With backing band 'The Del-Tones', Dale's "Surfer's Choice" LP was released in 1962 on his own 'Deltone' label, then picked up by Capitol Records. Dale soon began appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show and in films, with his signature single "Misirlou".
"I still remember the first night we played it ("Misirlou"), " said Dale.
"I changed the tempo, and just started cranking on that mother. And...it was eerie. The people came rising up off the floor..."