Sunday, June 18, 2006

Swingin' & Surfin'

In the early Sixties, before the Beatles and the British invasion, instrumental rock 'n' roll and surf music were probably the most exciting things to hear.
Dick Dale, known as the king of surf guitar, has been one of the first musicians inspired by this sport loved by Californian people. His unique guitar style has somehow anticipated garage-rock, with his rough approach, and psychedelia, because of his use of reverberation. He's also been the first one to use a Fender Stratocaster, that later became the rock instrument itself.
This footage is taken from one of his many appearances at the Ed Sullivan Show, in 1963. He plays a medley of his most successful pieces; everyone will recognize the guitar solo of Miserlou, recorded in '62 with The Del-Tones, the song that made him famous again thanks to the soundtrack of Tarantino's movie Pulp Fiction.
Another famous instrumental surf band were The Ventures; from a 1966 concert we can see them playing a great version of the classic piece Wipe Out, first recorded by The Surfaris in 1962.

Dick Dale - Swingin' & Surfin' (1963)
Ventures - Wipe Out (1966)

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Cheers

Mirco

2 Comments:

Blogger foxtrot said...

Muito obrigado! :)
Dick dale é sem duvida o rei da surf music, mas os Ventures nao deixam por menos...

6/28/2006 3:10 AM  
Blogger Mirco said...

Obrigado a voce! O seu blog também é muito legal ;-)

6/28/2006 3:43 AM  

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