Former Singer Arrested On Drug Charges

Former Singer Arrested On Drug Charges

There are 25 comments on the KHOG-TV Fort Smith story from Feb 20, 2009, titled Former Singer Arrested On Drug Charges. In it, KHOG-TV Fort Smith reports that:

A local music legend was arrested after police said they found drugs during a search of his vehicle in Sallisaw earlier this month.

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WhatAJoke

Tulsa, OK

#1 Mar 4, 2009
Why aren't you in prison Howard Dale Ward?
I Agree

Tulsa, OK

#2 Mar 7, 2009
WhatAJoke wrote:
Why aren't you in prison Howard Dale Ward?
I thought he was in prison. Hummmmm
WhatAJoke

Tulsa, OK

#3 Mar 20, 2009
Obviously not. He is being allowed to terrorize our communities with his drug dealing ways. If he does not go to prison make him leave our community! He obviously views our judicial system as a joke. 71 years old and still selling dope? Does not appear that he will ever change his unlawful ways. But who am I to judge?
Watch and see

Gore, OK

#4 Mar 30, 2009
Dale Ward the gospel singer, funny. Boy he's a player. This man has been in jail many times and somehow not in the pen. Good job Herb. Perfect case. You see how this went down and how it was handled. I've known Herb for awhile, he started at Vian, and moved to County. This guy just bloomed at County. He fell into the drug investigations and drug mules had their work cut out for them from that point on. I've listened to the scanner and it seems that this guy was a magnet. He fell on stuff more often than anyone. If he reads this I have one comment that might make him realize who this is "Herbie Fully Loaded".
Just Little Me

Owasso, OK

#5 Mar 30, 2009
Just proves my point
IT PAYS TO HAVE FRIENDS IN LOW PLACES.
Wards friend

Sapulpa, OK

#6 Apr 17, 2009
He excaped prison at least four times by playing the "bad health card", he has so many problems the State could not take care of him. He thought he was untouchable.and the fack that he was a RAT. Well! guess what?
Bill Engles

Fort Smith, AR

#7 Sep 3, 2012
This guy and his mother were two of the nicest people I knew in the 50s. You can see what dope does for people. Meth is death!
-Rhoades Scholar-

Fort Smith, AR

#8 Sep 3, 2012
Local music "legend", eh? Bet he never played Backroads Sallisaw.
Baugh From Nashville

Griffin, GA

#9 Jan 20, 2013
It really hurts to read this about someone I knew years ago. It was in the early 1960s I met this clean, nice young man who was scoring big on the music charts with a record called A Letter From Sherry. I started the first fan club for Dale in 1963. The man I knew back then is not the same man I read about on here today. Last I heard anything about Dale was that he had suffered a bad stroke. I'm not commenting on here to praise him or anything like that. I just wanted you to know that I don't know what events in his life turned him in the wrong direction. He maybe nothing to any of you now but he was once a great guy and was a great singer. If Dale is still living I pray for him and refuse to kick him because he's sunk so low. I hope he can turn his life around because inside of him is a good man that can be forgiven for his sins. The music business is very rough. There are people in it that will take advantage of you and dump you on the street. I believe Dale was cheated out of royalty payments for many years. One of his managers was a shyster. Many artist have fell from being on top to the bottom because they just can't deal with that life. I leave this site with great sadness but also with hope. I will be praying for Dale and his family.
family member

Garden City, MI

#10 Jan 22, 2013
Baugh From Nashville wrote:
It really hurts to read this about someone I knew years ago. It was in the early 1960s I met this clean, nice young man who was scoring big on the music charts with a record called A Letter From Sherry. I started the first fan club for Dale in 1963. The man I knew back then is not the same man I read about on here today. Last I heard anything about Dale was that he had suffered a bad stroke. I'm not commenting on here to praise him or anything like that. I just wanted you to know that I don't know what events in his life turned him in the wrong direction. He maybe nothing to any of you now but he was once a great guy and was a great singer. If Dale is still living I pray for him and refuse to kick him because he's sunk so low. I hope he can turn his life around because inside of him is a good man that can be forgiven for his sins. The music business is very rough. There are people in it that will take advantage of you and dump you on the street. I believe Dale was cheated out of royalty payments for many years. One of his managers was a shyster. Many artist have fell from being on top to the bottom because they just can't deal with that life. I leave this site with great sadness but also with hope. I will be praying for Dale and his family.
Thank you! Dale passed away yesterday 1/21/13 alone in a hospital in Tulsa, OK.

I am outbif town and had no idea!!!

We loved you Dale!
A friend of Howard

Madison, WI

#11 Jan 22, 2013
He may have done some terrible things. God has forgiven him, as Howard had asked for forgiveness. As I knew him in his last years, he was a wonderful man. He did have terrible health problems, ventilator dependant. The news of his death brought tears yo my eyes. RIP Howard Dale Ward ♥
prettygirl

United States

#12 Jan 22, 2013
I worked taking care of Howard the past 5years. He was an awesome man. He always made us girls smile as he always had a smile for each one of us no matter how he felt. His past is his past. I cherish every moment that I had there getting to help people like Howard. He will be missed. Love you Howard. May you rest in peace with no more pain.
Baugh From Nashville

Griffin, GA

#13 Jan 23, 2013
I am saddened at the news of Dale Ward's death. He was a man with a nation wide hit record on the charts but he took time to give a group of us teenaged kids a private performance singing and playing his guitar. The kids at school couldn't believe it when I told them he wanted us to come listen to some songs and help him pick out which ones to record. They loved it and had a great time. That's the Howard Dale Ward I remember. His voice will live on forever in the songs and records he recorded. My thoughts and prayer are with his family and loved ones.
Sue

Sallisaw, OK

#14 Jan 23, 2013
The past is the past. Let the man rest. R.I.P. Dale
miradan

Tyler, TX

#15 Feb 5, 2013
First heard Letter From Sherry via transistor radio. Grew up in Michigan where local stations never played it. Had to listen to WBZ in Boston or WLS in Chicago.
Can tell from internet that Dale had more fans than I knew of. Glad we still have is music to listen to.
David Ziegenfuss

Macungie, PA

#16 Mar 21, 2013
I'm a oldies DJ from PA and the song that I will always think of Dale is not Sherry, but YOUNG LOVER'S AFTER MIDNIGHT. Released a little late (1964), during the beginning of the British Invasion. Had this song been released in 1961 I think it would have been a Top 10 hit. Ironically I finally downloaded this song from Amazon on January 15. I'm playing it now as I write this. If you have never heard this song go and find it because I believe it is one of the few "perfect" songs ever made...easy to sing, great lyrics and well produced. Thanks for the info, sometimes in death the bad things are forgotten and only the good of person comes out. I hope this song will be one that people will discover and feel the good.
Baugh From Nashville

Griffin, GA

#17 Mar 21, 2013
David Ziegenfuss wrote:
I'm a oldies DJ from PA and the song that I will always think of Dale is not Sherry, but YOUNG LOVER'S AFTER MIDNIGHT. Released a little late (1964), during the beginning of the British Invasion. Had this song been released in 1961 I think it would have been a Top 10 hit. Ironically I finally downloaded this song from Amazon on January 15. I'm playing it now as I write this. If you have never heard this song go and find it because I believe it is one of the few "perfect" songs ever made...easy to sing, great lyrics and well produced. Thanks for the info, sometimes in death the bad things are forgotten and only the good of person comes out. I hope this song will be one that people will discover and feel the good.
The song you mentioned is on the flip side of "I'll Never Love Again After Loving You." It was released on the Dot label. I have a dub of both of those records. Interestingly they used a single violinist on the record but with a little echo it sounds like several. The late Noel Ball, a DJ in Nashville was the producer.
Narniaman

Portland, OR

#18 Jul 31, 2013
Just something interesting for those looking for copies of Dale Ward's songs -- if you do a search on iTunes for "Robin Ward" and the album "The Very Best of Robin Ward" you will find listings for 25 songs -- and half of those are Dale Ward songs, even though he is not listed as the artist. Apparently Robin Ward (of "Wonderful Summer" fame) sang backup of those Dale Ward songs. Included are "Letter from Sherry", "Young Lovers after midnight", and "Oh Julie".
WOW

Boise, ID

#19 Oct 16, 2013
Its amazing that he its ok for him to do all this stuff!
JOHN TAYLOR

Walsall, UK

#20 Jan 7, 2014
David Ziegenfuss wrote:
I'm a oldies DJ from PA and the song that I will always think of Dale is not Sherry, but YOUNG LOVER'S AFTER MIDNIGHT. Released a little late (1964), during the beginning of the British Invasion. Had this song been released in 1961 I think it would have been a Top 10 hit. Ironically I finally downloaded this song from Amazon on January 15. I'm playing it now as I write this. If you have never heard this song go and find it because I believe it is one of the few "perfect" songs ever made...easy to sing, great lyrics and well produced. Thanks for the info, sometimes in death the bad things are forgotten and only the good of person comes out. I hope this song will be one that people will discover and feel the good.
I could not agree more the song YOUNG LOVER'S AFTER MIDNIGHT is a wonderful song
and should have been a big hit. I have only in the past week heard the song ( and of Dale ),
but am very glad I did, his voice is a pleasure to listen to, am glad I bought the CD as never
heard Dale Ward or Robin Ward before, it is a treasure.

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