As legend has it, a young guitarist from Boston by the name of Dick Dale headed to the coast of southern California in 1954 and brought with him a style of double-picked guitar commonly heard in early rock & roll's country-soaked chart toppers. It wasn't long before his popularity with the kids in the beach clubs began to grow, and the gigs started to expand in size and frequency. All the while, Dale spent the sea lion's share of his days on the beaches hanging out with surfers, riding waves and soaking up the endless summer. His stringwork began to take cues from the untamable beauty of the ocean and the spirit of surf culture, gradually morphing into a more furious sound that involved faster picking and cascading runs up and down the fretboard. Dale compared his playing to the sensation of cruising atop waves on a longboard, and the radical style of instrumental rock he helped pioneer was thereafter known as "surf" music. In 1961, with his band the Del-Tones, Dick Dale released the wildly successful "Let's Go Trippin'" -- a song widely acknowledged to be the first instrumental surf recording -- and the title "King of the Surf... More >>>