2009 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award
The year was 1963 when Dale was approached by Dave Bringle (keyboard) and Dick Malloy (Lead Guitar) about starting a Rock and Roll band. They practiced night and day when Harold Powell was hired to play bass. Dale sang lead and played the drums. With the passing of the first year it was decided that the name of the bank would be Dale & the DevonAires, Dale came to the front to sing lead and 16 year old Jack Yates was hired as the drummer. Shortly after that Harold Powell left the band and Larry Lind was hired.
Their first record "Take A Look At A Fool" was recorded at IGL Recording Studios in Milford . This song was well received on KIOA in Des Moines, KVFD in Fort Dodge and throughout the Midwest . Dale Black’s career in music was well on its way. His band went on to play over 100 consecutive Saturday nights at the Laramar Ballroom, a record.
When Dale & the DevonAires broke up he decided to try the country side of music, and formed the band the Reapers out of the Waterloo/Cedar Falls area with Vern Kolpeck as his manager. Dale's first country record was recorded in Nashville and went to #2 while the flip side went to #10. After two years Dale decided to try it alone. He recorded two more records and opened for different stars when they came into the Mid-West, some of the stars were Farron Young, Hank Williams Jr., Donna Fargo, Freddie Hart, Bob Luhman, and Dave Dudley.
In the late 1980's Vern approached him about opening for top artists coming into the Midwest , and Dale Black and the Black Magic Band was formed. Dale performed as the "opening act" for great names, Porter Waggoner, Kitty Wells, Sylvia and many others. Jeff Isaacs, Dale's bass player also owned and operated Grand Junction Recording Studios in Waterloo . This is where Dale started his love for recording the songs he loved to sing most. His first recording was "Dale Black, The Man, The Music, The Inspiration" which he did for his wife Marla.
Dale & the DevonAires got back together for their 30th reunion in 1995 and performed at the Laramar to a standing room only crowd and continued to perform locally. In 1997 they had the honor to be the very first band inducted into the Iowa Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Dale received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Rock/Country Hall of Fame in 1998.
Dale and Marla both decided that they wanted to record a 50's & 60's CD, a country CD and a Gospel CD, so in 2001 Dale went back to Grand Junction Studios and did "Dale & the DevonAires Good Old 50' and 60's Rock & Roll.” Welcome to My World, Now That's Country" was recorded in 2002, and in 2004 Dale recorded his gospel CD "In the Garden" which has Dales' son Greg and grandson Brett Black, making it three generations, Dale's wife Marla and grandchildren Dylan and Alexandra Jones singing "The Family Circle". This CD was dedicated to Marla's parents.
2005 found Dale back in the studio to record the Country CD "From the Heart.” This CD was picked up by a Nashville promoter who promoted it in 15 Countries outside the . He was invited to tour Europe with the CD but health concerns prevented his doing the tour.
Dale Black has spent his life bringing musical joy to hundreds and hundreds of people, not only in Iowa but throughout the country and beyond. For his amazing career, he is being presented the IRRMA Dan Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009. Congratulations to Dale!