Dick Dale died on Saturday after suffering from many health issues for several years, according to reports. He was Born in Boston to a Lebanese father and Polish-Belarusian mother in , Dale drew on his Middle Eastern heritage to develop his unique sound, which has paved the way for surf rock bands like the Surfaris, the Chantays and Eddie and the Showmen, according to Variety. In a Billboard interview, Dale, who toured well into his later years, spoke openly about his health issues, revealing that he suffered from diabetes, back problems and kidney failure, among other ailments. He told the Pittsburgh City Paper in that he needed the money to cover his medical bills. Once I drove an hour and half to see Dick Dale perform at a horse track, and it was wonderful.