Dale & Grace began a short but successful career when they hit the top of U.S. charts in the autumn of 1963 with "I'm Leaving It Up to You." The single, a cover of an earlier Don & Dewey song, was the pair's first recording for the Montel label of Louisiana. Some credit it as the first swamp pop tune ever to claim the top spot on U.S. charts. The ballad also performed well in the U.K. but it did not enter the Top 40. Dale & Grace's second single, "Stop and Think It Over," became another hit for the duo when it rolled into the Top Ten in the U.S. that same year. Although the pair's debut album landed in the Top 100 in the U.S., their next single, "The Loneliest Night," was not as big a success as either of their first two singles or the album.
Dale Houston was a Mississippi native who grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, where he was exposed to the area's swamp pop and Cajun sounds. Grace Broussard hailed from Prairieville, LA, and was of Cajun descent. Van Broussard, her brother, helped forge the way for swamp pop. At various times, he performed in a duo with his sister, as half of Van & Titus, as a solo artist, and in later years led the Bayou Boogie Band. Dale & Grace had each worked as a solo act before forming their duo during the early '60s. Before parting ways in 1964, they also put out records through Hanna-Barbera and Guyden. They got back together for a short period about 30 years later. Following a second split, Houston put out A Lot of Good Miles Left in Me. The solo album was released on the local Lanor label. Donny & Marie Osmond covered Dale & Grace's first hit, "I'm Leaving It up to You," in 1974, giving Don & Dewey's song a third go-round and taking it into the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic. ~ Linda Seida
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