Surf guitar legend, Dick Dale, will certainly go down in history as one of the most influential guitarists of all time. His signature staccato runs are iconic and still resonate with guitarists today (and filmmakers, see Pulp Fiction). None of his success and groundbreaking guitar work would have ever happened if not for his father.
“My dad tricked me into music, when I was a kid. He told me I had to play guitar behind my friend Billy at a talent contest — and I didn’t say no to my dad. He was very tough, from Beirut, Lebanon, where they’d cut off your hand if you stole something. So he told me to play guitar for Billy, but he also told Billy to get up and walk off the stage, to leave me there. And he did. But I never back off from a challenge, so I just stayed there and faked, kept on playing.”That’s certainly one way to begin a career. We love that he pressed on even when he had no idea what he was doing. Sometimes, the greats just fall into their careers. What about you all? How did you get your start on the guitar? Tell us below and to read more about Dick Dale’s wonderful career, head over to LA Weekly.