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November 22, 2003

The Rock and Roll Museum announced Thursday that the The Dells are to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Well-known to dedicated R&B doo-wop fans, the Dells have fairly quietly managed to put together a career with hits in each decade since the 1950s without completely overhauling their basic sound. Their tight harmonies got them hired on as backing vocalists for other legends, including Ray Charles and Dinah Washington.

From their first hit, the classic 1956 ballad Oh What a Nite (which charted again in 1969), through 1965's Stay In My Corner, all the way to 1991's A Heart is a House of Love from Robert Townsend's cinematic valentine to vocal groups, The Five Heartbeats, The Dells have kept the flame alive for classic R&B harmony groups, and the group still features a few of the original members.

Posted by acapnews at November 22, 2003 9:07 AM


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