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came upon this in SPECTROPOP Yahoo

felt it worthy to share here

click on the link in the re-post to learn more, and see some neat stuff

UNSTEADY FREDDIE

_Hi,

I've been reading Spectropop for a few years now and
have never participated but decided it's time that I
should. Long time friend and acquaintance, Artie
Wayne, also encouraged me to share some of my stories.

I really didn't know where to start until yesterday
when I ran across an old video of one of the first
bands I ever played in, Dick Dale and the Del Tones.
This is a clip from 1963 of us playing Miserlou from
the film "Swinging Affair" (I'm the blond headed guy
in the center with the Strat, wish I still had that!).
That got me to thinking on how I met Dick and how he
got me started in music. I owe Dick a lot and I am
ever thankful to him. If you would like to read more
(and see the clip) please visit:

http://www.over50music.com

I started over50music. com a few years ago but hadn't
done much with it. I will now start posting
regularly as long as those brain cells keep firing!
I'd love to hear your feedback.

Take care,

Art Munson_

http://www.facebook.com/unsteady.freddie

Cool. I saw another Del-Tone at Huntington Beach at the pier playing with "The Surf Rockers". It would be great to be able to talk to those guys in some detail about what it was like playing in DD's band during that period!

Site dude - S3 Agent #202
Need help with the site? SG101 FAQ - Send me a private message - Email me

"It starts... when it begins" -- Ralf Kilauea

Hi,

Saw this site come up in my stats on my blog regarding my post on Dick Dale and my time with the Del Tones. If I can answer any questions I will be happy to try.

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

Hey Everybody! It's a Del-Tone!

Wow - Art Munson - too cool - it is really excellent that you are here. I have some questions, if you don't mind.

What was it like playing then - Did you know you were doing something really great?

Was Dick Dale a real hard ass, as the stories go?

You played with Dick early on, then after the service, you played with him again - any differences?

Was it you that showed Dick the "in between" pickup positions on the strat?

What did you do after the "surf" years? Any surf music?

Do you stay in contact with any other guys from the Del-Tones?

Thanks in advance for answering these questions.

Chris

"You can't tell where you're going if you don't know where you've been"

Welcome to the forum Mr. Munson Thumbs Up
You are very special in the eyes of many here.
Wow Chris, are there any questions left? Monkey
Ok everyone, if you have a question you better get in line, it forms right behind Chris. ROTFL

Joel

Art Munson
Thanks for joining us.
I'm looking forward to your responses to Sonichris' questions...and... could you tell us anything about the filming of the 1963 Miserlou clip from "Swinging Affair" that you remember ?

ps I found your website: http://www.artmunson.com and even got your own wikipedia stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Munson Shocked

Tim O
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tunes

clips

Wow, welcome Art! We are very glad to have you here.

I'm sure we'll have many questions for you if you have some time. Smile

Site dude - S3 Agent #202
Need help with the site? SG101 FAQ - Send me a private message - Email me

"It starts... when it begins" -- Ralf Kilauea

Thanks Chris and everyone for the kind words! I'll try and answer any questions as best I can.

Was Dick Dale a real hard ass, as the stories go?

I suppose he was but I was playing with him while I was in Marine Corps (and just after I got out) so compared to the Marine Corp it didn't seem that tough to me. He just knew what he wanted to hear and what he wanted us play. He was pretty specific. But more importantly, I was so happy to be in that band I would have probably stood on my head for him:)

You played with Dick early on, then after the service, you played with him >again - any differences?

No, everything was just the same though I missed playing at the Rendezvous. By that time he was playing at Harmony Park in Anaheim.

Was it you that showed Dick the "in between" pickup positions on the >strat?

I don't recall that but it could be true.

What did you do after the "surf" years? Any surf music?

One of the sax players (sometimes we had two) in the band was Barry Rillera who was also a great blues guitar player. He was always asking me to go to a club in Santa Ana and sit in with these two guys but I was too shy to go. Well eventually I did and was blown away, those two guys were the Righteous Bros. and that eventually turned into my next big break! From there I went on to different bands, moved to L.A. and did a lot of studio work. I have a list of a lot of albums I played on at my web site www.munsongrecords.com.

Do you stay in contact with any other guys from the Del-Tones?

Unfortunately no. I do know Billy Barber died awhile ago. I'd like to see them again if I could ever track them down. I did go to Dick's 70th birthday party and it was so great to see him. Blew his mind as he had no idea I would be there, we had a great time.

Thanks in advance for answering these questions.

It's my pleasure and thanks so much for your interest.

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

Hi oestmann,

could you tell us anything about the filming of the 1963 Miserlou clip from >"Swinging Affair" that you remember ?

It's funny about that Miserlou clip as I had remembered being in the movie. In fact Dick's assistant had just called me last week to ask me some questions and I had mentioned the movie to him. What I didn't remember was the Miserlou clip and was as surprised as anyone when I discovered it last week on YouTube. Gotta love the net!

ps I found your website: http://www.artmunson.com and even got your own >wikipedia stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Munson

Amazing how the stuff gets around.

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

ART!

I had no idea you were in here when I posted your SPECTROPOP post here!!

Thrilled you are part of the community

Looking forward to more 'war stories'

UNSTEADY FREDDIE

http://www.facebook.com/unsteady.freddie

Thanks Freddie,

I actually discovered this site after you posted here. Thanks for doing that. I'm flattered that folks are interested in this stuff as I never thought anyone would be. I have been on the net since 1989 selling tapes on some of the newsgroups and putting up my first e-commerce site in 1995. This is a lot more fun though as creating music (both past and present) will always be my first love.

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

I hope you will answer some more questions for me Art.

I've seen all the clips of Dick Dale in the early years. Was he as dynamic a performer as he appears? to me, the sound he was generating must have been quite a sight, and then add his personality to it -

Was the "Dick Dale sound" a shock to people in the early 60's? What did "society" think of him and his music?

thanks so much!
Chris

"You can't tell where you're going if you don't know where you've been"

Hi Art,

Do you remember a typical set list that you played with DD? How many instros vs how many vocal tunes?

How many people were typically in the Del-Tones at that time?

Thanks its great having you here.

Site dude - S3 Agent #202
Need help with the site? SG101 FAQ - Send me a private message - Email me

"It starts... when it begins" -- Ralf Kilauea

Art,
I have a question about playing in a big band without a modern PA system. With Dick blasting at full volume, how were instruments like the piano and horns heard over all the ruckus?

Thanks for being here!
Ferenc

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Hi Chris,

Yes Dick was very dynamic and charismatic. The sound was very powerful for the times and the size of those speaker cabinets was unheard of. The Dick Dale sound in So Cal at the time was the sound. We pretty much outdrew any other act around. Driving up to the Rendezvous or Harmony Park and seeing kids everywhere trying to get in (and many not able to) was all pretty exciting. A definite adrenalin rush, it was the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night. When we went back to the East coast it was a different story. Those kids did not know what to make of the music, it was pretty much a bust for us.

Sonichris
I hope you will answer some more questions for me Art.

I've seen all the clips of Dick Dale in the early years. Was he as dynamic a performer as he appears? to me, the sound he was generating must have been quite a sight, and then add his personality to it -

Was the "Dick Dale sound" a shock to people in the early 60's? What did "society" think of him and his music?

thanks so much!
Chris

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

Hi Brian,

Sorry but I don't remember a typical set list. Once a night we almost always did one tune (can't remember the name) where Dick played guitar, trumpet, drum solo and I think piano. Kind of "ran" the stage.

I think the biggest the band was when we were at Harmony Park. Two saxes, two guitars (not counting Dick), Piano, Bass and Drums.

Brian
Hi Art,

Do you remember a typical set list that you played with DD? How many instros vs how many vocal tunes?

How many people were typically in the Del-Tones at that time?

Thanks its great having you here.

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

Hi Pollo,

The horns and piano were miked and there never seemed to be a problem being heard.

PolloGuitar
Art,
I have a question about playing in a big band without a modern PA system. With Dick blasting at full volume, how were instruments like the piano and horns heard over all the ruckus?

Thanks for being here!
Ferenc

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

artmuns
Hi oestmann,

could you tell us anything about the filming of the 1963 Miserlou clip from >"Swinging Affair" that you remember ?

It's funny about that Miserlou clip as I had remembered being in the movie. In fact Dick's assistant had just called me last week to ask me some questions and I had mentioned the movie to him. What I didn't remember was the Miserlou clip and was as surprised as anyone when I discovered it last week on YouTube. Gotta love the net!

ps I found your website: http://www.artmunson.com and even got your own >wikipedia stub: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Art_Munson

Amazing how the stuff gets around.

Thanks Art for the reply- I've watched that clip on the 'net a few times, so it's a privilege to "meet" you - hope you feel welcome enough to hang around here a bit Very Happy

Tim O
oestmann guitar

tunes

clips

Will do and thanks to you and everyone for making me feel welcome.

oestmann

artmuns
Hi oestmann,

Thanks Art for the reply- I've watched that clip on the 'net a few times, so it's a privilege to "meet" you - hope you feel welcome enough to hang around here a bit Very Happy

Take care

Art Munson
https://MusicLibraryReport.com
https://ArtAndRobinsMusic.com

artmuns
...One of the sax players (sometimes we had two) in the band was Barry Rillera who was also a great blues guitar player. He was always asking me to go to a club in Santa Ana and sit in with these two guys but I was too shy to go. Well eventually I did and was blown away, those two guys were the Righteous Bros...

Art - I hear "The Righteous Brothers" were quite hot in their early days - not surf - but I'd be interested in your experience...if you've got a moment?

Tim O
oestmann guitar

tunes

clips

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