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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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Published in Las Vegas Review-Journal on May 16, 2019.
MEMORIES & CONDOLENCES
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May 16, 2020
You will be missed
Lytese Hartzog
March 31, 2020
Thank you for the great music that will never perish!!! It was an honor caring for you and listening to your fascinating stories and adventures. I still have the CDs you made and gave me. RIP FOREVER!!!
LaTonya Mose
Acquaintance
November 28, 2019
Many thanks to him for his beautiful voice and music. May God comfort you during this difficult time.
June 4, 2019
Loved your music. Thanks for the memories and your talent you shared. I will miss you.
Gail Buckner Luna
Friend
May 31, 2019
Mr. Barksdale was a soulful singer who will be missed. May the peace of God be with his loved ones.
May 29, 2019
miss you. one great bass singer. Always Together
lois weiss
May 29, 2019
My sincere condolences to the family. May you find comfort in God who hears your prayers and sees your tears.Isaiah 38:5
May 27, 2019
This person and the group brought something to the music scrnr that will never be forgotten, still listening to their music and enjoying it , especially; to see if i could help a friend, such a rich bass voice obviosly from a, great spirit also, may he rest in eternal piece in gods kingdom.
May 27, 2019
My condolences to the family. May God provide you all with comfort and hope 2 Cor.1:3-7, 1 Cor 15:26
May 27, 2019
My condolences to the Barksdale Family and friends for the loss of CHARLES. His music was still on top when I was a teen in the '60, my kids grooved with it listening to it in the '80s and it still hangs in strong. May you continue to be blessed with his memory and legacy and your hearts be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times you shared together; and may the hope that God's word gives us for those we lost in death be comforting, faith building and encouraging to you (John 6:40) ~ Linda, Queens, NY
May 26, 2019
Altho, I wasn't born in the "Dells" generation, but I grew up with my mom & family who loved listening to the one and only "Dells". I know most of their music, and sad to hear Mr. Barksdale is no longer with us. I pray the family be comforted during this time and know that God is the true source of comfort and strength you need.
May 25, 2019
Shay Baptiste
May 24, 2019
One of my favorite songs is,"Oh What A Night" by the Dells. At Charle's resurrection there will no longer be a night. The Son will shine forever and ever. Charles voice is part of my diary of life in my record collection. May God of heaven place His arms around the family and friends of Charles Barksdale.
Lee Fortner
May 24, 2019
Lee Fortner
May 23, 2019
I can't express this enough that OLD SCHOOL MUSIC is the best music. The DELLS was one of those classic DOO-WOP groups. Being a teenager in the 70s going to house parties and being at the roller skating rink, that's all they played was the DELLS, everybody looking for a partner to slow dance or skate with (memories). So many wonderful No. 1 hits and they had the voices and could perform live in concert. Listening to soul music on the black radio station helped introduce the black solo artists and male doo-wop groups. THANKS FOR THE GREATEST MUSIC EVER!!!...MUCH LOVE❤❤
Valenda Newell
May 23, 2019
May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Barksdale family and friends at this difficult time.
CF
May 23, 2019
I loved the music and the movie. What a talented man. So sorry for your loss. May the comfort and tender mercies that the God of the bible give sustain you in these times.
May 22, 2019
Thanks for all of your music genius. Those songs of the 50s were some of the best Ive ever heard. May God comfort you and restore peace to you during this difficult time of sorrow now and always.
May 22, 2019
My condolences to the Barksdale family. May you find comfort in each other at this sad time. Remember the wonderful times that you all enjoyed together. And may the God of comfort grant you peace.
T Brown
May 22, 2019
Extending my prayers and condolences to thoses in mourning


Artis.AC Hudson Sr & Family
May 22, 2019
I am also a Chicago native and a long time fan of the Dells. I grew up in the southside of Chicago listening to their hits and other artists from that era when music was truly easy listening and fun to dance to. May his family seek comfort in knowing that Charles will return to the days of his youth as promised at Job 33:25.
Anonymous
May 22, 2019
My condolences to the family maynGod prayers be with you during your grief.
May 21, 2019
Benny Barksdale, Jr.
Friend
May 21, 2019
Peace be with you now. No more pain. Love your little sis.
Vicki White Phila Pa.
Vicki white
Friend
May 21, 2019
GOD bless you always my FRIEND...
Paul S cola Family
May 21, 2019
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Charles Barksdale. May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times that you shared together. May our loving heavenly Father provide you with the comfort and support you need during this difficult time (Psalm 145:18 & 19).
Jolene
May 21, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Barksdale. May the Almighty be with those affected.
May 21, 2019
R.I.P Charles
wmc
May 20, 2019
Deepest condolences
marshall Baker
Friend
May 20, 2019
Laurie Justice
May 20, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. Heartfelt condolences are with the family. May our heavenly Father supply you with endurance and courage each day as needed. Colossians1:11. May the wonderful memories you shared bring you much comfort. Deepest sympathy!
Lmb
May 20, 2019
one of my favorite doo wop songs
Sandra Jankoski
May 20, 2019
RIP Mr. Barksdale. I sure hope you are now singing with the angels. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gift of song with the world.
Hope
May 20, 2019
My sincere condolences o the family and friends of Mr. Charles Barksdale. I to grew up with there music. Our Heavenly Father hears your cries and he deeply feels your pain. He is the God of all comfort and will always be there to bring us the peace and comfort to get us through the day.
M.S
May 20, 2019
Heaven gained a singing angel
brenda alford
May 20, 2019
I loved the Dells and I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charles. May all of you, his family and friends remember that our loving and comforting heavenly Father will comfort all of you in your time of sorrow.
Patricia
May 20, 2019
A great voice. Deepest condolences to family and friends. Saddened to hear of the death of Mr. Barksdale. May loving memories and prayers be a source of comfort.
Mary
May 20, 2019
The pleasure was all mine. Rest in peace
Simone
May 19, 2019
I always loved your wonderful voice.
Rosemarie Mack
Friend
May 19, 2019
So sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you gain comfort from the words of Psalm 51:17 during this difficult time in your lives.
Pamela Williams
May 19, 2019
We grew up listening to the Dells with my parents, hearing their music brings back good memories. Deepest condolences to the friends and family of Mr. Barksdale. May God bring you all a measure of comfort in the days to come.
S P
May 19, 2019
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Alishia
May 19, 2019
Will miss him! R.I.P!
Sanai O'Bannon-El
Friend
May 19, 2019
Sanai O'Bannon-El
Friend
May 19, 2019
My Condolences To all his Family & Friends.
Bryan Wilkins
Friend
May 18, 2019
There will never be another voice like Chucks .Condolences to the family. I was a young girl growing up in Newport News Virginia when heard Oh What A Night and I fell in love with the group and that voice It is great that the group never left Illinois
Nia Odeoti-Hassan
May 18, 2019
Condolences and prayers to the Barksdale Family and friends during this most difficult time. May you find comfort and peace.
Karen Davis
May 18, 2019
There has never been a better group than the Dell's, and Chucks bass just made them greater. A longime Philadelphia fan.
Linda Johnson
May 18, 2019
My Condolences. May God Bless your Family and friends. Rest in Peace Charles Barksdale.
I start my day with the Dells greatest everyday and will continue. Never forgot the music.
Powerful. The songs play in my head all day long. Love how they lifted their Queens. I've been in love with the Dells music for 50 years.

Sandhi from the Lou.
May 18, 2019
Jim Brown from Chesapeake Virginia send my sincere sympathy.
Jim Brown
Friend
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