On Wednesday, May 15th, the world said goodbye to a legendary music artist. Charles "Chuck" Barksdale, a founder and bass singer of the long-running doo-wop group The Dells, sadly passed away at 84 years old in Chicago.
According to Billboard, the late musician was reportedly in failing health. An official cause of death was not immediately released to the public.
The Dells, who were in the music business for more than 50 years, recorded several top-charting hits including “Stay in My Corner,” “The Love We Had,” and “There is.” The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
“We lost a giant today, rest in paradise to Mr. Chuck Barksdale the velvet bass voice of THE DELLS. The Dells were my technical advisers on THE FIVE HEARTBEATS.The real stuff in the film about the music industry came from them and Chuck shared with me so honestly, the good, the bad and the ugly of the music business. He will be missed but today I will celebrate his memory by listening to nothing but their hits today!,” actor Robert Townsend wrote on social media.
Please pray for Barksdale’s friends, family, and loved ones during this sad time. He will be missed by so many!
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