Dick Dale

King of the Surf Guitar
Birth Name:
Richard Anthony Monsour
Birth Date:
May 4, 1937
Birth Place:
Boston, Massachusetts
Death Date:
March 16, 2019
Place of Death:
Loma Linda University Medical Center, Loma Linda, California
Cause of Death:
Heart and kidney failure
Cemetery Name:
Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Dick Dale was an American rock guitarist. He was the pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverb. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale was one of the most influential guitarists of all time and especially of the early 1960s. Most of the leading bands in surf music, such as The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and The Trashmen, were influenced by Dale's music, and often included recordings of Dale's songs in their albums. His style and music influenced guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Eddie Van Halen and Brian May. He has been mentioned as one of the fathers of heavy metal. Many credit him with tremolo picking, a technique that is now widely used in many musical genres (such as extreme metal, folk etc.). His speedy single-note staccato picking technique was unmatched until guitarists like Eddie Van Halen entered the music scene.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Hollywood Forever Cemetery

6000 Santa Monica Blvd.

Los Angeles, California, 90038


North America


Map of Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Hollywood, California

Grave Location:

Abbey of the Psalms, Sanctuary of Refuge, 2nd Center Aisle Niches (IAW2), Tier E, Niche 1

Grave Location Description

As you enter the cemetery take the second right and drive to the end and turn left and park in front of the golden gates and marble entryway to the Abbey of the Psalms. Walk up the stairs and take the second corridor on your left. The King of the Surf Guitar is in the second aisle niche, five row from the bottom on the end at eye level.

Grave Location GPS

34.0889668248, -118.321827019



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