The Dells are considered one of R&B’s longest-serving singing groups that almost has the same members.
In 1953, the group got together while in high school as the El-Rays, a Doo Wop group. What separated this group from so many others was their ability to adapt to the changing tastes of the music lovers, especially during the 1960s and 70s their strongest period of popularity. The did not score any big hits as the El-Rays, but in 1956, after changing their name to The Dells they scored when they signed with Vee-Jay Records. The song is our next selection “Oh What A Nite.” The song would climb to Number Four on the R&B Singles Chart. They would redo the song as a Soul song in 1969, with a different tempo than the original. It would peak at Number 10 on Billboard’s Top 100 and Number One on the Best Selling Soul Singles.
This song goes out to a cousin, Lacy, who loves Doo Wop.
Here are The Dells with “Oh What A Nite.”