Johnnie Carter, vocalist with the Flamingos and the Dells, is born.
Chuck Barksdale, vocalist with the Dells, is born.
Johnny Funches, vocalist with the Dells, is born.
Marvin Junior, vocalist with the Dells, is born.
Verne Allison, vocalist with the Dells, is born.
Michael “Mickey” McGill, vocalist with the Dells, is born.
The El-Rays form in Thornton Township High School in Harvey, Illinois. Two years later, they change their name to the Dells.
The Dells’ first hit, “Oh What a Nite,” enters the charts, where it will peak at #4.
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.
“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.
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.
“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.
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.
Johnny Funches dies of pneumonia.
Johnny Funches passes away.
The Dells release Reminiscing, their first new album in eight years. Two years later the Dells will celebrate their 50th anniversary as a band.
The Dells are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the nineteenth annual induction dinner. Robert Townsend is their presenter.
Johnnie Carter passes away.
Marvin Junior dies of kidney failure.