it landed smack dab in the middle of the fairway. Benny followed and his shot went into the trees.

So, Jack Benny, in his inimitable fashion, clasped his one hand under his elbow, and put his other up to his cheek, fingers tapping, staring at the little boy, with my cousin and me looking wide eyed. Dale tried his best to hold back his laughter, and the little boy was petrified.

Jack Benny walks up to the three of us on the bench, and tapping away at his cheek, says to the boy, "Is that your father?"

The boy nods in fear. And Benny says, "Well then I'm gonna punch you right in the nose!"

All of us howl in laughter, including the little boy!

Then, they packed up their clubs and walked off. Both Benny and Dale said, "Thanks, kids, it's been fun meeting you!"

We got the autographs on the golf club score cards. I have them somewhere, but who knows where, dang it.
Now THAT is a great story!
 

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I read earlier today that he's been touring, at 82, with cancer, because of money issues from medical bills. I'd like to believe that he'd prefer to keep gigging, but my guess is that, at his age, he'd have really liked to be retired, for at least a couple years.........marko
 

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Right up there with Jimi Hendrix for innovating the sound of this instrument and making an entire new guitar playing style. If thats true he was still touring to pay his medical bills that is a sad situation indeed. Should not happen.
 

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Sorry to hear about Dale's passing.
A true legend. RIP.
Great story Tommy.


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Opened for him a couple times with my surf band, The Dentures. It was an honor. That's his son and drummer, Jimmy Dale watching us. Bought the s/s set from his bassist, Sam Billie.... View attachment 390686
Wow that is really cool.
I liked Tarrantino's quote about people slamming doors in your face and he went to M. Dale to ask for Miserlou for PF and Dale said sure.
Always thought very highly of him for that and loved the style and playing too. I'm one of the lucky ones who knew that song before PF when a friend put it on a mix tape for me with Pixies, Cpt. Beefheart and Firehose. Was a whole "new" thing I had never heard and loved.
 

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I was asked to join a new band in 1962. We were a four piece group in the Chicago suburbs consisting of lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and me as the drummer. Most of our repertoire was made up of instrumentals. Most of those instrumentals were taken straight from Ventures albums. All of the other guys played sunburst Fender guitars and basses and I played a Rogers Black Diamond Pear set.
. Our lead player, George, played a Jazzmaster from which he coaxed Miserlou-type rapid fire picking drenched in tube reverb from his Fender amplifier. I must admit that I don't recall ever hearing the name Dick Dale until the late 1960's. But, we sure played his type of surf guitar music.
 


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