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The Dells

Band, 1952-2012 US, Harvey, Illinois
A.k.a. The El-Rays

Soul - doo-wop - funk - disco male vocal group Formed in 1952, Harvey, Illinois. U.S. Their career spanned more than four decades. Their vocal leaders were the falsetto singer Johnny Carter and baritone singer Marvin Junior. Initially they were called The El-Rays Their first hit was in 1956, "Oh What A Night" at Vee Jay Records. Late 50's they had some line-up exchanges with the doo-wop vocal groups The Moonglows and The Flamingos. After two albums at Vee Jay Records they were signed at Cadet in mid 60's where they released a dozen albums until 1975. After Cadet they released eight more albums at various labels like Mercury, ABC Records, 20th Century Fox Records, Private I Records, Veteran Records, Philadelphia International Records, Volt and Devine Records up untill 2002. Inducted into Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 (Performer).

PortraitVerne Allison
voc *1936 US
PortraitChuck Barksdale
voc *1935
PortraitMarvin Junior
voc *1936
PortraitMickey McGill
voc *1937
PortraitJohnny Carter
voc 1934-2009 US
Johnny Funches
voc 1935-1998 US
Popular Tracks   
Oh What A Nite on Dreams Of Contentment by The Dells
Oh, What A Night on Oh, What A Night! / The Great Ballads by The Dells
Stay In My Corner on There Is by The Dells
A Heart Is A House For Love on Passionate Breezes: The Best Of The Dells 1975-1991 by The Dells
The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind) on Since I Fell For You by The Dells
I Touched A Dream on Passionate Breezes: The Best Of The Dells 1975-1991 by The Dells
Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation on 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of The Dells by The Dells
The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) on Freedom Means by The Dells
Run For Cover on There Is by The Dells
Always Together - Single Version on Oh, What A Night! / The Great Ballads by The Dells

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Title Artist Year Type
Oh What A Nite!, 1954-2962 Vee Jay & Argo SidesThe Dells2016Compil.
We Got To Get Out Thing Together / No Way BackThe Dells2016Compil.
Run For Cover / Sweeter Than The Day BeforeThe Dells / Valentinos2015Single
The Complete Early Singles CollectionThe Dells2015Compil.
It's All Up To You / Wear It On Our FaceThe Dells2015Single
Run For CoverThe Dells2014Single
Oh, What A NiteThe Dells2012Compil.
Time Makes You Change 1954-1961The Dells2012Compil.
Always On The Run / A Heart Is A House For LoveLenny Kravitz / The Dells2008Single
Then And NowThe Dells2008Album
Standing Ovation (The Very Best Of 1966-1981)The Dells2007Compil.
The Best Of The Vee-Jay YearsThe Dells2007Compil.
Greatest HitsThe Dells2007Compil.
Extended Pleasure EP Vol 2Tony Silvester / Mother's Finest / The Dells2006Album
It's Not Unusual - The Very Best Of The Vee Jay Years 1955 - 1965The Dells2006Compil.
Ultimate CollectionThe Dells2004Compil.
The Early YearsThe Dells2004Compil.
Oh What A NightThe Dells2004Compil.
Ugly Edits Vol. 5Sugarhill Gang / Roger Troutman / The Dells2003Album
Ugly Edits Vol. 4The Dells / Minnie Riperton2003Album
Open Up Your Heart - The 9.11 AlbumThe Dells2002Album
New Beginnings / Face To FaceThe Dells2001Compil.
The Best OfThe Dells2001Compil.
The Very Best Of The DellsThe Dells2000Compil.
The Best Of The DellsThe Dells2000Compil.
ReminiscingThe Dells2000Album
The Best Of The DellsThe Dells2000Compil.
AnthologyThe Dells1999Compil.
Oh, What A Night! / The Great BalladsThe Dells1998Compil.
I Touched A Dream / Whatever Turns You OnThe Dells1998Compil.
The Great BalladsThe Dells1998Compil.
The Great BalladsThe Dells1998Compil.
Oh What A NightThe Dells1998Single
On Their Corner - The Best Of The DellsThe Dells1997Compil.
The "Mighty" Dells w/ Johnny FunchesThe Dells1997Album
Bringing Back The Love - Classic Dells SoulThe Dells1996Compil.
Tribute Songs To The Filmmaker Fred WilliamsonThe Dells, The Dramatics, Code Blue, Rio And Rilonda Appling1996Single
Passionate Breezes: The Best Of 1975-1991The Dells1995Compil.
Dreams Of ContentmentThe Dells1992Compil.
I Salute YouThe Dells1992Album
Oh My LoveThe Dells1992Single
Come And Get ItThe Dells1992Single
That's How Heartaches Are MadeThe Dells1991Single
A Heart Is A House For LoveThe Dells1991Single
Oh, What A NightThe Dells1991Compil.
Tore Up / Run For Cover / One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer / So Young (And So Innocent)Harmonica Fats / The Dells / John Lee Hooker / The Poets1990Single
Oh, What A Night - 16 Greatest HitsThe Dells1989Compil.
Oh What A NightThe Dells1989Compil.
Open Up My Heart / Love Is So SimpleThe Dells1988Single
Vintage GoldThe Dells1988Compil.
Can We Skip That Part?The Dells1988Single
Thought Of You Just A Little Too Much / SweetnessThe Dells1988Single
The Second TimeThe Dells1988Album
Always Together (Greatest Hits Vol. 1)The Dells1987Compil.
From Streetcorner To SoulThe Dells1985Compil.
You Just Can't Walk Away / Don't Want NobodyThe Dells1984Single
One Step CloserThe Dells1984Album
Breezy Ballads & Tender TunesThe Dells1984Compil.
One Step CloserThe Dells1984Single
Don't Want NobodyThe Dells1984Single
The DellsThe Dells1983Compil.
Rockin’ On BandstandThe Dells1983Compil.
The DellsThe Dells1982Compil.
Stay In My Corner / Always TogetherThe Dells1982Single
Whatever Turns You OnThe Dells1981Album
Where Did Our Love Go / I Can Sing A Rainbow / Love Is BlueDonnie Elbert / The Dells1981Single
Stay In My CornerThe Dells1981Single
The Best Of The DellsThe Dells1981Compil.
Happy SongThe Dells1981Album
Passionate Breezes / Your SongThe Dells1980Single
All About The PaperThe Dells1980Album
Your Song / Look At Us NowThe Dells1980Album
Stay In My Corner / Oh What A Nite / Looks Like It's OverThe Dells1980Compil.
I Touched A DreamThe Dells1980Album
Oh What A Night / For Your Precious LoveThe Dells / Jerry Butler And The Impressions1980Compil.
Plastic People / Thought I CouldThe Dells1979Single
Face To FaceThe Dells1979Album
(You Bring Out) The Best In MeThe Dells1978Single
I Wanna TestifyThe Dells1978Single
Someone To Call Me Darling / Now I PrayThe Dells1978Single
Super WomanThe Dells1978Single
New BeginningsThe Dells1978Album
Betcha Never Been Loved (Like This Before)The Dells1977Single
Our Love / Could It BeThe Dells1977Single
CorneredThe Dells1977Compil.
They Said It Couldn't Be Done, But We Did It!The Dells1977Album
Love ConnectionThe Dells1977Album
Private PropertyThe Dells1977Single
TeaserThe Dells1977Single
Our LoveThe Dells1977Single
Slow Motion / Ain't No Black And White MusicThe Dells1976Single
No Way BackThe Dells1976Album
No Way BackThe Dells1976Single
Love Is Missing From Our Lives / I'm In LoveThe Dells / The Dramatics1975Single
We Got To Get Our Thing Together / ReminiscingThe Dells1975Single
You're The Greatest / The Glory Of LoveThe Dells1975Single
Gotta Get Home To My Baby / The Power Of LoveThe Dells1975Single
We Got To Get Our Thing TogetherThe Dells1975Album
The Dells Vs. The DramaticsThe Dells / The Dramatics1974Album
Learning To Love You Was Easy / Bring Back The Love Of YesterdayThe Dells1974Single
In ConcertThe Dells1974Album
I Wish It Was Me You Loved / Two Together Is Better Than OneThe Dells1974Single
Best CollectionThe Dells1974Compil.
The Mighty Mighty DellsThe Dells1974Album
Give Your Baby A Standing OvationThe Dells1973Album
Letter Full Of Tears / Time Makes You ChangeGladys Knight And The Pips / The Dells1973Single
My Pretending Days Are OverThe Dells1973Single
Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Run For CoverThe Dells1973Single
The DellsThe Dells1973Album
If You Move I'll FallThe Dells1973Single
I Miss YouThe Dells1973Single
Rap N' Rhythm With Al GeeThe Dells Week of 12/23/73 The Sylvers Week of 12/30/74 Ashford & Simpson Week of 1/6/74 The Independents1973Album
Sing A Rainbow / Love Is BlueThe Dells1973Single
Give Your Baby A Standing OvationThe Dells1973Single
The DellsThe Dells1973Compil.
Walk On ByThe Dells1972Single
Sweet As Funk Can BeThe Dells1972Album
It's All Up To YouThe Dells1972Single
The Dells Sing Dionne Warwicke's Greatest HitsThe Dells1972Album
The Best Of The DellsThe Dells1972Compil.
Just As Long As We're In Love / I'd Rather Be With YouThe Dells1972Single
The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Freedom MeansThe Dells1971Single
A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Con Su Blanca Palidez)The Dells1971Single
Freedom Means....The Dells1971Album
A Whiter Shade Of PaleThe Dells1971Single
The Glory Of Love / A Whiter Shade Of PaleThe Dells1971Single
Open Up My Heart / NadineThe Dells1970Single
Wonderful World Beautiful People / Like It Is, Like It WasJimmy Cliff / The Dells1970Album
Oh What A Day / The Change We Go Thru (for Love)The Dells1970Single
Long, Lonely Nights / Oh, What A DayThe Dells1970Single
Long Lonely Nights / A Little UnderstandingThe Dells1970Single
Oh What A Nite / Pain In My HeartThe Dells1970Single
Sing A Rainbow-Love Is Blue / Hallelujah BabyThe Dells1969Single
Love Is Blue / Che Male T'Ho FattoThe Dells / Little Tony1969Single
The Dells Greatest HitsThe Dells1969Compil.
Oh What A NightThe Dells1969Single
On The Dock Of The Bay / When I'm In Your ArmsThe Dells1969Single
Love Is BlueThe Dells1969Album
On The Dock Of The BayThe Dells1969Single
Oh What A DayThe Dells1969Single
I Can Sing A Rainbow / Love Is BlueThe Dells1969Single
There Is / Show MeThe Dells1969Single
Like It Is Like It WasThe Dells1969Album
Oh, What A NightThe Dells1969Single
Oh What A Night / Dock Of The BayThe Dells1969Single
Can Sing A Rainbow (Puedo Cantar Un Arcoiris) / Love Is BlueThe Dells1969Single
Oh What A NightThe Dells1969Single
Oh What A Night / The Glory Of LoveThe Dells1969Single
I Can't Do Enough / Hallways Of My MindThe Dells1969Single
Stay In My Corner / Wear It On Your FaceThe Dells1968Single
Stay In My Corner / Love Is So SimpleThe Dells1968Single
It's Not Unusual / Stay In My CornerThe Dells1968Single
Wear It On Our Face / Please Don't Change Me NowThe Dells1968Single
Always TogetherThe Dells1968Single
Stay In My CornerThe Dells1968Compil.
There IsThe Dells1968Album
The Dells Musical Menu / Always TogetherThe Dells1968Album
There Is / Show MeThe Dells1968Single
The DellsThe Dells1968Compil.
Does Anybody Know I'm HereThe Dells1968Single
Inspiration / You Belong To Someone ElseThe Dells1967Single
O-O, I Love You/ There IsThe Dells1967Single
Thinkin' About You / The Change We Go Thru (For Love)The Dells1966Single
Run For Cover / Over AgainThe Dells1966Single
It's Not UnusualThe Dells1965Album
Stay In My Corner / It's Not UnusualThe Dells1965Single
Hey Sugar (Don't Get Serious) / Poor Little BoyThe Dells1965Single
I Wanna Go Home / I Almost Lost My MindThe Dells With Al Smith Orchestra / The Harptones1964Single
Shy Girl / What Do We ProveThe Dells1964Single
Movin' On / Bongo RockThe Dells With Al Smith Orchestra / Preston Epps1964Single
Oh What A Good NiteThe Dells1964Single
Rockin' Little Angel/Dry Your EyesRay Smith, The Dells1963Single
Good-Bye Mary Ann / After YouThe Dells1963Single
If It Ain't One Thing It's AnotherThe Dells1963Single
I'm Going Home / God Bless The ChildThe Dells1962Single
I'm Going Home / God Bless The ChildThe Dells1962Single
The (Bossa Nova) Bird / EternallyThe Dells1962Single
Swingin' TeensThe Dells1961Single
Oh What A Night / I Wanna Go HomeThe Dells1959Single
Oh, What A NiteThe Dells1959Album
Wedding Day / My Best GirlThe Dells1959Single
The Springer / What You Say BabyThe Dells1958Single
Baby, Open Up Your HeartThe Dells1958Single
I'm Calling / Jeepers CreepersThe Dells1958Single
Stay In My Corner / Stop The WeddingThe Dells, Etta James1958Single
Pain In My Heart / Time Makes You ChangeThe Dells With Al Smith Orchestra1957Single
Q-Bop She-Bop / A Distant LoveThe Dells1957Single
Why Do You Have To Go / Dance, Dance, DanceThe Dells1957Single
Oh What A Nite / Jo-JoThe Dells1956Single
Tell The World / Blues At ThreeThe Dells1955Single
Stay In My Corner / Wear It On Your FaceThe DellsSingle
Sweeter Than The Day Before / Thinkin About YouValentinos / The DellsSingle
If It Ain't One Thing It's Another / Hi Diddley Dee DumThe DellsSingle
Baby, Open Up Your Heart / Mountain Of LoveThe Dells / Harold DormanSingle
Stay In My Corner / Hole In The WallThe Dells / The PackersSingle
My Lady So Perfect For Me / SweetnessThe DellsAlbum
Melodies / Get On DownMade In USA / The DellsAlbum
The Dells - Super II SeriesThe DellsCompil.
Oh What A Night / NadineThe DellsSingle
There Is / Wear It On Our FaceThe DellsSingle
Zing, Zing, Zing / Gee WhizThe Dells / Bob & EarlSingle
Dreams Of Contentment / Little Bitty Pretty OneThe Dells / Bobby DaySingle
I Wanna Go Home / The Shrine Of St CeliaThe Dells / The HarptonesSingle
Oh What A Night / Moonlight And YouThe Dells, The JaguarsSingle
Oh What A Night / Every Beat Of My HeartThe Dells / Gladys Knight And The PipsSingle
Dirty Man / Always TogetherLaura Lee / The DellsSingle
Oh What A Nite / At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)The Dells, The El DoradosSingle
Zing Zing Zing / Dreams Of ContentmentThe DellsSingle
Dry Your Eyes / Rockin' Little AngelThe Dells / Ray SmithSingle
Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / My Pretending Days Are OverThe DellsSingle
I Wanna Go Home / Oh What A NiteThe DellsSingle
Donna / Pain In My HeartRitchie Valens / The DellsSingle
Stay In My Corner / Over The Mountain, Across The SeaThe Dells / Johnnie & JoeSingle
Run For CoverThe DellsSingle
Selfish One / Stay In My CornerJackie Ross / The DellsSingle
Pain In My Heart / Time Makes You ChangeThe DellsSingle
Oh What A Night / Just BecauseThe Dells / Lloyd PriceSingle
Let's Wade In The Water / Run For CoverMarlena Shaw / The DellsSingle
Stay In My Corner / A Distant LoveThe DellsSingle
Stay In My Corner / Always Together / Sing A Rainbow / Oh What A NightThe DellsSingle
I Do Love You / The SpringerTex And The Chex / The DellsSingle
The Love We Had Stays On My Mind / The WatusiThe Dells / The VibrationsSingle
No Way Back / I RememberThe Dells / Gino SoccioAlbum
Oh, What A Night / The Glory Of LoveThe DellsSingle
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