We Remember: Marvin Junior, Lead Singer of The Dells Passes Away at 77 (AUDIO)

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    Marvin Junior, the long time surviving lead singer extraordinaire of the mighty, mighty Dells went home to glory on May 29, 2013. He was 77. (Click Play Audio above to hear the TJMS’ tribute to Marvin Junior)

    Junior died from kidney failure and had a weak heart, his son Marvin Junior Jr. told Chicago’s ABC7 TV. He says his father died surrounded by family in his home in Harvey around 3:15 pm on Wednesday afternoon.

    Information on the illness of the singer was first posted online in a  May 23, 2013 report in the Soulful Detroit blog. The report also mentioned that another member of The Dells, Mr. Chuck Barksdale, was also very ill.

    Did you know Marvin Junior and The Dells were the voices behind “The Five Heartbeats”?

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    6 thoughts on “We Remember: Marvin Junior, Lead Singer of The Dells Passes Away at 77 (AUDIO)

    1. I knew that one of “The Dells” had passed away, not realizing it was The lead singer Marvin Junior! I was listening to my favorite song by “The Dells”: “The Love We Had Stays On My Mind”. My favorite verse is: Girl if you were nearer, if you had a mirror, maybe you could count my tears. And if you were nearer, it would all be clearer, how I wish that you were here! I was thinking how I was looking foward to more songs by “The Dells”. Your mighty voice will be missed, but never forgotten! RIP Marvin Junior!

    2. The Dells are the template for all modern 4 and 5 part harmony R&B groups and Marvin Junior is “the voice”. Before…no. “Because” there was a Marvin Junior, there was a “David Ruffin” et al. RIP Sir. Thank you!

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