The Dells

Genres: Doo Wop Easy Listening Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Soundtracks
Descriptive "tags": soul doo wop rhythm and blues northern soul 50s oldies Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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A US soul vocal and close harmony group formed in 1953 as the El-Rays, when the members - Johnny Funches (18 July 1935, d. 23 January 1998; lead), Marvin Junior (b. 31 January 1936, Harrell, Arkansas, USA; tenor), Verne Allison (b. 22 June 1936, Chicago, Illinois, USA; tenor), Lucius McGill (b. 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA; tenor), Mickey McGill (b. 17 February 1937, Chicago, Illinois, USA; baritone) and Chuck Barksdale (b. 11 January 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA; bass) - were all high school students. As the El-Rays the group released one record on the Chess Records label, ‘Darling Dear I Know’, in 1953. After a name change they recorded ‘Tell The World’ in 1955, which was only a minor hit, but a year later they released ‘Oh What A Night’ (number 4 R&B chart), one of the era’s best-loved black harmony performances and the Dells’ last hit for 10 years.

In 1965, the Dells returned to the R&B...

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