R.I.P. Dick Dale, Pioneer of Surf Rock Guitar, Passes Away at Age of 81

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Dick Dale, the pioneer of surf rock guitar who was best known for his 1962 hit “Misirlou,” has passed away at the age of 81.

He died on Saturday night, Dale’s live bassist, Sam Bolle, confirmed to the Guardian.

You’d be familiar with the song nowadays through the movie Pulp Fiction.

MISIRLOU - Dick Dale

But it’s obvious his effect on popular guitar playing was felt far and wide and we’re fairly certain a lot of guitar players fell in love with his sound and will pay some proper tribute to a fallen hero.

Here’s what Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys had to say:

Here are some other tributes we’ve seen pouring in, too…

SOURCEThe Guardian