Surf rock pioneer Dick Dale died over the weekend and, now, Jack White has penned an emotional tribute to the musician.

Dale, who is often nicknamed the godfather of surf guitar, died at the age of 81 after suffering heart failure amid multiple health issues.

“It is saddening to hear of the passing of the incredible guitar player Dick Dale. I spent many moments learning his massive reverbed guitar licks in my bedroom, and still enjoy playing his song “Nitro” whenever I can,” Jack White wrote in tribute to Dale.

“Sadly, I never got to meet him. A unique innovator of the guitar with pick melting style and swagger for miles. I can remember traveling up to Pontiac from Detroit by myself to watch him play when I was sixteen. That upside down gold sparkle Fender of his needs to be hung up some place special. Dick Dale, King Of The Surf Guitar.”

See White’s full tribute

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