CHICAGO — Charles Barksdale, a singer who was the bass vocalist of the doo-wop group The Dells, died Wednesday.
“All the 1970s bass singers learned a lot from Charles Barksdale,” Thompson said. “We learned how to sing under them.”
Barksdale was a founding member of The Dells doo-wop vocal group that started in 1952 in the Chicago suburb of Harvey.
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004.
Many credit The Dells, along with groups like the Stylistics, the Delfonics and the Dramatics, with laying the groundwork for other vocal groups like New Edition, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and N’Sync, according to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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