Dick Dale & His Del-Tones


Among other things, the 1994 film Pulp Fiction served to reintroduce one of the founding fathers of the surf soundDick Dale (real name:  Richard Monsour), whose signature instrumental masterpiece, “Misirlou” (released in 1962 and officially by Dick Dale & His Del-Tones) is included on the soundtrack.  The song is of Greek origin with Middle Eastern influences and dates from 1927; phonetically, the title is the same as how the word “Egyptian” sounds in the Turkish language.  I once heard Dick Dale describe his fierce guitar technique as playing the instrument as though it were a set of drums. 


(December 2014)


Last edited: March 22, 2021