Popular Guitar Dick Dale dies at 81

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The California rocker behind the song “Misirlou” which plays during the opening scene of “Pulp Fiction,” has died at the age of 81.

His death was confirmed on Facebook by Dusty Watson, a drummer who once toured with Dale, though the cause of death was not immediately known.

Dubbed the “King of Surf Guitar,” the genre he invented in the 1950s, Dale’s work was influential to a generation of musicians including The Beach Boys, Eddie Van Halen and Jimi Hendrix.

The keen surfer and musical pioneer described the style in a 1994 interview with the New York Times as “a heavy machine-gun staccato picking style to represent the power of Mother Nature, of our Earth, of our ocean.”

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