Dale Houston (April 23, 1940 September 27, 2007) along
with his performing partner, Grace Broussard, rocketed to the top of the
Billboard chart with two rock and roll hits - gold records with more
than 1 million copies sold - "I'm Leaving It Up to You" (No.
1) and "Stop and Think It Over" (No. 8) in 1963 and 1964,
respectively. In 1963, Houston was working in a bar in Ferriday,
Louisana. Sam Montel approached Houston about teaming up with a female
singer, Grace Broussard (born 1939) . The two met and practiced on
Montel's home piano for four hours. When Houston began to play an old
Don and Dewey song from the mid-1950s, "I'm Leaving It Up To You,"
Montel was awakened and declared that it would be "a hit!"
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