Dale Sellers, born in Georgiana, Alabama (also the hometown of Hank Williams), on December 12, 1944. At the age of four, Dale had been given a Silvertone guitar for Christmas and being eight he took lessons from a man in the shoeshop where Hank Williams himself shined shoes. Starting with four or five chords, he learnt "Wildwood Flower". What really got Dale turned on to playing was listening by Ricky Nelson (with James Burton) and Elvis Presley (with Scotty Moore). Listening these records he started to learn the licks. Dale's first left-handed instrument was a 1962 Gibson Melody Maker and, next, came a 1964 Fender Stratocaster. Around that time he formed a local band called The Jaguars.
Dales Sellers toured with Hal Willis as far as Thule Air Force Base in Greenland. Once on tour together they were welcomed to the White House by President Johnson but they had to pass the offer not having decent suits for a such event. Dale also played on tour with Clyde Beavers.
Dale moved to Nashville in October 1966 attaining international recognition as "one of country music's best studio guitarist" who happens to be a south paw (lefty) picker. Before enjoying the great time, he worked most of the clubs and nightspots in the lower Broadway era before working with Cousin Wilbur and next being on the road with Pete Drake's band. Dale took up demo and studio session work in 1969 and backed Loretta Lynn on her nĄ 1 record "I Wanna Be Free" (Decca 32796). He befriended Grady Martin and used to hang around session where he was playing.
As well as being a life time cast member of Hee Haw from 1972 to 1978, Dale has recorded hit records with most of the major Nashville country stars including George Jones, The Everly Brothers, Marty Robbins, Warner Mack, Sleepy LaBeef, Waylon Jennings, Loretta Lynn, Reba McEntire, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alabama, Willie Nelson, Ray Charles and BB King. You will also hear Dale playing Lead Guitar on the soundtrack for the critically acclaimed CBS TV movie, Elvis, Starring Kurt Russell. Dale was also staff guitarist on the Jimmy Dean Show and Johnny Cash Show on TV.
In February 1981 RCA released an album called "Guitar Man" containing 10 Elvis' songs with updated instrumental backings. The sessions took place in January, February, October and November of 1980 with Dale Sellers playing on several recordings as "She Thinks I Still Care". According to D.J Fontana Dale is "the closest thing to Scotty Moore in town".
He worked with Wayne Newtown in Las Vegas from 1987 to 1996. Today, Dale makes his home in North Lake, Wisconsin.
-Dominique "Imperial" ANGLARES
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