Zitat des Tages von Dick Dale:
I've been called 'the father of loud.'
I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
I can play every instrument there is, every horn, I've played all the saxes and trumpets and everything and keyboards.
As I'd go out learning to surf, I'd feel the power of waves coming over my body. It's like you're with God.
I almost had to have my leg amputated because of an infection.
The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.
When I start playing I'm just a rollercoaster of sound. I don't know what's coming next, I never do, and I sit and sign and talk to the people afterwards.
People just loved the sound because I kept it simple.
I've got holes in my guitar.
When I was 18 at the Santa Ana River Jetty is where I put my first board in the water that I ever got from Joe Quigg. I was just riding the whitewater in, and I was just in heaven.
Surf music is played through a Showman amp with a Stratocaster guitar.
Some guys record an album with songs that are filler. I recorded this album like it was my last.
You know, music is sex. It's a sensual driving mode that affects people if it's played a certain way.
I'll just tell you the way it is. You ask me what time it is and I'm gonna tell you how to build a clock.
Every time I went into the studio some engineer tried to impress me with how they're going to capture my sound with all kinds of tricks. But they limited the sound and never allowed me to play how I felt.
I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.
You know what the doctors call me? 'The Cancer Warrior.'
My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.
My philosophy is the thicker the wood the thicker the sound, the bigger the string the bigger the sound. My smallest string is a 14 gauge.
You shouldn't even be writing this story if you haven't heard me play live. You can't write with the passion you receive until you see a Dick Dale concert.
Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
Every song is like a painting.
Kids don't see me as an oldies person when I go out on stage. They see me as an energy force.
I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things. People would give me lions and jaguars. I had cheetahs, monkeys.
Hendrix was the bass player for Little Richard. We were both left-handed, but we would use a right-handed guitar held upside down and backwards. He developed my slides and my riffs. In fact he used to say, and this is documented, 'I patterned my style after Dick Dale.'
As a little kid I had a girlfriend, and her boyfriend used to beat me up, so then I used to sing these songs, and that's what it's all about. Country music is all about your heart and your people and things like that.
I don't claim to be a musician, I didn't go to Julliard.
I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums, which you're not supposed to do.
Buddy Rich was one of the most incredible technicians in the world, on this planet, but the only people he could really impress, who knew what he was doing was another musician or another drummer.
Jimi was a good guy 'til he got into drugs. That's the way it is. I just tell it like it is.
Dick Dale don't surf no more.
My uncle gave me a trumpet, but I loved the Louis Armstrong sound and the Harry James sound and I played by ear and I played always soulful or very direct from the gut.
I became stereotyped.
Every time I do an album, I say, 'That's the last one.'
I'm a perfectionist. I'm not going to cheat the people.