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Dale Ward phonograph album

 Collection — Box: SFC4 [F09.090.03.02], Folder: 496
Identifier: MS0496

Scope and Contents

DOT Records 45rpm single of "Sweet, Sweet Jesus" and "Sunrise over Charlotte" performed by Dale Ward (DOT17406). Typewritten "Memo from: TOP DOG WAM-E, Charlotte, N.C., Radio 1480" reads "Another hit song about Charlotte, the action city... and in Charlotte all the action is at WAM-E radio, the top dog in Charlotte country!" "Sunrise over Charlotte" is attributed to Country-Western performer and song-writer, Bill Anderson. P. Evans, P. Parnes are credited with composing "Sweet, Sweet Jesus." Producer for both songs was Jim Foglesong.


  • undated


Language of Materials

Recordings in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Dale Ward Phonograph Album is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

Howard Dale Ward was born 8-18-1938 in Sallisaw, Oklahoma, and died 1-21-2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His parents were Evelyn and Howard Ward. He graduated from Sallisaw in 1956, worked for the Oklahoma Highway Department, in retail grocery business and as a motel owner and manager. Ward was also in the Army Reserve. He was of the Protestant faith. He was best known as a gifted singer and songwriter and recorded his first record in 1962. Early records were rock and roll style but became mostly country music by the late '60s. He recorded with several companies, Capitol, Dot and Monument. "Letter from Sherry" was perhaps Ward's biggest hit for Dot records, making it to #25 in late 1963. Throughout the 1960s, Ward lived in Nashville, Hollywood and Las Vegas. Ward returned to his hometown of Sallisaw, his family and friends in 1967. His latter years were ridden with health problems and brushes with the law, primarily drug related. In 2009 Ward was arrested twice on drug charges in Sallisaw, Oklahoma. "Sunrise over Charlotte" and "Sweet, Sweet Jesus" were among the last recordings Ward made. The record was recorded in 1971.


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7 "vinyl record, "Sunrise over Charlotte" and "Sweet, sweet Jesus".


Dale Ward phonograph record
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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

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