Dick Dale And his Del-Tones: The Surfers Choice

Dick Dale Surfers Choice Black Bull Blues

Surfers Choice, Dick Dale’s  debut album

In 1962 Dick Dale and his Del-Tones released the ground breaking album ‘Surfers Choice’ which realised a tsunami in the world of Rock ‘n Roll and Surf. The album quickly sold 75,000 copies in Southern California. The succes of Dale was compared to other legendary musician in the March 1963 Billboard magazine issue: “The only comparison between Dick Dale and the early Presley or Sinatra is the ferocious loyalty of his fans”, relating the succes of Dick Dale to the explosions Sinatra and Presley accomplished among young fans.

Let’s Go Trippin and Shake n Stomp

This album features a mix of rock ‘n roll, garage and surf songs. In “Let’s go Trippin'”, which is considered the first ever Surf Rock song, you hear a mix trumpet based rock ‘n roll and rhythmic beats in the style of Bo Diddley. “Shake n Stomp” is an instrumental song that can be seen as a surf classic remarkable for the high reverb and fast guitar riff.

Dick Dale Invented Surf Rock Music

According to Dick Dale’s website he invented surf music in the 1950’s. Not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down.

Dick Dale formed his band at the Rendezvous Ballroom in Balboa and performed there for two solid years.

He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.

“A Dick Dale audience at first glance, might seem like any crowd of highly enthisiastic young people. But when you look closely, you notice an amazing difference. They are actually well behaved!”

– Billboard Magazine 1963 –

Dick Dale Virtual Museum

Find, read, listen and see more about Dick Dale on his website and take a look around at the Virtual Museum. you’ll find a whole lot of great stuff!

Dick Dale on the music business

Dick Dale – Surfin’ Swingin’/Misirlou/Wedge Live 1963

Let’s Go Trippin’


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