Jack White paid tribute to Dick Dale after the death of King of the Surf guitar on Sunday. Like a generation of guitarists before him, White was inspired by Dale’s pioneering style. “I spent many moments learning his huge revered guitar in my room, and I still enjoy playing his song” Nitro “whenever I can,” White wrote on the Third Man Records Instagram album. “Unfortunately, I could never meet him.”
In addition to developing the surf rock genre, Dale also helps to shape the modern electric guitar thanks to his close relationship with Leo Fender, the then owner of the guitar company.
“A unique innovator of the guitar with select fusion style and arrogance for miles,” continued White. “I remember that I traveled alone to Pontiac from Detroit to watch him play when he was sixteen. That upside-down golden spark that Fender needs to hang in some special place. ”
Brian Wilson also paid tribute to Dale on social media: “I’m sorry to hear about Dick Dale’s death.” Dick’s guitar playing was a big influence for all of us, and we covered “Misirlou” on our album Surfin ‘USA in ’63. “