A new year brings a new motto for guitarist Dick Dale, the man who helped create surf rock in the early s. Dale spent the last part of in and out of Orange County Superior Court fighting child molestation charges he was acquitted on 10 of 12 charges and the other two were dismissed. A week later, Dale was severely injured while cooking popcorn when the hot oil exploded and left second-degree burns over much of his body, including his left hand, which is still reddened and deeply scarred from the accident. For instance, when I do shows to raise money for burn victims, now I can talk to them and know what they are going through. Dale also credits his ability to persevere to extensive training in martial arts, Eastern philosophy and his experiences raising exotic animals.
Medical bills kept surf-rock legend Dick Dale touring till the end
Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, ‘Miserlou’ composer, dies at 81
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Surf Music History: The So-Cal Sound Of Dick Dale's Instrumentals
Dale was a major influence on a generation of musicians thanks to his compositions "Miserlou" and "Let's Go Trippin. California Rocker first reported Dale's death. Sources told the site that the musician, who was battling several health issues in recent years, died around 4 a.
Left: Dick Dale. Right: The Ventures. The story of surf rock and surf guitar has one big hero: Dick Dale.