So, since about the early 1980's I have loved instrumental surf music. Naturally, being a younger rock and roll guy, I was a fan of the king of the surf guitar... the 115 decibel surf guitar attack of Dıck Dale.
I was very fortunate to get to talk to Dıck on a number of occasions because I used to have a side gig writing for some "scene" type magazines until I was in my 40s and just too busy for rock and roll anymore.
He hit on my cute girlfriend (later my wife) at a wine and cheese party thing in 1989, he signed my favorite guitar, he taught me how to get the E strings backwards... we had dinner a couple of times. I was so happy when I got to chat with him a few minutes the last time he was through. He was sitting down to play and I know he didn't have much road left.
Anyway, Dıck Dale is the king of surf guitar, period. RIP