Ricky Dale was born in England and raised in West Africa and North America; his mother referred to the family as being of ‘Colonial’ nationality. Ricky’s singing career began in 1959 with one-nighters, college dates, and the occasional radio show. As fame increased, he began to- and fro-ing across the Atlantic, between the UK and Canada, charming capacity audiences in clubs and theatres. An individual style and heartfelt rendering of ballads, and the contrast of his wild Rock ’n Roll were, he says, “inspired from the hope and energy of West Africa”. As the '60’s developed Ricky began to shun the glare of celebrity. Studios, clubs and stages pulsed with drugs, and a tragic mass entertainment of messed-up so-called music was becoming mainstream.