posted on Mar, 18 2019 @ 12:15 PM
If Dick Dale is compared to many modern players, he was not nearly as technically proficient.
But we have to remember the 1950s/1960s were a different time: the electric guitar was still a fairly new thing in popular music and people were
inventing new sounds and new applications. Django Reinhardt, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Dick Dale, The Ventures, and Link Wray (among a few others) were
the first guitar heroes. When you saw them with a guitar hanging from their shoulder, you wanted to BE them.
Link Wray was not very technically proficient, but what he lacked in speed and articulation--he more than compensated for that in attitude and groove.
Wray paced the stage like a caged leopard and could wring sounds out of his guitar that were wonderful and scary at the same time.
True rock and roll is not about how-many-notes-per-minute. It's an attitude and lifestyle. It's about breaking the mold. You can play a single note
and be a total badass. Wray is the Godfather of Punk Guitar.
Another perfect example of this is Jimmy Wilsey, guitarist on Chris Isaak's tune Wicked Game: he was the king of "slow" and he was a real badass. He
passed away three weeks ago
( R.I.P. Jimmy
Dick Dale was a huge influence in the development and popularization of the 'surf sound'. He also worked closely with Leo Fender to develop larger,
louder amplifiers (the Fender Showman and Dual Showman) in the days when a 20-watt amp was considered loud. This was years before Jim Marshall would
copy the Fender Bassman, flip it upside down, add two more power tubes and beefier transformers, and establish The British Sound of rock and roll.
And the rest is history.
THANK YOU Dick Dale for all the wonderful music.