Jack White Honors King of the Surf Guitar Dick Dale Following His Death

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Dick Dale photographed in 2002.

On Saturday night (Mar. 16), the music world lost surf rock legend, Dick Dale. Among the countless artists influenced by his signature sound is Jack White, who took to Instagram to pay tribute to the icon he looked up to throughout his life.  

"I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song 'Nitro' whenever I can. Sadly, I never got to meet him," the White Stripes front man wrote alongside a photo of Dale and his well known gold guitar.     


"A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen. That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special."    

The King of the Surf Guitar was 81 at the time of his death. He and his band, the Del-Tones, built the stereotypical 1960s California Sound. His hit version of the Greek traditional folk song “Misirlou” was covered by the Beach Boys, the Ventures, the Trashmen and more.   

See White's tribute below.