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The Dells

1934

Johnnie Carter, vocalist with the Flamingos and the Dells, is born.

1935

Chuck Barksdale, vocalist with the Dells, is born.

1935

Johnny Funches, vocalist with the Dells, is born.

1936

Marvin Junior, vocalist with the Dells, is born.

1936

Verne Allison, vocalist with the Dells, is born.

1937

Michael “Mickey” McGill, vocalist with the Dells, is born.

1952

The El-Rays form in Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois. Two years later, they change their name to the Dells.

1956

The Dells’ first hit, “Oh What a Nite,” enters the charts, where it will peak at #4.

1968

There Is, by the Dells, is released on Cadet Records. The album will yield half a dozen hits and keep the group high on the charts for the next year.

1968

“Stay in My Corner,” by the Dells, is released. It will top the R&B chart for three weeks and reach #10 on the pop chart.

1969

The Dells’ “Oh, What a Night” - a remake of their 1956 hit “Oh What a Nite” - enters the charts. It will become a Top Ten pop hit and #1 R&B smash.

1973

“Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation,” by the Dells, is released. Peaking at #3, it will be the group’s biggest hit of the Seventies.

1980

The Dells’ “I Touched a Dream” enters the charts, where it will rise to #17. It mark four consecutive decades of hits for the veteran Chicago vocal group.

1998

Johnny Funches dies of pneumonia.

1998

Johnny Funches passes away.

2000

The Dells release Reminiscing, their first new album in eight years. Two years later the Dells will celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.

2004

The Dells are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the nineteenth annual induction dinner. Robert Townsend is their presenter.

2009

Johnnie Carter passes away.

2013

Marvin Junior dies of kidney failure.