DELLS: Bass Voice Chuck Barksdale Dead at 84


Dells co-founder Chuck Barkdale, whose bass voice was a cornerstone of the group's soulful sound, died Wednesday in suburban Chicago. He was 84. 

The group signature song, "Oh What a Night," was a hit in different versions during the 1950s and '60s. They also made their mark with "Stay in My Corner," "There Is" and "Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation." 

In 1991, they enjoyed a Top 15 R&B chart hit with "A Heart Is a House for Love," recorded for the Robert Townsend movieThe Five Heartbeats-- for which the group served as technical advisors. 

The Dells were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.

Source: (Billboard)

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