Interview with Dick Dale, May 15, 1998

Project: Chasing Sound Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, interviewer Susan Schmidt Horning and legendary guitarist Dick Dale discuss his career as a musician and the influence he had on rock and roll music.

Dale discusses the musical artists who influenced him and the history of what became known as the 'surf sound.' Dale then elaborates on his collaboration with Leo Fender, founder of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, who developed a specialized amplification unit specifically for Dale's use.

Finally, Dale discusses his personal life, including the birth of his son and his attitude towards drug and alcohol use.

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2016oh194_chase026

Interviewee Name

Dick Dale

Interviewer Name

Susan Schmidt Horning

Interview Date

1998-05-15

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Dale, Dick Interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. 15 May. 1998. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Dale, D. (1998, May 15). Interview by S. S. Horning. Chasing Sound Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Dale, Dick, interview by Susan Schmidt Horning. May 15, 1998, Chasing Sound Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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