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As a little child I used to listen to my father's big records, big 78's. I used to listen to guys like the big Harry James records and Gene Krupa. We didn't have a lot of money. My parents both worked, and I was born in Boston.
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As a little kid I had a girlfriend, and her boyfriend used to beat me up, so then I used to sing these songs, and that's what it's all about. Country music is all about your heart and your people and things like that.
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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.
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Don't even bother telling me about dirty music unless you can tell me what dirty music is. From then on I was a rebel.
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Every song is like a painting.
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Every time I went into the studio some engineer tried to impress me with how they're going to capture my sound with all kinds of tricks. But they limited the sound and never allowed me to play how I felt.
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Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.
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I almost had to have my leg amputated because of an infection.
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I always felt people should live with animals.
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I always wanted a guitar. I always wanted to be a cowboy singer because I also listened to Hank Williams, and he would always sing these neat romantic songs.
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I became stereotyped.
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I called it Rockabilly 'cause I was rocking the strums, which you're not supposed to do.
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I can play every instrument there is, every horn, I've played all the saxes and trumpets and everything and keyboards.
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I don't claim to be a musician, I didn't go to Julliard.
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I don't play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.
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I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things. People would give me lions and jaguars. I had cheetahs, monkeys.
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I had rectal cancer. I was given three months to live and I went down to 98 pounds. I had never missed a show, but this time I was so sick that I did. Jimi found out about my surgery. Jimi thought I was dying, and that's why he said you'll never hear Surf music again.
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I held a ukulele upside down, not realizing that and I couldn't understand why my fingers wouldn't stretch where they were supposed to go.
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I met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me.
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I mixed my music with my lions and tigers. When you've got two mother nature forces you can't control, then you've got to go with them. When a lion puts 18 stitches in your skull, man realizes he is nothing, when you paddle over 10-foot waves, study martial arts for 30 years, you understand silence.
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I play different everytime I play. To get a four star review in Rolling Stone and have them say Dick Dale's a pioneer, he should be playing with... it's frustrating.
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I studied martial arts 30 years.
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I told them if were going to do it were going to do it right, I'm not leaving 'til it's done. My wife, child and I slept in the studio. We cut these raw.
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I took my Pepsi Cola bottles in my little red wagon flyer and went about four miles down to the store and cashed in my little Pepsi bottles for a couple of cents a bottle and raised five dollars and ninety five cents. I bought this cream and brown plastic ukulele.
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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.
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I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn't do it.
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I went to work for Hughes Aircraft in metallurgy and in heat treatment for metal.
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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.
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I'm a perfectionist. I'm not going to cheat the people.
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I'm constantly being influenced by the soul that's directly in front of me.
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I'm into just chopping, chopping at 60 gauge, 50 gauge strings. That's the sound, the sound of the waves chopping. The Surfing sound is not the reverb.
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I've got holes in my guitar.
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Jimi was a good guy 'til he got into drugs. That's the way it is. I just tell it like it is.
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Music is an attitude. It's a sensation to the average person, to the human being. And keep it simple, stupid. That's always been my theory.
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My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.
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My philosophy is the thicker the wood the thicker the sound, the bigger the string the bigger the sound. My smallest string is a 14 gauge.
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My son now is 22 months old, he's been playing since he was 12 months old and he gets standing ovations on the drums. He's been with us since he was 10 weeks old, he's been on the drums. He's got blisters on his fingers before he can even talk.
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My uncle gave me a trumpet, but I loved the Louis Armstrong sound and the Harry James sound and I played by ear and I played always soulful or very direct from the gut.
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Nobody was allowed at that time to throw dances playing a guitar because guitars were considered evil. It was called devil music. It's a fact. The cities would not issue permits to people to throw these kinds of dances.
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People just loved the sound because I kept it simple.
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Some guys record an album with songs that are filler. I recorded this album like it was my last.
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The average person doesn't know an augmented 9th or 13th, so neither do I, 'cause I never went to school for music.
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The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.
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There is a saying; He who speaks does not know. He who knows does not speak. Music is just one facet of my life.
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There's a saying. If you want someone to love you forever, buy a dog, feed it and keep it around.
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These people who don't know anything talk and talk. That's why monks go off to the mountains. That's why old people don't talk much. They just smile and go through life as it is. The only honesty I've found is in rare people, like surfers with the spirituality of the waves. Also in animals.
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When I came onto the scene, out here in the West Coast there were only two styles. One was Country and the other was Jazz.
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When I start playing I'm just a rollercoaster of sound. I don't know what's coming next, I never do, and I sit and sign and talk to the people afterwards.
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When my mom and dad would leave in the evening I would take their canister set, their sugar and their cookies and all these little metal cans and I'd take these knives and I'd bang on them with these regular kitchen knives and I'd play the drums and that's how I developed all this rhythm.
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Where are you calling from? Omaha. Well, no wonder you don't know what's going on.
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You can't eat fish. It's 6,000 parts DDT per million all over the world, not counting radiation.
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You know, music is sex. It's a sensual driving mode that affects people if it's played a certain way.
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You shouldn't even be writing this story if you haven't heard me play live. You can't write with the passion you receive until you see a Dick Dale concert.
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