Dick Dale, The Malibooz & Me

Reunited and it feels so good

I’ve had several communications with Dick Dale over the past year. He’s told me of his grave illness and the devotion he has for his wife and son. I expressed interest in recreating our duet from Muscle Beach Party. He declined.

Then, an opportunity sprang up when a friend, Johnny Z, from a group called The Malibooz, sent an email for his upcoming show at the Malibu Inn. His group was opening for Dick Dale.

Johnny, his wife Joannie, Jered and I met for brunch to catch up. I awoke his curiosity when I reminded him that DD and I sang “Muscle Bustle” together in a movie. Instantly he suggested I sing it with The Malibooz and that’s exactly what I did. I was scheduled to close their set right before DD took the stage.

Fans dancing to DD

What a crowd! 500 people jammed into the very cool indoor space across PCH where you could hear thunderous waves crashing on the eve of a Blue Moon. I have never before taken a stage in flip flops. My new Converse blk ‘n wht polka dot thongs felt right at home. The audience was filled with surfers ranging from 21-75! This is their culture and I am so honored to be a part of it. I have never been in a more loving crowd of people. Sure, they were brimming with excitement to hear the Legend of Surf Guitar. Genuine affection for one another was on full display. Couples kissing fondly, filled with their passion for music and the Ocean.

Me and The Woody

Dick Dale is remarkable. He hit the stage with the energy I remember him having in 1964 and didn’t quit until an amazing version of Amazing Grace followed by Miserlou. We finally reunited and I’m still hoping for a 21st century “Muscle Bustle”.

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2 Responses to Dick Dale, The Malibooz & Me

  1. Matt Nigro says:


    One of the few moments in my life that I am lost for words. I can only say that I love it.


  2. Beach Music Fan says:

    Malibooz Special Guests Dick Dale & Donna Loren
    Appeared in person at the Malibu Inn on Friday August 31 in CA
    Dick Dale & Donna Loren first sang together in Muscle Beach Party 1964
    It was so exciting and wonderful to see you two both together again in Malibu.
    Love doesn’t need words, love is a song we sing in our hearts our entire lives.
    Loving memories can really last a lifetime; once, we have made them in our lives.
    Dick Dale and Donna Loren have the “Muscle Bustle” singing in their hearts forever.

    Let’s all go on a “Surfer’s Holiday” Kowabunga !
    Surfing on Topanga Beach – Beach Surfers – Dick Dale & The Del Tones
    Dick Dale & Donna Loren singing the “Muscle Bustle” in 1964
    Muscle Bustle – Muscle Beach Party – The girls our looking best !
    Because You’re You – Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello
    I Think You Think – Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello
    Beach Blanket Bingo – Frankie Avalon & Annette Funicello
    It Only Hurts When I Cry – Donna Loren
    New Love – Donna Loren – From 2000 The Very Best Of Donna Loren

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