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.
I hope you’ll join me this evening for “Great Soul Performances.” I’ve got on the playlist: Lou Rawls, Baby Washington, Little Willie John, the Dells, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, the Fascinations, Natalie Cole, Joe Cuba, a brief tribute to the late Edward “Dip” “Sonny” Bivans of the Manhattans, the O’Jays live in concert and many others. It begins at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. There’ll be an encore performance (if you want to hear this show again) tomorrow at 7PM eastern time following “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s.” I think you’ll have a good time with a lot of fantastic songs, so join me later for “Great Soul Performances” here on RadioMaxMusic.com.
Tomorrow is “Father’s Day,” so this evening on “Great Soul Performances” we’ll play songs for “Dad” as well as pay a musical tribute to one of the greatest vocalists of all time, the late “Little” Jimmy Scott who passed away on Thursday. In addition you’ll hear: Major Harris, Joe Bataan, the Dells, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Michael Jackson from his “Xscape” CD, Minnie Riperton, Big Joe Turner, James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone and Stevie Wonder “live in concert” plus more.