The Dells are one of longest-lived R&B groups in history. Forming in 1955, their line-up remained stable from 1960 until 2009, when lead tenor Johnny Carter passed away. Beginning as a doo-wop group, they transformed into a soul act, enjoying their greatest popularity in the late 1960s and '70s.
The roots of The Dells were in Harvey, Illinois act doo-wop act, The El-Rays, which were formed by Thornton Township High School students Johnny Funches (lead tenor), Lucius McGill (tenor), Verne Allison (tenor), Mickey McGill (second tenor), Marvin Junior (lead baritone), and Chuck Barksdale (bass). They recorded "Darling I Know" for Chess Records's Checker subsidiary in 1954. Lucius left the group, leaving them a... Read More