Great Soul Performances On-Demand Special

May 30, 2019
Editor In Chief

On May 15th, we lost one the suavest, coolest, most debonair bass singer in our business, Chuck Barksdale founding member of the Mighty Dells.

We have created a special Great Soul Performances edition featuring our salute to Chuck and the Dells with as many of their songs as we can get in; keeping in mind that they recorded in five decades, so you won’t hear them all, but a goodly amount.

Also you’ll hear the Dells in their own words from an interview I did with Chuck Barksdale, Marvin Junior and Mickey McGill, recorded back when I was at WWRL in New York, several decades ago. All aspects of their career will be covered from Doo Wop, Soul, Jazz, Smooth R&B and several songs they sang on as background singers.

–Bobby Jay

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The Dells grew up in Harvey, Illinois and began singing together while attending Thornton Township High School. Forming in 1952 under the name the El-Rays, the group initially consisted of Marvin Junior, Mickey McGill, Lucius McGill, Verne Allison, Chuck Barksdale, and Johnny Funches. Lucius soon left the group and the remaining quintet signed with Checker Records, releasing their first single, “Darling I Know,” which flopped.

In 1955, the group renamed themselves the Dells and signed with Vee-Jay Records. In 1956, they recorded their first hit, “Oh, What a Night” (a song co-written by Johnny Funches, who also sang lead on the recording alongside Marvin Junior), which hit the Top 5 of the R&B singles chart. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. The song is ranked #260 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In November 1958, the Dells suffered a car accident that left McGill in a hospital in Ohio for six months. The group temporarily disbanded and Barksdale sang as a member of Harvey Fuqua’s spinoff Moonglows act, Harvey and the Moonglows, which included a young Marvin Gaye. In 1961, the Dells reunited and auditioned for Dinah Washington. After Washington agreed to hire them, Johnny Funches left the group to take care of his family. Funches was replaced by Flamingos founding member Johnny Carter and sang background for Washington for two years. In 1966, they were hired to open for Ray Charles, only to be fired after a performance resulted in several standing ovations. The group would also sing background for Barbara Lewis, mainly on Lewis’ 1963 hit, “Hello Stranger”, while also working with Quincy Jones, who helped to fine-tune their vocals for standards and jazz material.

Saturday 7pm: Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay

January 20, 2018
Editor In Chief

There is no “Shutdown” at RadioMax. Therefore on “Great Soul Performances” tonight at 7PM ET, you’ll hear: Joe Tex, Jackson Five, Five Stairsteps, Jackie Wilson, Dells, Rufus & Chaka Khan, Four Tops, Trammps, Avons, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Timothy Wilson, a cut from the new CD from my surrogate son Kid Kyle, from their acapella album; taken from practice tapes, Sheps, Joel & the Dymensions, Tower of Power (live) and more.

Then following on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s,” I received so many positive responses about last week’s “1980s Remakes,” we’re doing it again today with songs from artists like: The Impressions, Stephanie Mills, Tierra, Natalie Cole & Peabo Bryson, War, Linda Ronstadt & Aaron Neville, Manhattans, Richard “Dimples” Fields, Larry Graham, Blues Brothers, New Edition and several others. The “80s Remakes” begins at 9PM ET. It’s gonna be exciting this evening when I come your way with “Great Soul Performances” and “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” on RadioMaxMusic.Com. DON’T MISS IT!

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay Live from the Big E 7pm ET

September 21, 2013
Editor In Chief

Big eOn “Great Soul Performances” this evening, Live from the fairground of the “Big E” you’ll hear Darlene Love, Larry Chance, the O’Jays, the Dells, Natalie Cole, the Dramatics, the Stylistics, Frankie Lymon, Eugene Pitt, segment 6 of “The Motown Story,” and Main Ingredient “in concert.” We start at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Don’t forget if you miss the show, we schedule an encore performance on Monday night on RadioMaxMusic.com.

 

Great Soul Performances Special with Bobby Jay 7pm ET @radiomax

June 1, 2013
Editor In Chief

clarenceburkedellsOn this Saturday, June 1, 2013, we remember and reflect on the careers of Marvin Junior and Clarence Burke, Jr. We lost them both this past week, so on “Great Soul Performances” this evening we will salute musically the Dells and the Five Stairsteps. I’m privileged to have known and to have appeared on stage with both groups during my career and will share those fond memories. You’ll hear the voices of Marvin Junior and the Dells in the studio with me when I conducted an interview with them back at WWRL in New York City. I urge everyone to tune in and listen to many great hits by these two influential vocal groups at 7PM ET, when we spotlight, salute and remember the late Marvin Junior, and Clarence Newton Burke, Jr., the Dells and the Stairsteps on RadioMaxMusic.com.

 

Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

April 27, 2013
Editor In Chief

the-manhattansJoin Bobby Jay for another awesome edition of Great Soul Performances featuring the likes of the Delfonics, Rose Royce, the Temptations, the Dells, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Manhattans, the Flamingos, the Chi-Lites, Cameo, Main Ingredient and more.  There’ll be solo artists as well and of course a great “live” concert. The festivities begin at 7PM ET, on RadioMaxMusic.com. 

Encore on RadioMax Monday evening 10pm et

Encore on GSP RadioMax Sunday 5pm, Monday 12pm ET.

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Great Soul Performances with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

January 26, 2013
Editor In Chief

 Bobby-CynthiaThis evening on “Great Soul Performances” we’ll feature George Benson, Norman Connors, Switch, the O’Jays, the Dells, Jean Knight in concert, Otis Redding and our tribute to the artists, singers, musicians and performers who passed away in 2012. 

 

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