Dale Stephens (& Malie Kelly) – We've got the love

1 March 2022
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Dale Patrick Shaw Stephens was born in Port Elizabeth (now Gqeberha), South Africa, on 13 May 1957 but spent most of his teenage life in Europe where he formed the band Malta in Amsterdam in 1974 (when he was 17 years old). Apparently Malta released a 7” single (although I could not confirm this) and appeared on television in the Netherlands. After school Dale obtained a degree in music in the United Kingdom, specializing in the piano and guitar. In 1977 he returned to South Africa where he formed the band Freeze that regularly appeared in discos around the country. In 1981 Dale left the band to begin a solo career, and soon after sent a demo tape to the CBS Record Company that subsequently offered him a recording contract. His first 7” single, “We’ve Got The Love” was released in the same year. It reached #8 on the South African Top 20 in 1982, charting for 10 weeks. Later that year he released his debut album “You’re So Young” that included the song “Slipping Out The Back Way” which brought him his second Top 20 hit, reaching #14 and charting for 7 weeks. Both songs were written by Dale. He formed his own advertising company in Johannesburg at that time, writing jingles for radio and television, but in later years moved to Los Angeles in the USA where he became a sought-after session musician, in addition to having a career as a solo artist . He released several albums over the years, including “Flirting With Danger” in 1988 and “Modern Romance” in 1990, and also wrote soundtracks for films and television. His last album, to date, was “Take A Run At It” which was released in 2017. This song was first released on 7″ single in 1981 and was subsequently included on the album “You’re So Young” in 1982. Although she isn’t credited, female vocals are by Malie Kelly.

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