It is probably one of the most important records in the history of modern music. One Dick Dale biography proclaims him the father of heavy metal, as his unmistakable guitar technique would serve as inspiration for many renowned rock 'aces', including Jimi Hendrix (left-handed, as was he) and Eddie Van Halen. That might at first seem a little far-fetched, but a quick listen to this musical jewel recorded in 1963 will show you such a claim is in fact not far from the truth. The undisputed king of the surf guitar was also a close collaborator with Leo Fender and between the two of them they forged some of the foundations that make the great instrument that we know today. This alone is enough to enter rock legend. The surfboard was just a means of getting there.
King Of The Surf Guitar was his first record with Capitol Records, who signed him after his hit with Surf Beat (from the LP Surfers’ Choice), his first real hit as Dick Dale and His Del-Tones on a label that sold tens of thousands of copies back in 1963 and was the Dale's first taste of the big time. This was the machine-gun sound of an upcoming guitarist dressed in swimwear who had invented a musical style that a year later the youngsters would go wild to throughout the USA, with or without a beach to jive on.