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"Misirlou" was rearranged as a solo instrumental guitar piece by American musician Dick Dale in 1962. Dale's father and uncles were Lebanese-American musicians who were a part of the nightclub scene. Although they were Arab, they, like other performers, played the music of all the main cultures which made up the nightclub patrons—that included Greek music and Misirlou. During a performance, Dale was bet by a young fan that he could not play a song on only one string of his guitar. Later that night, he remembered seeing his uncle play "Misirlou" on one string (actually a double string) of the oud. He tried to imitate that style on his guitar, but vastly increased the song's tempo to make it into rock'n'roll, and the result was the famous Dick Dale "Miserlou". It was Dale's version that introduced "Misirlou" to a wider audience in the United States as "Miserlou."

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Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American guitarist. He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was the title given to his second studio album.

Dale worked closely with the manufacturer Fender to produce custom made amplifiers including the first-ever 100-watt guitar amplifier. He pushed the limits of electric amplification technology, helping to develop equipment that was capable of producing a louder guitar sound without sacrificing reliability.

He is best-known for his 1962 arrangement of "Misirlou", the use of which in the 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction gained him a new audience.



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