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The Dells singer Marvin Junior dies

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May 30, 2013 | 9:20am EDT

The Dells lead singer Marvin Junior has died, aged 77. The star, best known for the group's hit song Oh, What a Night, passed away at his home in Harvey, Illinois on Wednesday (29May13) after suffering kidney failure. The news was confirmed by his son, Marvin Junior, Jr. Junior was among a group of high school friends who formed the doo-wop band in 1952 under the name the El-Rays, and as The Dells, they went on to achieve success with their hit track Oh, What a Night in 1956. The group disbanded briefly after they were involved in a car crash in 1958, but they reformed in 1960. They enjoyed hits with tracks including Wear It on Our Face, Always Together and Stay in My Corner, and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004. The news of Junior's death comes amid reports his bandmate and fellow founding member Chuck Barksdale is gravely ill. Former bandmember Johnny Funches died of pneumonia in 1998, and John E. Carter, who replaced him in the line-up, died of cancer in 2009.

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