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Dick Dale

Dick DaleDick was truly King of the Surf Guitar, having pretty much invented the sound. In trying to mimic the sounds and feelings of riding the waves he broke the thickest guitar strings and regularly wore his picks down to nothing. In 1962 he released surf music's first album 'Surfer's Choice'. He was forced to retire in 1966 when diagnosed with rectal cancer, but fought off the disease and went on to breed rare animals, gain a pilot's licence and become an environmental campaigner.

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