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Famous singer and musician Dick Dale dies

This news story was published on December 28, 2014.
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ALGONA – An Algona man who made his name by singing and playing music on the Lawrence Welk show has died.

Richard L. “Dick” Dale, 88, of Algona, Iowa, died peacefully on Friday, December 26, 2014 at a hospital in Algona.

According to a website for the show he performed on for over 30 years, Dick Dale was a popular baritone singer on the Lawrence Welk Show from 1951 to 1982. Dale was born on September 14, 1926 in Algona, Iowa. He began playing the saxophone in seventh grade and joined Lynn Kerns’ band in high school. He joined the Navy in 1944 and served in World War II. After the war, he joined Cliff Keyes Orchestra, returned to the Lynn Kerns’ band and then joined Amby Meyer’s Band. He also played with Al Menke’s band and the Six Fat Dutchman.

The site goes on to say that Lawrence Welk heard Dale sing with the Six Fat Dutchman during a radio show and asked him to join his orchestra. Dale sang and played saxophone with the Lawrence Welk Orchestra from 1951 and continued on the Lawrence Welk TV Show until 1982.  Dick also danced, did comedy pieces and was part of the production staff for the show.  Many will remember him for his role as Santa Claus every year during the annual Welk Christmas Show.  Following the Show, Dick joined the Rainbow Music Theater in Tennessee for five years.

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