Charles Barksdale

  • "Loved your music. Thanks for the memories and your talent..."
    - Gail Buckner Luna
  • "Mr. Barksdale was a soulful singer who will be missed. May..."
  • "miss you. one great bass singer. Always Together "
    - lois weiss
  • "My sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort..."
  • "This person and the group brought something to the music..."
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Charles Barksdale (Jim Spellman/Wireimage) Charles Barksdale in the Movies Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
Charles Barksdale was a co-founder and bass vocalist for the doo-wop group The Dells. The five member singing group was started in 1952 by friends who attended Thornton High School in Harvey, Illinois, near Chicago. Their big hit song, “Oh, What a Night,” released in 1956, has sold over a million copies. The band has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Robert Townsend has said The Dells were his inspiration for his movie, “The Five Heartbeats.”

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