Lost Treasures: Dick Dale & the Del-Tones – Surfin’ & A-Swingin'”


From 1963, king of the surf guitarists Dick Dale’s Capitol single “Surfin’ & A-Swingin'”  is this week’s treasure.  Born  Richard Anthony Monsour, Dick’s unique style & use of reverb & over-amplification led him to partner with guitar maker Leo Fender & the Altec Lansing speaker company to develop innovative new equipment & guitars fitting for the “Father of Heavy Metal”.  Dick & his group the Del-Tones had a number of minor hits throughout the 60’s & appeared in a few ‘beach movies’.  “Surfin’ & A-Swingin'” was featured in the movie “Beach Party” starring Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello.  Although  not credited, this single was produced by legendary L.A. pop producer Gary Usher, who also co-authored this hit. After the popularity of surf music waned, his career was revived during the mid-80’s surf-punk revival.  Dick was plagued with a number of serious health problems, including colorectal cancer  & diabetes which often sidelined his attempts to regain popularity.  His unique guitar style was considered influential by noted guitar players Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, & Stevie Ray Vaughn among others.  In 2009, he was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville; also the Surfing Walk of Fame in Huntington Beach CA.  Dick Dale often noted that he was forced to continue a heavy touring schedule for his remaining life due to his numerous health problems & their associated costs.  He last appeared in Seattle in June 2009 & had tour dates booked through November 2019.  Dick Dale died this past March 16 as a result of both heart & kidney failure.  The staff at Puget Sound Media hope you have a great weekend & thanks for your input & comments!

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

4 thoughts on “Lost Treasures: Dick Dale & the Del-Tones – Surfin’ & A-Swingin'”

    1. My brother went thru a phase of surfin’ music and guitar rock. Naturally, he had a Duane Eddy album, which we played to death.

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