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Dick Dale was born on May 4, 1937 and is 86 years old now.
Birthday: May 4, 1937
How Old - Age: 86
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Dick Dale - Biography
Dick Dale is an American musician, guitarist who was born on May 4, 1937. Richard Anthony Monsour better known by his stage name Dick Dale, is an American rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He pioneered and created what many call the surf music style, drawing on Middle-Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. He worked closely with Fender to produce custom made amplifiers, including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier.
He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop new equipment that was capable of producing distorted, "thick, clearly defined tones" at "previously undreamed-of volumes." The "breakneck speed of his single-note staccato picking technique" and showmanship with the guitar is considered a precursor to heavy metal music, influencing guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen.
Dale was married at least twice. In the early 1970s, his wife Jeannie Monsour was a Las Vegas dancer who worked in a revue with Dale. Their son James was 20 years old in 2012, Dale said that same year he had not spoken to Jeannie in over a decade and rarely saw James. As of 2015, his wife Lana was his manager.
Dale has said that he has never used alcohol or other drugs for health reasons, and discourages their use by band members and road crew. In 1972, he stopped eating red meat. He studied martial arts (Kenpo karate) for over 30 years. In 2017 at the age of 80 he was delivering physically energetic live shows. In early 2008, he experienced a recurrence of rectal cancer and finished a surgical, chemotherapy, and radiation treatment regime.