The Dells

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The Dells were an American R&B vocal group. Formed in high school in 1952 by founding members Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Johnny Funches, Chuck Barksdale, and Mickey and Lucius McGill, under the name the El-Rays, they released their first recording in 1954, and two years later, had their first R&B hit with "Oh What a Night". After disbanding due to a near-fatal car crash in 1958, the band reformed in 1960 with Funches being replaced by Johnny Carter. This lineup remained together until Carter's 2009 death. The Dells were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. The vocal group performed until illness forced longtime lead singer Marvin Junior and bass vocalist Chuck Barksdale into retirement, ending the group's 60-year run.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1959 Oh, What a Nite The Dells 1
1965 It's Not Unusual The Dells 1
1968 Always Together: The Dells Musical Menu The Dells 1
1968 There Is The Dells 1
1969 Love Is Blue The Dells 1
1970 Like It Is, Like It Was The Dells 1
1971 Freedom Means The Dells 1
1972 Sweet as Funk Can Be The Dells 1
1972 The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest Hits The Dells 1
1973 Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation The Dells 1
1973 The Mighty Mighty Dells The Dells 3
1974 The Dells vs. The Dramatics The Dells & The Dramatics 1
1975 We Got to Get Our Thing Together The Dells 1
1976 No Way Back The Dells 1
1977 Love Connection The Dells 1
1977 They Said It Couldn't Be Done, but We Did It! The Dells 1
1978 New Beginnings The Dells 1
1979 Face to Face The Dells 1
1980 I Touched a Dream The Dells 2
1981 Whatever Turns You On The Dells 2
1984 One Step Closer The Dells 2
1992 I Salute You The Dells 1
1996 The Dells vs. The Dramatics The Dells vs. The Dramatics 1
2000 Reminiscing The Dells 1
2008 Then & Now The Dells 1
2015 Freedom Means.... The Dells 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1999 Anthology The Dells 1
2000 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Dells The Dells 1
2000 Oh What a Night: The Very Best of the Dells The Dells 1
Oh, What a Night! The Great Ballads The Dells 1
On Their Corner: The Best of the Dells The Dells 1
Ultimate Collection The Dells 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1955 Dreams of Contentment / Zing, Zing, Zing The Dells 1
1956 Oh What a Nite / Jo-Jo The Dells 1
1956 Movin' On / I Wanna Go Home The Dells 1
1957 Why Do You Have to Go / Dance, Dance, Dance The Dells 1
1957 A Distant Love / Q-Bop She-Bop The Dells 1
1957 Pain in My Heart / Time Makes You Change The Dells 1
1958 The Springer / What You Say Baby The Dells 1
1958 I'm Calling / Jeepers Creepers The Dells 1
1958 Wedding Day / My Best Girl The Dells 1
1959 Dry Your Eyes / Baby, Open Up Your Heart The Dells 1
1959 Oh What a Nite / I Wanna Go Home The Dells 1
1961 Swingin' Teens / Hold on to What You've Got The Dells 1
1969 Love Is Blue / I Can Sing a Rainbow The Dells 1
1975 Love Is Missing From Our Lives / I'm in Love The Dells / The Dramatics 1

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