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Larry Dale, Bluesman, Dies at 87

Here's a dispatch from Terence McArdle, an obituaries contributor:

87 year old blues singer and guitarist Larry Dale died in New York City on May 19th. He was born Ennis Lowery in Wharton, Texas.

While not quite a marquee name on the order of B.B. King or Muddy Waters, Dale was well known in the UK and Europe where he toured with fellow New Yorkers, pianist Bob Gaddy and guitarist Wild Jimmy Spruill.

He also accompanied pianist Champion Jack Dupree and contributed some memorably raw guitar leads to Dupree's 1958 album Blues From the Gutter album.

But perhaps his finest moments on record were his rollicking single from 1959, Let The Door Bell Ring and a version of the much recorded Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee from 1962 which actually hit the r&b charts.

Dale performed locally at the Bayou and Twisn'n'Shout. On the later occasion, I have a vivid memory of him taking the microphone out of the stand to sing and then stuffing it into the pocket of his sport coat when it was time to take a guitar solo.

By T. Rees Shapiro  |  June 1, 2010; 10:34 AM ET
Categories:  Musicians  | Tags: BB King, Larry Dale, Muddy Waters  
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