I met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me.
Buddy Rich was one of the most incredible technicians in the world, on this planet, but the only people he could really impress, who knew what he was doing was another musician or another drummer.
They're putting cement dust into cattle feed to make the cows heavier; the FDA knows all about it.
I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums, which you're not supposed to do.
Hendrix was the bass player for Little Richard. We were both left-handed, but we would use a right-handed guitar held upside down and backwards. He developed my slides and my riffs. In fact he used to say, and this is documented, 'I patterned my style after Dick Dale.'
Every song is like a painting.
Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
I was reading a magazine when I was a little kid, probably about twelve years old, and an ad said that if you sell so many jars of Noxzema skin cream, we'll sell you a ukulele. So I went out and banged on doors in the snow in Quincy, Massachusetts, where I was raised, and I sold the skin cream.
That's what my music does for me. It makes people happy. When I play, I thank the Lord I've never seen someone walk away from a Dick Dale dance not having a good time. That's what it's all about.
I learned everything by ear and played all the different instruments. So then I was able to find a guitar. That was, like, in the seventh grade. And then I didn't know how to put my fingers on all the different strings, so I had to figure out how to do it upside down and backwards, and I still play that way today.
I thought of Gene Krupa's drumming, his staccato drumming. I went and put 'Misirlou' to that rhythm.
I blew amps like they were made of tissue paper. Once I blew out the sound system at Royal Albert Hall in London.
I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things. People would give me lions and jaguars. I had cheetahs, monkeys.
Whatever you do, don't take shortcuts. It's great advice to take and live by.
I used to be a mean maniac. Someone once threw a firecracker at a show and I jumped off the side of the stage and whacked 'em on the side of the head.
I do not play to musicians. I play to the people.
I'll just tell you the way it is. You ask me what time it is and I'm gonna tell you how to build a clock.
Little Richard, he'd say, 'Oh Dick Dale! You have luscious lips!'
I don't like to use the word 'fans;' I call them 'Dick Dale music lovers.'
I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.