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Dale Inducted into Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame

Dale Inducted into Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame 

Dick Dale performs at the ceremony.
Photo courtesy: Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum/Royce DeGrie
photographer

Dick Dale, the famous “King of the Surf Guitar,” was inducted into the Nashville Musicians Hall of Fame on Monday, Oct. 12, at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tenn.

Original Beach Boy Al Jardine entertained the audience with a spirited rendition of Beach Boys hit “Help Me, Rhonda.” He then saluted Dale.

“I think beach music sounds pretty good in these classical surroundings,” said Jardine, who praised Dale’s “unmistakable sound.”

Dale’s unmistakable sound soon rocked the concert hall with his riveting performance of his biggest hit, “Misirlou.”

“You have no idea what this really means to me, because I cut my teeth on Hank Williams … I just got a surge of chills going up my body,” said Dale at the Hall of Fame medallion ceremony, held the evening before the show. “My mom and dad ain’t here no more. I would have given anything for my mom and dad to be here, because this is his inside wish—for me to be recognized in Nashville.”

Other inductees included legendary guitarist Chet Atkins, country star Charlie Daniels, Grammy-winning rockers Toto, bassist and Jimi Hendrix bandmate Billy Cox, session keyboardist Victor Feldman, producer Fred Foster and arranger Paul Riser.

Several of the evening’s inductees performed, often joined by other musicians. Toto took the stage with country act Rascal Flatts; Cox was accompanied by Kid Rock guitarist Kenny Olson; Daniels played a four-song set, inviting former Allman Brothers guitarist Dickey Betts onstage for “Southbound” and “The Devil Went Down to Georgia.”

The evening’s host, country music singer, songwriter and guitarist Steve Warner, joined accomplished guitarist and longtime Atkins sideman Paul Yandell in a tribute to Atkins, who was inducted posthumously.

Below is Olson (left) and Cox (right). Photo courtesy: Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum/Royce DeGrie photographer.

 

Below is Steve Lukather of Toto. Photo courtesy: Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum/Royce DeGrie photographer.

 

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