The Dells

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The El-Rays/Dells | Uncle Marv | tc297

The Dells, known originally as The El Rays, are one of the longest serving successful vocal groups in soul music. Their first record, “Darling I know/Christine” as the El Rays was released on Checker 794 in 1954. They were formed at high school in 1952. The main members of the group have been Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Johnny Funches, Chuck Barksdale, and Mickey and Lucius McGill. In 1956 they 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 Johnny Funches being replaced by Johnny Carter.

Marvin Junior died on May 29, 2013.
Johnny Funches died on January 23, 1998.
Johnny Carter died on August 21, 2009.

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