Groupe Doo Wop US originaire de Chicago (Illinois) et formé en 1953. Les "Dells" ont débuté en 1954 chez Checker Records sous le nom de "El-Rays" et comprenait Johnny Funches, Marvin Junior, Verne Allison, Mickey McGill et Chuck Barsdale. L'année suivante, ils prennent le nom de "Dells" chez Vee Jay (55). Ils passent ensuite chez Argo (62) avant de revenir chez Vee Jay, puis chez Cadet (69).

The Dells are one of the finest and longest-lived R&B Vocals groups in history, and what's most amazing is that they've done it with nearly all the same members -- they haven't changed personnel since 1960. They were one of the very few doo wop outfits to successfully update their sound, finding their strongest commercial niche in the late '60s and '70s as a polished smooth soul harmony group. While their chart fortunes have certainly fluctuated over the years, they remained a viable act right up into the '90s, by which time they had long since achieved legendary status in the R&B community.
The Dells were formed in 1953 in southern suburbs of Chicago, specifically the town of Harvey, IL, where all the members attended high school together. The original lineup featured lead baritone Marvin Junior, lead tenor Johnny Funches, tenors Verne Allison and Lucius McGill, second baritone Mickey McGill, and bass Chuck Barksdale. Initially called the El-Rays, the group recorded their first single, "Darling I Know," for Chess Records subsidiary Checker that year; it flopped. Lucius McGill departed not long after, and wasn't replaced, cutting the group down to a quintet. Newly christened The Dells, they got another shot in 1955 when they signed to Vee Jay. They had a minor R&B hit with the ballad "Dreams of Contentment" that year, but really scored big in 1956 with the doo wop classic "Oh What a Nite," which featured Funches singing lead and went Top Five on the R&B charts. Thus established, The Dells hit the road, although they found it difficult to duplicate their chart success. Tragedy nearly struck in 1958; on their way to a gig in Philadelphia, the body of the group's station wagon failed, resulting in a serious accident which lacerated Junior's larynx (slightly altering his voice thereafter) and nearly cost McGill the use of his leg. The Dells went on hiatus to recover; in the meantime, Barksdale became a temporary member of the Moonglows, where he sang alongside Marvin Gaye.
The Dells reconvened in 1960 and successfully auditioned to tour with Dinah Washington, as both her opening act and backup group. Funches, however, was tired of touring and decided to stay home with his family, which would be the last time any member left the group. He was replaced by lead/falsetto tenor Johnny Carter, a former member of the Flamingoes. Working with Vocals coach Kirk Stewart, The Dells perfected the more challenging art of jazz harmony singing. They toured with Washington for two years, subsequently signing with the Chess subsidiary Argo and releasing four jazz-flavored singles, all of which tanked. They returned to Vee Jay in 1964 and began recording R&B again, though their local nightclub act centered more around jazz; 1965 brought them a Top 30 R&B hit with "Stay in My Corner," their biggest success since "Oh What a Nite." However, Vee Jay went bankrupt in 1966, and The Dells returned to Chess for a third time, this time the Cadet subsidiary; their first two singles, "Thinking About You" and "Run for Cover," became local hits. Also in 1966, The Dells became Ray Charles' touring Vocals backup, giving them an opportunity to sing in some of their biggest concert venues yet.
Cadet was where The Dells' career really started to take off. In 1967, the label assigned producer Bobby Miller and arranger Charles Stepney to handle the group, and they began to exploit the striking contrast between Junior's earthy baritone and Carter's luminous falsetto, adding lush orchestrations and plenty of horn charts. The Dells' first album under the Miller-Stepney aegis, There Is, was a smashing success, spawning no less than four hit singles including an expanded remake of "Stay in My Corner" that topped the R&B charts and went Top Ten pop. Suddenly the group was bigger than they'd ever been; their follow-up album, 1968's Always Together, spun off another four singles. 1969's Love Is Blue gave them another R&B number one and pop Top Ten with a remake of their '50s classic "Oh What a Nite." Miller moved on to other projects in early 1970, and Stepney became The Dells' producer on the following year's Freedom Means, which featured the hit ballad "The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind)." After a Dionne Warwick repertory album in 1972, Cadet hired Don Davis as the group's new producer, which paid immediate dividends in the form of The Dells' first certified million-selling single, 1973's "Give Your Baby a Standing Ovation." After a few more hits with Davis, The Dells left Cadet in favor of Mercury in 1975.
Although the group's production kept pace with the times, incorporating nods to disco, their Mercury stint wasn't as successful, and they switched labels again in 1978, jumping to ABC for a couple of albums. It seemed their career momentum had stalled, at least until 1980's I Touched a Dream LP, recorded for 20th Century. Produced by the Chi-Lites' Eugene Record, I Touched a Dream recaptured The Dells' old magic, and was greeted with enthusiastic reviews. The follow-up, Whatever Turns You On, wasn't quite as successful, though, and The Dells wound up spending a number of years off record, returning with a little-noticed old-style soul album in 1988's The Second Time. It looked as though they might be consigned to the oldies circuit until filmmaker Robert Townsend approached them to serve as consultants on his movie about a fictional Vocals group, The Five Heartbeats. The Dells recorded a song called "The Heart Is a House for Love" for the soundtrack, which became a left-field R&B chart hit when it was released as a single in 1991. That led to a new album for Zoo in 1992, I Salute You, which attempted to mate The Dells' sound with urban contemporary and new jack swing production; however, it wasn't a hit, and the group returned to touring. Former lead singer Johnny Funches passed away in 1998, and Verne Allison underwent a successful triple bypass in 2000, the same year The Dells released Reminiscing on the revived Volt label; it was their first album of new material in eight years.

http://www.themightydells.com

Talents : Johnny Funches : Lead Tenor - Marvin Junior : Lead Baritone - Verne Allison : Tenor - Mickey McGill : Second Baritone - Chuck Barsdale : Bass.

Style musical : Doo Wop, Rhythm 'n' Blues, Soul

http://youtu.be/vi9iowQOG_A

CHRISTINE (1954) (El-Rays)

DREAMS OF CONTENTMENT (1955)

OH WHAT A NIGHT (1956)

JO-JO (1956)

DANCE, DANCE, DANCE (1957)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000 10

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

1954 SP CHECKER 794 (US) . EL-RAYS - Darling I Know / Christine
1955 SP VEE JAY VJ 134 (US) . Tell The World / Blues At Three (Count MORRIS)
1955 SP VEE JAY VJ 166 (US) . DELLS with Al SMITH'S ORCHESTRA - Dreams Of Contentment / Zing, Zing, Zing 
09/1956 SP VEE JAY VJ 204 (US) . Oh What A Night / Jo-Jo
1956 SP VEE JAY VJ 230 (US) . Movin' On / I Wanna Go Home
1957 SP VEE JAY VJ 236 (US) . Why Do You Have To Go / Dance, Dance, Dance
08/1957 SP VEE JAY VJ 251 (US) . A Distant Lover / O-Bop She-Bop
08/1957 SP VEE JAY VJ 258 (US) . Pain In My Heart / Time Makes You Change
1958 SP VEE JAY VJ 274 (US) . The Springer / What You Say Baby
1958 SP VEE JAY VJ 292 (US) . I'm Calling / Jeepers Creepers
1958 SP VEE JAY VJ 300 (US) . Wedding Day / My Best Girl
09/1959 SP VEE JAY VJ 324 (US) . Dry Your Eyes / Baby Open Up Your Heart
09/1959 SP VEE JAY VJ 338 (US) . Oh What A Night   / I Wanna Go Home
1961 SP VEE JAY VJ 376 (US) . Swingin' Teens / Hold On To What You've Got
1962 SP ARGO 5415 (US) . I'm Going Home / God Bless The Child
1962 SP ARGO 5428 (US) . The (Bossa Nova) Bird / Eternally
06/1963 SP ARGO 5442 (US) . If It Ain't One Thing It's Another / Hi Diddle Dee Dum Dum
1963 SP ARGO 5456 (US) . After You / Goodbye Mary Ann
1964 SP OLDIES 45 26 (US) . I Wanna Go Home / Oh What A Night
1964 SP OLDIES 45 26 (US) . Dry Your Eyes / + Ray SMITH
1964 SP OLDIES 45 57 (US) . Zing Zing Zing / + BOB & EARL
1964 SP OLDIES 45 94 (US) . Pain In My Heart / + Ritchie VALENS
1964 SP OLDIES 45 98 (US) . Times Make You Change / Pain In My Heart
1964 SP OLDIES 45 99 (US) . Why Do You Have To Go / Dance, Dance, Dance
1964 SP OLDIES 45 100 (US) . I Wanna Go Home / I Almost Lost My Mind (The HARPTONES)
1964 SP OLDIES 45 112 (US) . Times Make You Change / + Gladys KNIGHT & The PIPS
1964 ? SP OLDIES 45 ? (US) . Baby Open Up Your Heart / + Harold DORMAN
05/1964 SP VEE JAY VJ  595 (US) Shy Girl / What Do We Prove
1964 SP VEE JAY VJ  615 (US) . Wait Till Tomorrow / Oh What A Good Night
1965 SP OLDIES 45 155 (US) . I Wanna Go Home / (The Shrine Of St. Cecilia) The HARPTONES
1965 SP VEE JAY VJ  674 (US) . Stay In My Corner / + Tom JONES
12/1965 SP VEE JAY VJ  712 (US) . Hey Sugar (Don't Get Serious) / Poor Little Boy
1965 SP CADET 5538 (US) . The Change We Go Thru (For Love) / Thinkin' About You
12/1966 SP CADET 5551 (US) . Run For Cover / Over Again
1967 SP CADET 5563 (US) . Inspiration / You Belong To Someone Else
09/1967 SP CADET 5574 (US) . O-O, I Love You / There Is
1967 SP CADET 5574 (US) . O-O, I Love You / The Changes We Go Through (For Love)
01/1968 SP CADET 5590 (US) . There Is / Show Me
1968 SP CHESS 169508 (F) There Is / Show Me
03/1968 SP CADET 5599 (US) . Wear It On Our Face / Please Don't Change Me Now
1968 SP CHESS 169511 (F) Wear It On Our Face / Please Don't Change Me Now
06/1968 SP CADET 5612 (US) . Stay In My Corner / Love Is So Simple
1968 SP CHESS 169525 (F) Stay In My Corner / Love Is So Simple
10/1968 SP CADET 5621 (US) . Always Together / I Want My Mama
12/1968 SP CADET 5631 (US) . Make Sure (You Have Someone To Love You) / Does Anybody Know I'm Here
02/1969 SP CADET 5636 (US) . Hallways Of My Mind / I Can't Do Enough
05/1969 SP CADET 5641 (US) . I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Hallelujah Baby
07/1969 SP CADET 5649 (US) . Oh What A Night / Believe Me
10/1969 SP CADET 5658 (US) . Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay / When I'm In Your Arms
1969 SP CHESS 169 543 (F)

Medley: Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Hallelujah Baby

1969 SP CHESS 75006 (GER)

Can Sing A Rainbow & Love Is Blue / Hallelujah Baby

1969 SP CADET DE 2709 (F) Can Sing A Rainbow / Love Is Blue / Hallelujah Baby
06/1970 SP CADET 5663 (US) . Oh What A Day / The Change We Go Thru For Love
03/1970 SP CADET 5667 (US) . Open Up My Heart / Nadine
07/1970 SP CADET 5672 (US) . Long Lonely Nights / A Little Understanding
12/1970 SP CADET 5679 (US) . The Glory Of Love / A Whiter Shade Of Pale
07/1971 SP CADET CA 5683 (US) . The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Freedom Means
01/1972 SP CADET CA 5689 (US) . It's All Up To You / Oh, My Dear
1972 SP CADET CA 5691 (US) . Walk On By / This Guy's In Love With You
10/1972 SP CADET CA 5694 (US) . Just As Long As We're In Love / I'd Rather Be With You
04/1973 SP CADET CA 5696 (US) . Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Closer
09/1973 SP CADET CA 5698 (US) . My Pretending Days Are Over / Let's Make It Last
1973 SP CHESS 6006 (US) . O-O I Love You / There Is
1973 SP GOLDIES 45 2430 (US) . I Wanna Go Home / Oh What A Nite
11/1973 SP CADET CA 5700 (US) . Don't Make Me A Story Teller / I Miss You
1973 SP MOVIE PLAY SN-20795 (S)

Baby A Standing Ovation / The Glory Of Love

05/1974 SP CADET CA 5702 (US) . I Wish It Was Me You Loved / Two Together Is Better Than One
1974 SP CADET CA 5703 (US) . Learning To Love You Was Easy (It's So Hard Trying To Get Over You) / Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday
1974 SP CADET CA 5703 (US) . Sweeter As The Days Go By / Learning To Love You Was Easy (It's So Hard Trying To Get Over You)
04/1975 SP CADET CA 5707 (US) . You're The Greatest / The Glory Of Love
07/1975 SP CADET CA 5710 (US) . The DELLS & The DRAMATICS - I'm In Love / Love Is Missing From Our Lives
1975 SP CADET CA 5711 (US) . We Got To Get Our Thing Together / The Power Of Love
1975 SP MERCURY 73723 (US) . Got To Get Our Thing Together / Reminiscing
1975 SP MERCURY 73759 (US) . The Power Of Love / Gotta Get Home To My Baby
1976 SP MERCURY 73807 (US) . Slow Motion / Ain't No Black And White In Music
09/1976 SP MERCURY 73842 (US) . No Way Back / Too Late For Love
07/1977 SP MERCURY 73901 (US) . Bet'cha Never Been Loved (Like This Before) / Get On Down
1977 SP MERCURY 73909 (US) . Our Love / Could It Be
1978 SP MERCURY 73977 (US) . Private Property / Teaser
1978 SP WARNER BROS. 8606 (US) . Love Island / ?
07/1978 SP ABC AB-12386 (US) . My Life Is So Wonderful (When You're Around) / Super Woman
10/1978 SP ABC AB-12422 (US) . (I Wanna) Testify / Drowning For Your Love
1978 SP ABC AB-12422 (US) . (I Wanna) Testify / Don't Save Me
1979 SP ABC AB-12440 (US) . (You Bring Out) The Best In Me / Wrapped Up Tight
1979 SP MCA 41051 (US) . What I Could / Plastic People
07/1980 SP 20TH CENTURY TC-2463 (US) . I Touched A Dream / All About The Paper
1980 SP 20TH CENTURY TC-2475 (US) . Passionate Breezes / Your Song
980 SP CHARLY CTD 110 (UK)

Stay In My Corner / Oh What A Nite / Looks Like It's Over

1981 SP LOST NITE 297 (US) . Pain In My Heart / Time Makes You Change
1981 SP LOST NITE 305 (US) . Oh What A Nite / Jo-Jo
1981 SP 20TH CENTURY 2504 (US) . Happy Song / Look At Us Now
1982 SP 20TH CENTURY 2602 (US) . Stay In My Corner / Ain't It A Shame
1983 SP ERIC 276 (US) . Stay In My Corner / Over The Mountain Across The Sea (JOHNNIE & JOE)
01/1984 SP PRIVATE I 04343 (US) . You Just Can't Walk Away / Don't Want Nobody
04/1984 SP PRIVATE I 04448 (US) . Come On Back To Me / One Step Closer
07/1984 SP PRIVATE I 04540 (US) . Love On / Don't Want Nobody
1984 SP CHESS 91031 (US) . Stay In My Corner / Always Together
1984 SP ORIGINAL SOUND OBG-4521 (US) . Oh What A Nite / + The JAGUARS
1988 SP VETERAN 10038 (US) . That's How Heartaches Are Made / Thought Of You Just A Little Too Much
1988 SP VETERAN 7-101 (US) . Can We Skip That Part / Thought Of You Just A Little Too Much
02/1991 SP COLLECTABLES 9144 (US) . Oh, What A Night / Stay In My Corner
1991 SP URGENT! 91-613 (US) . My Lady Is So Perfect / Sweetness
1991 SP VIRGIN 98829 (US) . A Heart Is Not A House For Love / Stay In My Corner
20007 CD UM3 (?) .

A Whiter Shade Of Pale / Show Me / Inspiration

09/2008 CD DELLS / WAY ? (US)

Spending Our Christmases Together / Cause It's Christmas Time














Unissued Tracks

1954 CHECKER unissued EL-RAYS - Whing Ding All Night
1954 CHECKER unissued EL-RAYS - So Long
196? VEE JAY unissued Goodbye
196? VEE JAY unissued She's Just An Angel
196? VEE JAY unissued Now I Pray
196? VEE JAY unissued Baby Do
196? VEE JAY unissued It Takes Time
196? VEE JAY unissued When You Kiss Me
196? VEE JAY unissued You're Still In My Heart
196? VEE JAY unissued Someone To Call Me Darling (version 1)
196? VEE JAY unissued Someone To Call Me Darling (version 2)
196? VEE JAY unissued My Dreams
196? VEE JAY unissued Cherry Bee
196? VEE JAY unissued Restless Days
196? VEE JAY unissued Rain
196? VEE JAY unissued I Cover The Waterfront
196? VEE JAY unissued Class
196? VEE JAY unissued Don't Tell Nobody
196? ARGO unissued Walk On The Wild Side
196? ARGO unissued Let Him Lend A Hand

Albums

1959 CD VEE JAY VJLP-1010 (US) THE DELLS FEATURING OH, WHAT A NIGHT - (You Bring Out) The Best In Me / Changed Man / Face To Face / Hooked On Loving You / Oh, What A Night / Pain In My Heart / Please Don't Change Me Now / Wrapped Up Tight / Super Woman / Choosing Up On You
1965 LP 12" VEE JAY VJS-1141 (US) IT'S NOT UNUSUAL - I've Got A Woman / Witchcraft / Li'l Darlin' / My Baby Just Cares For Me / Ev'ry Day I Have The Blues / Let's Do It Over / What Do We Prove / Jeepers Creepers / It's Not For Me To Say / Alexander's Ragtime Band
1968 LP 12" UP-FRONT UPF-105 (US) STAY IN MY CORNER - Stay In My Corner / Always Together / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Oh, What a Night
1968 LP 12" CADET 804 (US) THERE IS - There Is / Stay In My Corner / Wear It On Our Face / Please Don't Change Me Now / Show Me / The Change You Go Through (For Love) / (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher / Close Your Eyes / Run For Cover / Love Is So Simple / When I'm In Your Arms / O-O I Love You
1969 LP 12" CADET LPS-822 (US) THE DELLS MUSICAL MENU / ALWAYS TOGETHER - Always Together / Hallways Of My Mind / Believe Me / I Want My Momma / Agatha Van Thurgood / Hallelujah Baby / Good-Bye Mary Ann / Does Anybody Know I'm Here / Make Sure (You Have Someone Who Loves You) / I Can't Do Enough
1969 LP 12" CADET LPS-824 (US) THE DELLS GREATEST HITS - Stay In My Corner / Always Together / There Is / Love Is So single / Please Don't Change Me Now / Wear It On Our Face / Make Sure (You Have Someone Who Loves You) / O-O I Love You / Does Anybody Know I'm Here / Hallways Of My Mind / The Change We Go Thru (For Love) / I Can't Do Enough
1969 LP 12" CADET LPS-829 (US) LOVE IS BLUE - I Can Sing A Rainbow-Love Is Blue / Glory Of Love / Honey / By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Medley) / Wichita Lineman (Medley) / On The Dock Of The Bay / Little Understanding / Oh What A Night (new version) / One Mint Julep / A Summer Place / A Whiter Shade Of Pale
1969 LP 12" BUDDAH BDS 5053 (US)

OH WHAT A NIGHT STAY IN MY CORNER - Oh What A Night / It's Not Unusual / I've Got A Woman / Witchcraft / Li'l Darlin' / Stay In My Corner / My Baby Just Cares For Me / Ev'ry Day I Have This Blues / Let's Do It Over / I Wanna Go Home / What Do We Prove

1970 LP 12" CADET LPS-837 (US) LIKE IT IS, LIKE IT WAS - I'm Not Afraid Of Tomorrow / Oh What A Day / Come Out Come Out / Open Up My Heart / Darling Dear / Since I Fell For You / Nadine / Long Lonely Nights / Off Shore
1971 LP 12" CADET CA-50004 (US) FREEDOM MEANS - Freedom Means / Free And Easy  /If You Go Away (medley) / Love Story (medley) / It's All Up To You / Melody Man / Make It With You / The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Rather Be With You / One Less Bell To Answer
1972 LP 12" CADET CA-50017 (US) THE DELLS SING DIONNE WARWICK'S GREATEST HITS - I'll Never Fall In Love Again / Walk On By / This Guy's In Love With You / Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head / I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself / Close To You / Trains And Boats And Planes / A House Is Not A Home / I Say A Little Prayer / Alfie / Wives And Lovers
1972 LP 12" CADET CA-50021 (US) SWEET AS FUNK CAN BE - Prologue : Ol' Amigo / Windy City Soul / Segue 2 : Funky Breeze - Ghetto Scene / Brown Eyed Lady / Segue 3 : The Origin Of Funk / Do What You Gotta Do Baby / Segue 4 : Sweet As Funk Can Be / Till I See You Again / Segue 5 : Sweet / When You're Alone / The Look Of Love / Segue 6 : Fonky Thang, Diamond' Rang / Oh My Dear / Segue 6 : Ol' Amigo / Just As Long As We're In Love / Epilogue : Be Bop Breeze
1973 LP 12" CADET CA-50037 (US) GIVE YOUR BABY A STANDING OVATION - Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Ain't No Sunshine / You Don't Care / Share / Love Can Make It Easier / The Glory Of Love / Stand Up And Show The World / Soul Strollin' / Closer
1973 LP 12" CADET CA-50046 (US) THE DELLS - Let The Feeling Talk To You / I Miss You / My Pretending Days Are Over / Let's Make It Last / I Hear Voices / If You Move I'll Fall / Don't Make Me A Storyteller
1973 LP 12" JCI 3515 (US) BEST OF THE DELLS
1974 LP 12" VEE JAY VJS-7305 (US) IN CONCERT - Hey Sugar / Poor Little Boy / What's The Use / I Need A Lot Of Love / It Looks Like It's Over / Oh What A Good Night / Shy Girl / Wait 'Till Tomorrow / Don't Tell Nobody / Hold On To What You Got / You Gotta' Have Soul
1974 LP 12" CADET CA-60027 (US) THE DELLS VS. THE DRAMATICS - Love Is Missing From Our Lives (DELLS) / I'm In Love (DELLS) / Choosing Up On You (DRAMATICS) / Strung Out Over You (DELLS) / Playin' The Love Game (DELLS) / Door To Your Heart (DRAMATICS) / Don't Make Me No Promises (DRAMATICS) / Tune Up (DRAMATICS)  /I Wish It Was Me You Loved (DELLS)
1974 LP 12" CADET CA-60030 (US) THE MIGHTY, MIGHTY DELLS - Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday / Be For Real With Me / Bonified Fool / If You Really Love Your Girl (Show Her) / Learning To Love You Was Easy (It's So Hard Trying To Get Over You) / Nothing Can Stop Me / Since I've Been In Love / Sweeter As The Days Go By / The Way We Were / That Special Someone
1975 LP 12" CADET CA-60036 (US) THE DELLS GREATEST HITS, VOLUME 2 - Learning To Love You Was Easy (It's So Hard Trying To Get Over You) / If It Ain't One Thing It's Another / The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / My Pretending Days Are Over / I Can Sing A Rainbow-Love Is Blue / Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday / Run For Cover / Hi Diddley Dee Dum Dum (It's A Good Good Feeling) / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Good-Bye Mary Ann / Oh What A Night (1969 version)
1975 LP 12" MERCURY SRM-1-1059 (US) WE GOT TO GET OUR THING TOGETHER - We Got To Get Our Thing Together / Strike Up The Band / Reminiscing / I'll Be Waiting There For You / Thank God You're My Lady / Love Is Missing From Our Lives / Overnight (Something So Right Went So Wrong) / Gotta Get Home To My Baby / The Power Of Love / You Don't Care
1976 LP 12" MERCURY SRM-1-1084 (US) NO WAY BACK - West Virginia Symphony / When Does The Lovin' Start / I'll Make You My Girl / Life Is The Time / Ain't No Black And White In Music / No Way Back / Too Late For Love / You're The Greatest / Adventure (No Way Back - No Way Back Pt.2) / I'll Try Again / Slow Motion
1977 LP 12" MERCURY SRM-1-1145 (US) THEY SAID IT COULD'T BE DONE, BUT WE DID IT! - Teaser / Our Love / Could It Be / Rich Man, Poor Man (Peace) / They Said It Couldn't Be Done (But We Did It) / Waiting For You / Get On Down / Betcha Never Been Loved (Like This Before)
1977 LP 12" DJM DJD28032 (UK) CORNERED - Tell The World / I Can't Help Myself / Zing Zing Zing / Dreams Of Contentment / She's Just An Angel / Oh What A Nite / Now I Pray / Jo Jo / I Wanna Go Home / Moving On / Why Do You Have To Go / A Distant Love / Pains In My Heart / Time Makes You Change / Baby Open Up Your Heart / Someone To Call Me Darling / Dry Your Eyes / My Best Girl / Wedding Day / Swingin' Teens / Don't Tell Nobody / Wait Till Tomorrow / Everyday I Have The Blues / Stay In My Corner / Let's Do It Over / Hey Sugar (Don't Get Serious) / Poor Little Boy / Looks Like It's Over
1978 LP 12" MERCURY SRM-1-3711 (US) LOVE CONNECTION - Private Property / God Helps Those (Who Help Themselves) / I'm In Love (I Can't Explain What I Feel) / Don't Trick Me, Treat Me / How Can One Man Be So Lucky / Should I Or Should I Not / Love Connection / Wasted Tears
1978 LP 12" ABC AA 1100 (US) NEW BEGINNINGS - Super Woman / Drowning For Your Love / I Wanna Testify / All Your Goodies Are Gone / My Life Is So Wonderful (When You're Around) / Call Me (Right By Your Side I'll Be) / Cherish/Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled And Fell
1978 LP 12" OVERSEAS ULS-6030-V (JAP)

OH, WHAT A NITE - Oh What A Nite / Time Makes You Change / Dry Your Eyes / Baby Open Up Your Heart / Moving On / Zing Zing Zing / Why Do You Have To Go / Jo Jo / Pain In My Heart / I Wanna Go Home / Dreams Of Contentment / Dance, Dance, Dance

1979 LP 12" ABC AA 1113 (US) FACE TO FACE - Face To Face / Hooked On Loving You / Thought I Could / (You Bring Out) The Best In Me / Changed Man / Love Me / Plastic People / Wrapped Up Tight
1980 LP 12" 20TH CENTURY FOX T-618 (US) I TOUCHED A DREAM - So You Are Love / All About The Paper / Passionate Breezes / I Touched A Dream / Just A Little Love / Look At Us Now / Your Song
1981 LP 12" 20TH CENTURY FOX T-633 (US) WHATEVER TURNS YOU ON - Happy Song / It Took A Woman Like You (To Make A Man Out Of Me) / Whatever Turns You On / How Can We Find The Love We Lost When We Don't Know How It Got Away / When We Don't Know How It Got Away / Ain't It A Shame / Heaven's Just A Step Away / Is It It? / Stay in My Corner
1982 LP 12" SUGAR HILL / CHESS CH-8400 (US) THE DELLS - There Is / Oh What A Night (1969 version) / Love Is Blue - I Can Sing A Rainbow / Always Together / Stay In My Corner / Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday / The Love We Had Stays On My Mind / I Wish It Was Me You Loved / My Pretending Days Are Over / Open Up My Heart / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation
1983 LP 12" CHARLY CRB 1055 (UK) FROM STREETCORNER TO SOUL - She's Just An Angel / Now I Pray / Why Do You Have To Go? / You're Still In My Heart / Q-Bop She-Bop / My Best Girl / I'm Calling / Rain / Don't Tell Nobody / Hold On To What You Got / Wait Till Tomorrow / Stay In My Corner / Let's Do It Over / Hey Sugar (Don't Get Serious) / Poor Little Bov / It Looks Like It's Over
08/1983 LP 12" CHARLY CRB 1056 (UK) ROCKIN' ON BANDSTAND - Jo-Jo / Zing Zing / I Can't Help Myself / Dance Dance Dance / Baby Do / Time Makes You Change / Wedding Day / Oh What A Nite / Come On Baby / At The Bandstand / Cherry Bea / Swinging Teens / Baby Open Up Your Heart / Restless Days Sleepless Nights / I Can't Dream / I Wanna Go Home
1984 LP 12" PRIVATE I BFZ 39309 (US) ONE STEP CLOSER - One Step Closer / Love On / You Just Can't Walk Away / Come On Back To Me / Holdin' On / Don't Want Nobody / I Am Your Man / Jody
1984 LP 12" CHESS 91515 (US) THE DELLS VS. THE DRAMATICS - Love Is Missing From Our Lives (DELLS) / I'm In Love (DELLS) / Choosing Up On You (DRAMATICS) / Strung Out Over You (DELLS) / Playin' The Love Game (DELLS) / Door To Your Heart (DRAMATICS) / Don't Make Me No Promises (DRAMATICS) / Tune Up (DRAMATICS)  /I Wish It Was Me You Loved (DELLS)
1988 LP 12" VETERAN VR-1988 (US) THE SECOND TIME - Can We Skip That Part? / No Win Situation / Hott / Thought Of You Just A Little Too Much / Sweetness / That's How Heartaches Are Made / You Can Depend On Me / My Lady, So Perfect For Me
1991 LP 12" URGENT URG-4108 (US) THE SECOND TIME - Can We Skip That Part / You Can Depend On Me / My Lady, So Perfect For Me / No Win Situation / Hott / That's How Heartaches Are Made / Thought Of You Just A Little Too Much / Sweetness
03/1992 CD MCA 9333 (US) ON THEIR CORNER - THE BEST OF THE DELLS - Oh, What A Night / Wear It On Our Face / Love Is So Simple / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / O-O I Love You / There Is / Nadine / Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Run For Cover / Stay In My Corner / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Always Together / Open Up My Heart / I Miss You / Since I Found You / My Pretending Days Are Over / Learning To Love You Was Easy / I Wish It Was Me You Loved
06/1992 CD ZOO 11023-2 (US) I SALUTE YOU - 40TH ANNIVERSARY - I Salute You / Oh My Love / Listen Up Young Brothers / I Can't Help Myself / Babylon's Rising / Closer To You / Come and Get It / I'm Only A Man / Baby Don't Go Away Mad / Somebody's Gotta Move
11/1993 CD VEE JAY 701 (US) DREAMS OF CONTENTMENT - Zing Zing Zing / Dreams Of Contentment / She's Just An Angel / Oh, What A Night / Now I Pray / Jo Jo / Baby Do / I Wanna Go Home / Why Do You Have To Go? / Pain In My Heart / Cu Bop Che Bop / Baby Open Up Your Heart / Someone To Call Me Darling / Dry Your Eyes / My Best Girl / Jeepers Creepers / Restless Days / Rain / Wedding Day / Oh, What A Night / Lil' Darlin' / It's Not For Me To Say / Stay In My Corner / It's Not Unusual
01/1994 CD VEE JAY 720 (US) [scheduled to be released in January, 1994, but cancelled] THE DELLS - VOL. 2 - YOU GOTTA HAVE SOUL - Movin' On / A Distant Love / Shy Girl / Let's Do It Over / What's The Use/Swingin' Teens / ..
03/1994 CD UNIVERSAL AAMCAD20639 (US) THE DELLS FEATURING OH, WHAT A NIGHT - (You Bring Out) The Best In Me / Changed Man / Face To Face / Hooked On Loving You / Oh, What A Night / Pain In My Heart / Please Don't Change Me Now / Wrapped Up Tight / Super Woman / Choosing Up On You
06/1995 CD MERCURY 528 092-2 (US) PASSIONATE BREEZES - THE BEST OF THE DELLS 1975-1991 - Heart Is A House For Love / I Touched A Dream / Whatever Turns You On / Betcha Never Been Loved (Like This Before) / Slow Motion / Stay In My Corner / All About The Paper / God Helps Those (Who Help Themselves) / Passionate Breezes / You Don't Care / Wasted Tears / Could It Be / Private Property / We Got To Get Our Thing Together / All Your Goodies Are Gone
02/1996 CD CHESS 9360 (US) BRING BACK THE LOVE - CLASSIC DELLS SOUL - Glory Of Love / Oh What A Day / I Can't Do Enough / Darling Dear / Strung Out Over You / Little Understanding / Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday / If You Move, I'll Fall / Does Anybody Know I'm Here? / If You Really Love Your Girl (Show Her) / Be For Real With Me / Long Lonely Nights / I'm Not Afraid Of Tomorrow / Sweeter As The Days Go By
02/1997 CD UNIVERSAL AAMCAD20972 (US) THE DELLS VS. THE DRAMATICS - I'm In Love (The DELLS feat. The DRAMATICS) / Choosing Up On You (The DRAMATICS) / Love Is Missing From Our Lives (The DELLS feat. The DRAMATICS) / Door To Your Heart (The DRAMATICS) / Strung Out Over You (The DRAMATICS) / Playin' The Love Game (The DELLS) / Don't Make Me No Promises (The DRAMATICS) / I Wish It Was Me You Loved (The DELLS) / Tune Up (The DRAMATICS) / Stay In My Corner (The DELLS)
1997 CD CHESS MCD 09333 (US)

ON THEIR CORNER - THE BEST OF THE DELLS - Oh What A Night / Wear It On Our Face / Love Is So Simple / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / O-O I Love You / There Is / Nadine / The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Run For Cover / Stay In My Corner / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Always Together / Open Up My Heart / I Miss You / Since I Found You / My Pretending Days Are Over / Learning To Love You Was Easy / I Wish It Was Me You Loved

01/1998 CD CHESS 9395 (US) OH WHAT A NIGHT ! - THE GREAT BALLADS - Oh, What A Night / Close Your Eyes / Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Soul Strollin' / Always Together / O-O I Love You / My Pretending Days Are Over / I Miss You / Does Anybody Know I'm Here? / I Can't Do Enough / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Love Is So Simple / Open Up My Heart [long version] / Since I Fell For You / Stay In My Corner
03/1998 CD SOUTHBOUND 118 (US) I TOUCHED A DREAM / WHATEVER TURNS ON YOU - So You Are Love / All About The Paper / Passionate Breezes / I Touched A Dream / Just A Little Dream / Look At Us Now / Your Song / Happy Song / It Took A Woman Like You (To Make A Man Out Of Me) / Whatever Turns You On / How Can We Find The Love We Lost When We Don't Know How It Got Away / Ain't It A Shame / (Everytime I Hold You) Heaven's Just A Step Away / Is It It? / Stay In My Corner
09/1999 2 CD HIP-O 545106 (US) ANTHOLOGY :
CD 1 : Darling I Know (The EL-RAYS) / Dreams Of Contentment / Oh, What A Night (Vee-Jay version) / Pain In My Heart / (Bossa Nova) The Bird / Stay In My Corner (Vee-Jay version) / Stay In My Corner (Vee-Jay version) / O-O I Love You / There Is / Wear It On Our Face / Love Is So Simple / Stay In My Corner (Cadet version) / Always Together / Does Anybody Know I'm Here? / I Can't Do Enough / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Oh, What A Night (Cadet version) / Open Up My Heart / Long Lonely Nights / Oh What A Day / Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Glory Of Love
CD 2 : Stay In My Corner (Chi-Sound version) / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / My Pretending Days Are Over / I Miss You / I Wish It Was Me You Loved / Learning To Love You Was Easy / We Got To Get Our Thing Together / Slow Motion / Our Love / Betcha Never Been Loved (Like This Before) / Private Property / Super Woman / I Touched A Dream / Passionate Breezes / Stay In My Corner / Heart Is A House For Love
05/2000 CD VOLT 3418 (US) REMINISCING - Dells Welcome - The Love We Had / Say That You'll Stay / You Were My 911 / Reminiscing / Here 4 U / Corner Cafe / The Whole Truth / Where Do We Go From Here / Baby Come Back / I Need You
08/2000 CD MCA 088 112 358-2 (US) THE BEST OF DELLS - THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION - Stay In My Corner / Always Together / There Is / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Oh, What A Night / Oh What A Day / Open Up My Heart / Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / I Miss You / My Pretending Days Are Over / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation
10/2000 CD COLLECTABLES 7246 (US) THE VERY BEST OF THE DELLS - OH WHAT A NIGHT - Oh, What A Night / Dry Your Eyes / Baby Open Up Your Heart / Tell The World / Zing Zing Zing / My Best Girl / I'm Calling / Dance Dance Dance / Now I Pray / Time Makes You Change / Wedding Day / Dreams Of Contentment / Jo Jo / I Can't Help Myself / She's Just An Angel / Q Bop She Bop / Restless Days / I Wanna Go Home / Pain In My Heart / Movin' On / My Dream / Distant Love / Why Do You Have To Go? / It's Not Unusual / Stay In My Corner
08/2001 CD POLYGRAM INT'L 544496 (UK) THE BEST OF THE DELLS - I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / O-O I Love You / There Is / On The Dock Of The Bay / Glory Of Love / Wear It On Your Face / Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Whiter Shade Of Pale / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / I Touched A Dream / Oh, What A Night / Power Of Love / We Got To Get Out Thing Together / Nadine / Open Up Your Heart / My Pretending Days Are Over / Please Don't Change Me Now / Stay In My Corner
09/2001 CD CONNOISSEUR VSOP CD 344 (UK)

NEW BEGINNINGS / FACE TO FACE - New Beginning : Super Woman / Drowning For Your Love / I Wanna Testify / All Your Goodies Are Gone / My Life Is So Wonderful (When You're Around) / Call Me (Right By Your Side I'll Be) / Cherish / Tripped, Slipped, Stumbled And Fell / Face To Face : Face To Face / Hooked On Loving You / Thought I Could / (You Bring Out) The Best In Me / Changed Man / Love Me / Plastic People / Wrapped Up Tight

04/2002 CD DEVINE 1001 (US) OPEN UP MY HEART - THE 9/11 SUITE - The DELLS & FRIENDS - Open Up My Heart / Where Do We Go / Open Up My Heart / Does Anybody Know I'm Here / Open Up My Heart / Star Spangled Banner / Open Up My Heart / Killer K
10/2002 CD DEVINE 2001 (US) OPEN UP MY HEART - THE 9/11 ALBUM - Open Up My Heart [edit] / I'm Only A Man / Listen Up / Where Do We Go / Freedom Means / Does Anybody Know I'm Here / Babylon's Rising / Instrumental Reprise / Star-Spangled Banner / Open Up My Heart-La Long
11/2003 CD A & E 3310 (US) HOTT - Can We Skip That Part? / No Win Situation / Hott / Thought Of You Just A Little Too Much / Sweetness / That's How Headaches Are Made / You Can Depend On Me / My Lady, So Perfect for Me
03/2004 CD HIP-O / CHESS 000209702 (US) ULTIMATE COLLECTION - Stay In My Corner / There Is / O-O I Love You / Always Together / Oh, What A Night / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Oh, What A Day / Open Up My Heart / Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / Give Your Baby A Standing / Ovation / My Pretending Days Are Over / I Miss You / Learning To Love You Was Easy / We Got To Get Our Thing Together / Our Love / Super Woman / I Touched A Dream / Heart Is A House For Love
05/2006 CD CHARLY / SNAPPER  SNAP 266 CD (UK)

IT'S NOT UNUSUAL - THE VERY BEST OF THE VEE JAY YEARS 1955 - 1965 - Tell The World / Dreams Of Contentment / Zing, Zing, Zing / Oh, What A Night / Jo-Jo / I Wanna Go Home / Restless Days (Sleepless Nights) / Pain In My Heart / Time Makes You Change / At The Bandstand (The Springer) / Movin' On / Wait Till Tomorrow / Baby, Open Up Your Heart / Dry Your Eyes / I Can't Help Myself / Don't Tell Nobody / Hold On To What You've Got / Let's Do It Over / Hey Sugar (Don't Get Serious) / Poor Little Boy / It Looks Like It's Over / Stay In My Corner / It's Not Unusual / I Got A Woman / Lil' Darlin' / Witchcraft / Ev'ry Day I Have The Blues

06/2007 2 CD UNIVERSAL 9849280 (UK) STANDING OVATION - THE VERY BEST OF 1966-1981 :
CD 1 : Run For Cover / Thinkin' About You / There Is / When I'm In Your Arms / (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher And Higher / Make Sure (You Have Someone Who Loves You) / Believe Me / Wear It On Your Face / Stay In My Corner / Does Anybody Know I'm Here? / Always Together / Oh, What A Night / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / A Whiter Shade Of Pale / One Less Bell To Answer / It's All Up To You / The Love We Had (Stays On My Mind) / I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself / Just As Long As We're In Love / Give Your Baby A Standing Ovation / Closer
CD 2 : I Miss You  / Learning To Love You Was Easy / Strung Out Over You / Bring Back The Love Of Yesterday / We Got To Get Our Thing Together / I'll Be Waiting There For You / Thank God You're My Lady / No Way Back / Slow Motion / Our Love / Could It Be / Private Property / Don't Trick Me, Treat Me / (You Bring Out) The Best In Me / Your Song / I Touched A Dream / All About The Paper (12" version) / Whatever Turns You On
09/2007 CD SHOUT! FACTORY 8266631064 (US) THE BEST OF THE VEE-JAY YEARS - Tell The World / Dreams Of Contentment / Zing Zing Zing / Oh What A Nite / Jo-Jo / Movin' On / I Wanna Go Home / Why Do You Have To Go? / Pain In My Heart / Time Makes You Change / Jeepers Creepers / My Best Girl / Dry Your Eyes / Baby Open Up Your Heart / Lil' Darlin' / Stay In My Corner / It's Not Unusual
11/2007 CD SHOUT SHOUT 38 (US)

ALWAYS TOGETHER - THE GREAT CHESS BALLADS - O-O I Love You / The Change You Go Through / Please Don't Change Me Now / Love Is So Simple / Close Your Eyes / Always Together / Does Anybody Know I'm Here? / I Can't Do Enough / I Can Sing A Rainbow - Love Is Blue / Oh, What A Night / Open Up My Heart / A Little Understanding / Long Lonely Nights / Glory Of Love / Since I Fell For You / Soul Strollin' / You Changed My Life Around / Since I Found You / My Pretending Days Are Over / If You Move I'll Fall / I Wish It Was Me You Loved

05/2008 CD DELLS / WAY ? (US) THEN AND NOW - Don't Tell Her About Me / Skip That Part / Free To Be Free/ Where Do We Go From Here / Baby Come Back / Reminiscing / I Need You / Can't Wait / When Will We
02/2012 2 CD JASMINE JASCD 186 (UK)

TIME MAKES YOU CHANGE - 1954-1961

06/2012 CD SOUL MUSIC SMCR 5056 (UK) ONE STEP CLOSER - One Step Closer / Love On / You Just Can't Walk Away / Come On Back To Me / Holdin' On / Don't Want Nobody / I Am Your Man / Jody / Bonus Tracks : You Just Can't Walk Away (US single edit) / One Step Closer (US single edit) / One Step Closer (US remix club version)

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