Dick Dale Feat. The Deadlies
The Dick Dale Phenomenon. His style is something different and unique. Since his first appearances Balboa, Ca. at the famed Rendezvous Ballroom, he has set and broken attendance records everywhere he’s performed. His appearances at the Rendezvous Ballroom broke every existing record for the Ballroom by drawing capacity crowds of over four thousand screaming dancing fans every weekend each night down on the Balboa peninsula.
Dick Dale invented surf music in the 1950’s. Not the ’60’s as is commonly believed. He was given the title “King of the Surf Guitar” by his fellow surfers with whom he surfed with from sun-up to sun-down. He met Leo Fender the guitar and amplifier Guru and Leo asked Dale to play his newly creation, the Fender Stratocaster Electric Guitar. The minute Dale picked up the guitar, Leo Fender broke into uncontrolled laughter and disbelief, he was watching Dale play a right handed guitar upside down and backwards, Dale was playing a right handed guitar left handed and changing the chords in his head then transposing the chords to his hands to create a sound never heard before.
Leo Fender gave the Fender Stratocaster along with a Fender Amp to Dale and told him to beat it to death and tell him what he thought of it. Dale took the guitar and started to beat it to death, and he blew up Leo Fender’s amp and blew out the speaker. Dale proceeded to blow up forty nine amps and speakers; they would actually catch on fire. Leo would say, ‘Dick, why do you have to play so loud?’ Dale would explain that he wanted to create the sound of Gene Krupa the famous jazz drummer that created the sounds of the native dancers in the jungles along with the roar of mother nature’s creature’s and the roar of the ocean.
Leo Fender kept giving Dale amps and Dale kept blowing them up! Till one night Leo and his right hand man Freddy T. went down to the Rendezvous Ballroom on the Balboa Peninsula in Balboa, California and stood in the middle of Four Thousand screaming dancing Dick Dale fans and said to Freddy, I now know what Dick Dale is trying to tell me. Back to the drawing board. A special 85 watt output transformer was made that peaked 100 watts when dale would pump up the volume of his amp, this transformer would create the sounds along with Dale’s style of playing, the kind of sounds that Dale dreamed of. BUT! they now needed a speaker that would handle the power and not burn up from the volume that would come from Dale’s guitar.
Leo, Freddy and Dale went to the James B. Lansing speaker company, and they explained that they wanted a fifteen inch speaker built to their specifications. That speaker would soon be known as the 15” JBL -D130 speaker. It made the complete package for Dale to play through and was named the Single Showman Amp. When Dale plugged his Fender Stratocaster guitar into the new Showman Amp and speaker cabinet, Dale became the first creature on earth to jump from the volume scale of a modest quiet guitar player on a scale of 4 to blasting up through the volume scale to TEN! That is when Dale became the “Father of Heavy Metal” as quoted from Guitar Player Magazine. Dale broke through the electronic barrier limitations of that era!
Dale still wanted to go further, and as the crowds increased, Dale’s volume increased, but he still wanted a bigger punch with thickness in the sound so that it would pulsate into the audience and leave them breathless. The JBL-D130 was doing its job until Dale froze it in the frame that held the speaker, the speaker cone would twist from the heavy playing from Dale and it would soon twist and stop to fluctuate back n forth.
Leo, Freddy and Dale went back to the JBL speaker company and told them to rubberize the front ridge of the speaker allowing it to push forward and backward from the signal of Dale’s guitar without cocking and twisting. The new updated version was called the JBL D-130F; the F stood for Fender.
Leo, Freddy and Dale designed a speaker cabinet and in which they installed 2 -15”-JBL-D130F’s. This caused Leo Fender to have to create a new and more powerful output transformer, they would call it the Dick Dale Transformer and it was made by the Triad Company.
This became the 100 watt output transformer that would actually peak 180 watts. Nothing like this had ever been done before in the world of guitars and amplifiers. This became known as the Dual-Showman Piggy Back Amp. This is why Dick Dale is called the Father of all the power Players in the world!
~ About The Deadlies ~
The Deadlies bring a bright blast of sound evolving from the California surf scene and roadhouse honkytonks, and swing with free-wheelin’ references of the best of punk & rock – raw, real and FUN! Self-titled “The Deadlies” marks their fourth release. With recording assistance from legendary producer Jack Douglas and mixing done by Seattle’s mix-master Tom Hall, listen and enjoy the fun, high energy anecdote to over-effected pop and cerebral metal doomdum.
The band features entertaining vocalist and rippin’ guitarist, James Patrick Regan, Napa Valley’s KVYN 99.3 FM “Good Morning, Bob!” radio host Bob St. Laurent grooving the Bass! The two rebrand the power-pop surf sound and are loaded for bear with chops and hooks making them the Deadli-est of Surf bands.
The Deadlies performed more than 100 dates last year, completed the 10th TV season on “Creepy KOFY Movietime” airing Saturday nights. They are the House Band on Sacramento ’s KMAX 31 TV show, The Car Czar and the official rink-side house band for Pro Rollerderby Team, the San Francisco Bay Bombers.
Key dates include tour support for Lisa Marie Presley, The Mavericks, Blue Oyster Cult, Greg Kihn, the B-52’s , Gary Hoey, Dick Dale, The Protomen and Big Bad VooDoo Daddy at renown venues including The Uptown, The Crystal Palace, The El Rey Theatre, Slim’s , BottleRock Festival, Six Flag’s Discovery Kingdom and more.
The Deadlies have four CD releases: Jan 1, 2015 self-titled release “The Deadlies”, “The Deadlies Go To Nashville”, “A Very Deadlies Christmas”, and “Meet The Deadlies”. Their music has been featured on ter-restrial and internet stations including Live 105, 107.7FM the Bone (San Francisco), 99.3FM KVYN (Napa), KFJC 89.7, KXRQ (98 ROCK) and 810AM KGO (San Francisco), WOBC 91.5 Big Surf Radio, KMAX Good Day Sacramento, Radio Free Bakersfield, WTUL New Orleans 91.5 Storm Surge of Reverb, North Sea Surf Radio, Southern Surf Stomp podcast, Fiberglass Jungle, KCR San Diego, A Day At the Beach and Anteno Zero.
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