The Dells performed for over five decades, sold millions of records, and are considered the most enduring vocal group in the history of Rhythm and Blues. Affectionately known as The Mighty Dells by fans and leaders in the music industry, its members – including Marvin Junior (lead baritone), John Carter (lead tenor), Charles Barksdale (bass), Michael McGill (baritone) and Verne Allison (second tenor) – set the standard for top-to-bottom male harmony.

Initially known as the El-Rays, The Dells started in 1952 in Harvey, Illinois, as five friends from high school. Eventually, the El-Rays cut their very first single, “Darling I Know,” for Chess Records. It went nowhere. Two years later, with a new record contract with Vee Jay Records as The Dells, they released their 3rd recording “Oh What A Night.” It became an immediate R&B hit, finishing third behind Elvis' Don't Be Cruel at number two and Fats Domino's Blueberry Hill on top. The rest was musical history.
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A Special Message from The Dells: The lead singer of The Dells, Marvin Junior, passed away on Wednesday, May 29, 2013.  We'll miss him!  We encourage friends, family, and fans to celebrate Marvin's amazing contribution to music in commemoration of our brother and dear friend, #marvinjunior.

John Carter
Verne Allison
Marvin Junior
 
Charles Barksdale
 
Michael McGill

 

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The Dells: A Legacy Commemorative Book
New! The Dells have released a commemorative photo book to celebrate their music, performances, awards, memories, and friendships over a 55-year career in the entertainment industry. The book features photos with musical legends such as Dinah Washington, Mary Wilson and Jackie Wilson. It also shares behind-the-scenes photos with well-known faces such as Jesse Jackson, Billie Jean King, Mike Love (Beach Boys), P.Diddy, Anita Baker, Robert Townsend, and many more.

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