Larry Dale

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Legal name: Ennis Lowery


Larry Dale (January 7, 1923 – May 19, 2010) was an American blues singer and guitarist. He was born in Wharton, Texas, United States.

During the early 1950s Ennis Lowery (his legal name) took initial inspiration on guitar playing from B.B. King, soon making his first recordings as a sideman for Paul Williams & His Orchestra (on Jax Records) and for Big Red McHouston & His Orchestra, and under his then chosen moniker "Larry Dale" (for the RCA subsidiary Groove Records) with a band that included Mickey Baker and pianist Champion Jack Dupree.

Dale worked the New York club circuit with the pianist Bob Gaddy. He also was a frequent session guitarist in the New York studios, playing on all four of Dupree's 1956–58 sessions for RCA's Groove and Vik subsidiaries, and on the best known Dupree LP, 1958's Blues from the Gutter, for Atlantic. His playing on that album inspired Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones.

Dale made most of his best sides as a leader when the decade turned from the 1950s to the 1960s. For Glover Records he recorded the party blues "Let the Doorbell Ring" and "Big Muddy" in 1960, then revived Stick McGhee's "Drinkin' Wine-Spo-Dee-O-Dee" in 1962 on Atlantic.

He died in New York in May 2010, at the age of 87.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Classics From the Roadhouse Various Artists 1
1998 Groove Story: R&B From the Radio Corporation, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2012 Jukebox Mambo (Rumba & Afro-Latin Accented Rhythm & Blues 1949-1960) Various Artists 1

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