Top 107 Dick Dale Quotes

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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.”

― Dick Dale

“Whatever you do, don’t take shortcuts. It’s great advice to take and live by.”

― Dick Dale

“I actually first picked up an ukulele before I picked up a guitar.”

― Dick Dale

“I called it Rockabilly ’cause I was rocking the strums, which you’re not supposed to do.”

― Dick Dale

“Every song is like a painting.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“I grew a love for helpless, defenseless things. People would give me lions and jaguars. I had cheetahs, monkeys.”

― Dick Dale

“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.’”

― Dick Dale

“You know, music is sex. It’s a sensual driving mode that affects people if it’s played a certain way.”

― Dick Dale

“Surf music is actually just the sound of the waves played on a guitar: that wet, splashy sound.”

― Dick Dale

“I enjoy living like a hermit, but I cannot live like a hermit.”

― Dick Dale

“When I was 18 at the Santa Ana River Jetty is where I put my first board in the water that I ever got from Joe Quigg. I was just riding the whitewater in, and I was just in heaven.”

― Dick Dale

“The Stratocaster is like the Rolls-Royce. It can never be surpassed.”

― Dick Dale

“As I’d go out learning to surf, I’d feel the power of waves coming over my body. It’s like you’re with God.”

― Dick Dale

“People ask about love. Real love. I was never in love; the people around me didn’t love me. They were just along for the ride.”

― Dick Dale

“I don’t play pyrotechnic scales. I play about frustration, patience, anger. Music is an extension of my soul.”

― Dick Dale

“Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.”

― Dick Dale

“I used to surf up in Ventura County at Silver Strand; plus, I’ve played up there many times.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“I became stereotyped.”

― Dick Dale

“I’m constantly being influenced by the soul that’s directly in front of me.”

― Dick Dale

“I met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“I can play every instrument there is, every horn, I’ve played all the saxes and trumpets and everything and keyboards.”

― Dick Dale

“My aunt played the piano and I used to sit and listen to it.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“People just loved the sound because I kept it simple.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“The kids called me King of the Surf Guitar. I surfed sunup to sundown.”

― Dick Dale

“I don’t claim to be a musician, I didn’t go to Julliard.”

― Dick Dale

“I always felt people should live with animals.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“I wanted to put a sheet in explaining what all the songs are about, but they didn’t do it.”

― Dick Dale

“I’m a perfectionist. I’m not going to cheat the people.”

― Dick Dale

“Some guys record an album with songs that are filler. I recorded this album like it was my last.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“I’ve got holes in my guitar.”

― Dick Dale

“Jimi was a good guy ’til he got into drugs. That’s the way it is. I just tell it like it is.”

― Dick Dale

“I almost had to have my leg amputated because of an infection.”

― Dick Dale

“You can’t eat fish. It’s 6,000 parts DDT per million all over the world, not counting radiation.”

― Dick Dale

“My music is more native than intricate or technical.”

― Dick Dale

“When I started surfing, you’d hear this neat rumbling sound when you took off and go for the drop, and when the wave is lipping up over the top of you, it makes this hissing sound.”

― Dick Dale

“Surfers were the ones who named all my songs. They’d yell out the names, and we just kept ’em.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“I have all the rhythm in my left hand, and I use the rhythms that Gene Krupa did on his drums.”

― Dick Dale

“I thought of Gene Krupa’s drumming, his staccato drumming. I went and put ‘Misirlou’ to that rhythm.”

― Dick Dale

“I make my guitar scream with pain or pleasure or sensuality. It makes people move their feet and shake their bodies. That’s what music does.”

― Dick Dale

“My mind never left 20, because once it does, that’s when you start to die.”

― Dick Dale

“I know what it’s like to wash my clothes in a Chevron station.”

― Dick Dale

“When I played with Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings in Vegas, the guys used to go, ‘Dick, cut it out, man! You’re moving around too much on this stage. You’re making us look bad!’”

― Dick Dale

“I’ve never followed a list in my life, and that’s probably what has created so much nervous energy in my body.”

― Dick Dale

“I surfed Dana Point, San Clemente, and of course Huntington Beach. Every morning, you could find me at the hot water pipe.”

― Dick Dale

“Drums were my first instrument.”

― Dick Dale

“I blew amps like they were made of tissue paper. Once I blew out the sound system at Royal Albert Hall in London.”

― Dick Dale

“You know what the doctors call me? ‘The Cancer Warrior.’”

― Dick Dale

“Dick Dale don’t surf no more.”

― Dick Dale

“Earthlings are confused, insecure. And some Earthlings have no heritage: that’s what leads them to kill each other and rob 7-11 stores.”

― Dick Dale

“I live like in the days of Daniel Boone, hauling water by hand. I used to have two Rolls-Royces. Now I got one. It’s got four flat tires; the trunk is open, and a rat lives inside it.”

― Dick Dale

“Nothing could capture the sound of Dick Dale – he was too loud.”

― Dick Dale

“Every time I do an album, I say, ‘That’s the last one.’”

― Dick Dale

“I’ve been performing since 1955. I’m going to have to keep performing till I die because I’m not going to die in some rocking chair with a big ol’ beer belly.”

― Dick Dale

“I make jokes because humor is the greatest healing factor that there is.”

― Dick Dale

“When I play, I don’t cheat. I played for 490,000 in Berlin, and I’ll play just as hard for 100.”

― Dick Dale

“I smashed my tailbone and couldn’t sit for five years, and I broke my clavicle because I thought I was a great surfer, and of course, I could be a great snowboarder, too. Man, was I wiped out!”

― Dick Dale

“I don’t like to use the word ‘fans;’ I call them ‘Dick Dale music lovers.’”

― Dick Dale

“With every problem comes a gift in hand.”

― Dick Dale

“I’m not one of these guys who is dedicated to playing or performing – that’s just one facet of my life.”

― Dick Dale

“I answer number one to myself, because I know myself. I answer to my fans, because they know me. My mother knows me and God knows me, and that’s where it’s at.”

― Dick Dale

“When I come onstage, I’m exploding.”

― Dick Dale

“I’ve been called ‘the father of loud.’”

― Dick Dale

“If you ask me what I’d rather be doing, well, I’d rather be home in California, watching TV, polishing my tools and working around the ranch.”

― Dick Dale

“I may play the same songs night to night, but I never play them the same way.”

― Dick Dale

“I like to say, ‘I hit every type of music in a show, and I play the people, not the instruments.’”

― Dick Dale

“If I ever wrote a book, people would never believe it.”

― Dick Dale

“My father never put me on his lap and said he loved me.”

― Dick Dale

“I’d rather be a Jack-of-all-trades than master of one. If I became an icon, where my whole life was music, I would probably have become a vegetable. I wouldn’t be able to have all these talents I have today and be an interesting ‘character.’”

― Dick Dale

“I’ve never taken a lesson in my life, and I can play every instrument there is. I play by ear, but I can fool anybody into thinking I went to some conservatory of music.”

― Dick Dale

“I do not play to musicians. I play to the people.”

― Dick Dale

“They’re putting cement dust into cattle feed to make the cows heavier; the FDA knows all about it.”

― Dick Dale

“What I play now isn’t surf music. It’s too powerful. I used to go through paper bags; now I go through brick walls. I play hard.”

― Dick Dale

“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.”

― Dick Dale

“When my guitar was growling, playing surf beat, you could hear it; you could feel it.”

― Dick Dale

“I’m going to make people happy. I’m going to make them forget about their cancer. I’m going to make them forget about their diabetes.”

― Dick Dale

“What we perceive things to be when they come out of our mouth is not what the listener perceives it to be. They think it differently. They’re not your blood. They’re not your mind. You get in an argument.”

― Dick Dale

“My philosophy is that on a scale of 1 to 10, I will go to 15. No matter what!”

― Dick Dale

“I try to read the audience, see what they’re in the mood for.”

― Dick Dale

“Springsteen – he’s the Lord God.”

― Dick Dale

“Kids don’t see me as an oldies person when I go out on stage. They see me as an energy force.”

― Dick Dale

“I don’t live with the ‘right’ people. I don’t want to. I don’t want to live with the rich in Beverly Hills or walk the streets of Hollywood. I want to go to K-mart and get good deals.”

― Dick Dale

“Music is nothing but a door opener to meet families and their children and the elderly.”

― Dick Dale

“People who have witnessed all the years of me playing, they bring their kids and say, ‘I used to see this guy when I was fourteen!’”

― Dick Dale

“In the Shao Lin temple, they never allow you to touch the skin of a drum until you can tongue what you’re going to play.”

― Dick Dale

“The ultimate guitar players can play every scale in the book.”

― Dick Dale

“Gene Krupa was my big hero, and I used to play on my mother’s flour cans and sugar cans with the kitchen knives, listening to the big bands on my dad’s records. Gene Krupa and Harry James.”

― Dick Dale

“I’m dedicated to touring the rest of my life.”

― Dick Dale

“I refuse to bring my son up in a world corrupt as it is now.”

― Dick Dale

“Surf music is played through a Showman amp with a Stratocaster guitar.”

― Dick Dale

“For 20 years I’ve been screaming at these guitar companies, saying, ‘It’s abnormal to put your arm around an acoustic guitar that is about 6 to 8 inches deep.’ Your arm reaches over, and you start to strum, and then all of a sudden you get a charley horse in your back. The older you get, the greater the charley horse.”

― Dick Dale

“When I first played the guitar without plugging it into an amplifier, the people at Fender were blown away. They couldn’t believe the sound. I said, ‘See, gentlemen, the world is no longer flat.’”

― Dick Dale

“The Musicians Hall of Fame is chosen by thousands of your peers. So it’s the real thing.”

― Dick Dale

“Little Richard, he’d say, ‘Oh Dick Dale! You have luscious lips!’”

― Dick Dale
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