Richard Anthony Monsour (May 4, 1937 – March 16, 2019), known professionally as Dick Dale, was an American rock guitarist, known as The King of the Surf Guitar. He was a pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle-Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverberation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Dale
Dale toured until his death and had dates set for later this year. In a 2015 interview with Billboard, Dale said that he suffered from multiple serious health issues, including kidney failure, cancer and damaged vertebrae. He said that because his health insurance refused to pay for ongoing post-cancer treatments, he needed to keep touring to cover his health costs.
“I can’t stop touring because I will die. Physically and literally, I will die. y only income is what comes in when I’m on the road,” he said.
Dale left behind by his wife Lana and his son James, who was Dick’s drummer.