AILSA CHANG, HOST:
Fans and fellow musicians today are remembering the king of the surf guitar. Dick Dale died Saturday at the age of 81. He and his band, the Del-Tones, are credited with recording the first surf instrumental to hit the charts, "Let's Go Trippin'." It's about cars, not drugs.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "LET'S GO TRIPPIN'")
DICK DALE AND THE DEL-TONES: Let's go trippin'.
CHANG: Dick Dale's sound inspired legions of musicians from the 1960s to today. NPR's Tom Cole has this appreciation.