Marvin Junior, the Dells lead singer, dies

Marvin Junior, who as lead singer for the Dells was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, has died at 77.

The Dells lead singer Marvin Junior has died at 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 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. 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 band mate and fellow founding member Chuck Barksdale is gravely ill. Former band member Johnny Funches died of pneumonia in 1998, and John E. Carter, who replaced him in the lineup, died of cancer in 2009.

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