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Dick Dale, King of Surf Guitar, ‘Miserlou’ composer, is dead

FILE – In this May 27, 2007 file photo, Dick Dale, known as “The King of the Surf Guitar,” performs at B.B. King Blues Club in New York. Dale has died at age 81. His former bassist Sam Bolle says Dale passed away Saturday night, March 16, 2019. No other details were available. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File) NYSP301 NYSP301

Dale liked to say it was he and not the Beach Boys who invented surf music — and some critics have said he was right.

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