Dale Houston of Dale & Grace Dies

Dale Houston, one half of the duo of Dale & Grace, passed away on Thursday from congestive heart failure at the age of 67.

Houston was born in Seminary, Mississippi on April 23, 1940, the son of a minister, who was mostly self taught in music through his participation in the church. At the age of 18, he began his professional career with a regional hit called Lonely Boy.

In 1960, Houston signed on with Montel Records as a singer/songwriter and, although none of his early recordings were hits, it was label owner Sam Montel who came up with the idea of pairing him with 18-year-old Grace Broussard. The duo tried out a number of songs until Houston suggested they try the Don & Dewey song I'm Leavin' It All Up to You. Montel knew a hit when he heard it and the record ended up peaking at number one for two weeks in late 1963.

The duo followed the next year with Stop and Think It Over which topped out at number eight, but it would be their last major record. In 1964, the pair split, touring both solo and with new partners in new versions of Dale & Grace. They did reform during the 90's, but only for a short time.

Houston continued to tour with his band throughout the rest of his life. He and Grace were inducted into the Louisiana Hall of Fame in 1997, the Gulf Coast Hall of Fame in 1998 and, later, into the Texas Music and the Delta Music Halls of Fame.

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