August 15, 2014

Contemporary American Classics: Dick Dale - Misirlou | (Live) 1995

La Wik notes:

"Misirlou" (Greek: Μισιρλού < Turkish: Mısırlı 'Egyptian'[1] < Arabic: مصر‎ Miṣr 'Egypt') is a song dating back to 1927, originally as a Greek rebetiko composition influenced by Middle Eastern music. The song then gained popularity among Middle Eastern audiences through Arabic (belly dancing), Jewish (klezmer), Armenian and Turkish versions. The song eventually gained worldwide popularity through Dick Dale's 1962 American surf rock version, .... The song was rearranged as a solo instrumental rock guitar piece by Dick Dale in 1962. During a performance, Dale was bet by a young fan that he could not play a song on only one string of his guitar. Dale's father and uncles were Lebanese-American musicians, and Dale remembered seeing his uncle play "Misirlou" on one string of the oud. He vastly increased the song's tempo to make it into rock and roll.


"Famous "Misirlou" is an old greek rebetiko song...

.this is the original version from Mike Patrinos from 1930. The word Misirli in turkish means girl from Egypt. The song refers to a cross-faith, cross-race, relationship, a risqué subject at its time."

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 15, 2014 6:24 AM
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I am blown away. That is so interesting. After all these years to learn the origins of Misirlou. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: mary at August 15, 2014 1:39 PM

That is just incredible. A fantastic player & innovator.

Another raucously interesting take on Misirlou is by Fanfara Kalishnikov, unfortunately the version on youtube is less than stellar.

Posted by: itor at August 15, 2014 2:54 PM

Great song and the long version too...thanks

Posted by: virgil283 at August 15, 2014 5:05 PM

Always wondered what that word meant. The best version in my opinion is the duet he did with Stevie Ray Vaughn for the film "Back to the Beach"

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at August 16, 2014 9:17 AM

Never mind I was thinking of the Chantays song "Pipeline"

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at August 16, 2014 9:37 AM

Dale, along with Link Wray, originators of surf music and godfathers of punk. They rock viscerally.

Posted by: chasmatic at August 17, 2014 10:16 PM
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