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Dick Dale

1937 - 2019

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Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist. He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverb. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dick Dale has received more than 2,088,778 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Dick Dale is the 597th most popular musician (down from 504th in 2019), the 3,130th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,651st in 2019) and the 185th most popular American Musician.

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  • 34

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 3.41

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 4.16

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, Dick Dale ranks 597 out of 2,662Before him are Willy DeVille, Josef Suk, Robert de Visée, Tony Sheridan, Lead Belly, and Ben Webster. After him are Hilton Valentine, Claude Bolling, Julian Fontana, Elvis Costello, Jeff Buckley, and Pierre Rode.

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Among people born in 1937, Dick Dale ranks 166Before him are Marie Dubois, Richard Jordan, Harris Yulin, Rudi Altig, Aleksandr Demyanenko, and Édith Scob. After him are Waylon Jennings, Carlos Westendorp, Joe Viterelli, Jay Rockefeller, Lusine Zakaryan, and John Hume. Among people deceased in 2019, Dick Dale ranks 142Before him are Jean-Pierre Marielle, Nasrallah Boutros Sfeir, Jean Starobinski, Václav Vorlíček, William Levada, and Édith Scob. After him are Mark Hollis, Patrick Sercu, Syd Mead, Lê Đức Anh, Ric Ocasek, and Luigi Colani.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dick Dale ranks 3,130 out of 18,182Before him are Douglas Tompkins (1943), Jesse Jackson (1941), Mabel Normand (1892), James Curtis Hepburn (1815), Wilford Brimley (1934), and Ralph Bunche (1904). After him are Robert Gates (1943), Howlin' Wolf (1910), Jonathan Frakes (1952), Brent Spiner (1949), Rensis Likert (1903), and Hal Ashby (1929).

Among MUSICIANS In United States

Among musicians born in United States, Dick Dale ranks 185Before him are Ma Rainey (1886), Nikki Sixx (1958), Curtis Mayfield (1942), Willy DeVille (1950), Lead Belly (1888), and Ben Webster (1909). After him are Jeff Buckley (1966), Marty Friedman (1962), Frank Beard (1949), GG Allin (1956), Michael Stipe (1960), and Chaka Khan (1953).