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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.
- Larry Dale biography by Bill Dahl, Allmusic
- Obituary, Washington Post, 1 June 2010
- John Broven: "Larry Dale: The New York Houserocker".- Juke Blues # 9 (summer 1987), p. 4-8
- Champion Jack and the Blues (How Brian Jones was introduced to Larry Dale's guitar playing)
- Illustrated Larry Dale discography
- Larry Dale profile, Big Road Blues
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