Condolence & Memory Journal

Loved your music. Thanks for the memories and your talent you shared. I will miss you.

Posted by Gail Buckner Luna - Oklahoma City, OK - friend   June 04, 2019

Mr. Barksdale was a soulful singer who will be missed. May the peace of God be with his loved ones.

Posted by - MD   May 31, 2019

miss you. one great bass singer. Always Together

Posted by lois weiss - los angeles, CA   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

Posted by A friend   May 29, 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.

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by A friend   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

Posted by A friend   May 27, 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.

Posted by A friend   May 26, 2019

Posted by Shay Baptiste - FL   May 25, 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.

Posted by Lee Fortner - Stockton, CA   May 24, 2019

Posted by Lee Fortner - Stockton, CA   May 24, 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❤❤

Posted by Valenda Newell - Indianapolis, IN   May 23, 2019

May the God of all peace bring comfort to the Barksdale family and friends at this difficult time.

Posted by 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.

Posted by A friend   May 23, 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.

Posted by A friend   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.

Posted by T Brown    May 22, 2019


Extending my prayers and condolences to thoses in mourning

Artis.AC Hudson Sr & Family

Posted by - Macon, GA   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.

Posted by Anonymous    May 22, 2019


My condolences to the family maynGod prayers be with you during your grief.

Posted by A friend   May 22, 2019

Posted by Benny Barksdale, Jr. - Hamilton, NJ - friend   May 21, 2019

Peace be with you now. No more pain. Love your little sis.
Vicki White Phila Pa.

Posted by Vicki white - phila, PA - friend   May 21, 2019


GOD bless you always my FRIEND...

Posted by Paul S cola Family - Vallejo, CA   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).

Posted by Jolene - Chicago, IL   May 21, 2019

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Charles Barksdale. May the Almighty be with those affected.

Posted by A friend   May 21, 2019


R.I.P Charles

Posted by wmc - IL   May 21, 2019

Deepest condolences

Posted by marshall Baker - Richton park, IL - friend   May 20, 2019

Posted by Laurie Justice - Chicago   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!

Posted by Lmb    May 20, 2019

one of my favorite doo wop songs

Posted by Sandra Jankoski - Charlotte, NC   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.

Posted by Hope - Hammond, IN   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.

Posted by M.S - MI   May 20, 2019

Heaven gained a singing angel

Posted by brenda alford - Chicago, IL   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.

Posted by Patricia - GA   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.

Posted by Mary    May 20, 2019

The pleasure was all mine. Rest in peace

Posted by Simone    May 20, 2019

I always loved your wonderful voice.

Posted by Rosemarie Mack - Philadelphia, PA - 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.

Posted by Pamela Williams - Baton Rouge, LA   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.

Posted by S P - Philadelphia, PA   May 19, 2019


May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Alishia - SC   May 19, 2019

Will miss him! R.I.P!

Posted by Sanai O'Bannon-El - Harvey, IL - friend   May 19, 2019

Posted by Sanai O'Bannon-El - Harvey, IL - friend   May 19, 2019

My Condolences To all his Family & Friends.

Posted by Bryan Wilkins - Chicago, IL - friend   May 19, 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

Posted by Nia Odeoti-Hassan - Soringfield, IL   May 18, 2019


Condolences and prayers to the Barksdale Family and friends during this most difficult time. May you find comfort and peace.

Posted by Karen Davis - Cincinnati, OH   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.

Posted by Linda Johnson - Philadelphia, PA   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.

Posted by A friend   May 18, 2019

Jim Brown from Chesapeake Virginia send my sincere sympathy.

Posted by Jim Brown - Chesapeake, VA - friend   May 18, 2019


Posted by PEARL    May 18, 2019

The goat the best all time rest in peace my brother.

Posted by George Reed - LAS VEGAS, NV   May 18, 2019

My condolences to the family and friends,fan of Charles Barksdale for your loss,who don't no the song"Oh ,What a night as kid's we try singing that song, good memories, may God be with you all.

Posted by Rose.    May 18, 2019

The "Five Heartbeats" was my real introduction to the Dells. I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Barksdale's death. May Jehovah comfort his family, friends and many fans during this difficult time.

Posted by Valerie Valentine - Conyers, GA   May 18, 2019

My heart keeps beating ...R.I.H

Posted by Maureen Butler - Los Angeles, CA - friend   May 18, 2019

I want to send my condolences the family and friends of Mr. Charles Barksdale. I Love The Dells, great music great songs. I love the movie The Heartbeats. RIP Mr. Charles Barksdale.

Posted by J M - Akron, OH   May 18, 2019

The Dells was one of the best, those boys had a style that was out of site.

Posted by Roderick Baldwin - Palm Desert, CA - friend   May 18, 2019

My sincere condolences to the Barksdale family and friends for your loss. As you endure this difficult time of sorrow, please turn to the Most High God for comfort and know that He is there for you as his word assures us at Jeremiah 29:11, 12.

Posted by A friend   May 18, 2019

Sincere condolences to the family. The Dells music will forever live on!

Rhonda, MD

Posted by A friend   May 18, 2019

Grew up in the fifties, listening to the Dells great era for music. My heartfelt condolences to the family. Rest in peace Mr. Barksdale gone but never forgotten. Your music will live on.

Posted by Denita Browner - Washington, DC   May 18, 2019

To the Barksdale Family. I cannot express the sadness I feel for the loss of your Loved One. I will always remember Chuck for the great, professional and talented musician he was. We each have an

expiration date. The issue is we do not always know when this date will take place. Chuck was a big part of my/our lives, the Williams Family. He was instrumental in developing the skills and talent of my late brother David Williams, which allowed him to expand his career goals as one of the greatest guitarist in the industry. R.I.P. Chuck. Your legacy will live on forever. To the family, stay strong in Faith. God Bless...
Delores Major and the Williams family. Hampton, VA

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2019

God bless Chuck Barksdale, member of the legendary group The Dells.
Thank you for some of the most romantic music ever.
The notes would never have sounded so sweet without all that bass.
Rest In Peace ...and may flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.

Posted by Janine Judge Director of Blues Heaven at Chess - Chicago, IL - acquaintance   May 17, 2019

Rest In Peace Mr. Charles Barksdale. Thank you for your sweet music. Our sincerest condolences to family and friends.

Posted by Willie Dixons Blues Heaven Foundation At the historic Chess Records - Chicago, IL - acquaintance   May 17, 2019

To the GREATEST singing groups that ever lived. Mr. Barksdale you can now go on and sing with Marvin Junior and Johnny Carter again . R.I.P Bass

Posted by Xavier McCaskey - Columbus, GA   May 17, 2019

To the loving family and the many friends, thank you for allowing us to share, my sincere condolences are with you family. I remember as a youngster in Joliet, we would mimic your group in our little community on Patterson Rd., as did the kids behind the YMCA on the South end. Because of you we all wanted to fly as high as we could, like all the other young folks you've touched around the world. We looked at you as one of us and wanted to be like you. Thanks for the example you have set Mr. Barksdale, may we (friends and Family) continue to hold our memories close, Rest in peace Sir.

Posted by Russ Landery - Los Angeles, CA   May 17, 2019

Sincerest condolences to the family of Mr. Barksdale, sorry for this tragic loss of your dear loved one.

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2019

May 17, 2019
To the family and friends of Charles Barksdale,
My sincere condolences goes out to you. May God continue to comfort you everyday in the time of your sorrow.

Posted by Cheryl Auflick - MYRTLE BEACH, SC   May 17, 2019

This brought back so many memories of my teenage year's. May God bless you and keep you safe in his arms.

Posted by Del Albany - Hendersonville, NC   May 17, 2019

Rest in heaven Chuck. We are left with a legacy of songs from The Dells (Pride & Joy of Harvey Illinois). You will be truly missed.

Posted by Barbara Patterson - Harvey, IL   May 17, 2019

One of my favorite groups. May you RIP and know your songs will live on forever.

Posted by Maria Trapasso - San Diego, CA   May 17, 2019


My first, Robert and I loved The Dells and we spent many a romantic night listening to them. Instead of an engagement ring, my Love, who was drafted for Vietnam, gave me all The Dells albums!! A few weeks ago while on Facebook, I found out my love was happily married and it threw me into a Dell's listening binge. Then today, learning quite by accident, about your passing is so bitter sweet that I cried! R.I.P. Charles and thank You and The Dells for such awesome music!!

Posted by Maria Adams - Las Cruces, NM - friend   May 17, 2019

Doo Wop is simply magic in the form of music. Once you got a taste of it, you carry it inside forever. Then you have a legend like Charles, who takes it to another level, man it can't get any better than that. He is a giant in the music business, but also in life. His passing leaves a huge hole in our hearts, but the memories and the music live on FOREVER! What a great human being. Our lives have been truly blessed by his presence and by his talent. Prayers go out to all of his family , the Dells, and his friends.

Posted by Bobby Wilcox - Greer, SC   May 17, 2019


You will be missed

Posted by GAIL PATY - CHICAGO, IL - acquaintance   May 17, 2019

I am a good fan. My condolences goes out to you and your family . He will be missed" Love him dearly "

Posted by Shirlene Hogan - Cleveland, OH - friend   May 17, 2019

Charles was one of the nicest man you could ever meet. He was A Legend among Legends. He will surely be missed. I give my condolences to his Family, Friends and Loved Ones.

Posted by Maxine McClendon - High Point, NC - friend   May 17, 2019

My prayers go out to The Family of Mr. Charles Barksdale. May the God of comfort strengthen you. Mr. Barksdale and The Dells' songs were great especially "In My Corner" and "Always Together".

Posted by Lee Sanders - Montgomery, AL - friend   May 17, 2019

One of the Greatest groups of all Time , I still play their music. That voice will be missed.

Posted by Avery Walker - Mardela Springs, MD   May 17, 2019

To the family of Charles Barksdale,

I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
May all in the family be comforted by the God of all comfort. And please know that God is thinking thoughts of peace for each of you in your own separate ways.
(Enjoyed his music.)

EJWheeler, Tampa, Florida

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2019


Thank You Sir,For All The Wonderful Music You Gave Us."Oh What A Night & Stay In My Corner" & More.That
Good Old Slow Dance Songs.You've Received Your Golden Wings In Gods Paradise.Fly High & Rip.

Posted by Jamie Martin - Canton, OH   May 17, 2019

Our prayers are with the family at this difficult time. May you feel the concern and comfort of friends, fans and our loving God.

Posted by V.J. Clements    May 17, 2019

The Harmonies, the blending, the voices, so missing in a lot of music today. It took real talent and a love for what you did to make the music of our days. Thank you. RIP

Posted by Larry Conti - Somerville, MA   May 17, 2019

RIP sir. Your music helped get me through some tensed situations growing up and I thank you for that. I still listen to 'Stay In My Corner' every Friday while getting my grove on.

Posted by Annette - Newport News. VA.   May 17, 2019

Condolences to the Family.

Posted by Annette Hunnicutt - Waco, TX   May 17, 2019

Please accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of Mr.Charles Barksdale. The music back then had such wonderful Melodies and meaning. In my opinion the music today cannot compare the beautiful sounds of the fifties and sixties. The music of the Dell's and other great groups will live on forever.

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2019

You are what made singing Great! You will never be forgotten. The singers of today just don't have what you and your group had.

Rest in Peace.

Posted by Pete T - San Antonio, TX   May 17, 2019

"Oh what a night" One of the BEST songs ever. Beautiful voice,beautiful harmonies. The Dells bring back my childhood.
Deepest sympathy to all who loved this man.
A child of the Fifties

Posted by A friend   May 17, 2019

Posted by Joan Beach    May 17, 2019

RIP, I loved the group

Posted by Mae McBride - Ocala, FL   May 16, 2019

Posted by Jerry Pittman - Los Angeles, Ca., CA   May 16, 2019

Love the Dells....R.I.P

Posted by Derrick Washington - Georgetown, SC - friend   May 16, 2019

Spread your wings and continue to soar...can only imagine you face to face with the King of Kings and singing in the Greatest Choir of the all...surrounding your family and other loved ones in prayer...

Posted by Marty Mia - CHicago, IL - acquaintance   May 16, 2019

His voice was legendary. My condolences to the family. I listen to the Dells nearly ever day. They calm me after working as a nurse.

Posted by Billie OVERTON - ZEPHYRHILLS, FL   May 16, 2019

i live in Harvey il, the birth place of the Dells. But before i ever heard of Harvey i loved the Dells and Chuck Barksdale. Oh what a life.

Posted by Nathaniel Williams - Harvey, IL   May 16, 2019

What are truly wonderful down to earth person fantastic voice and who helped entertain so many people from the 1950's till today. Rest well - now you can entertain my family in heaven!

Posted by Kevin Lauffer - Blue Island, IL   May 16, 2019

I organized a singing group when the Dells came out with the songs Oh what a night and There are pains in my heart, we sang at many parties and high school hallways, it was a good place in time, I thank God for the Dells, they will never be forgotten as long as I live. For year's I have been telling young folk about them. Live on my friend/friend's

Posted by Howard Breckenridge - Plano, TX   May 16, 2019

Hey Charles.. I've been listening to that great music of yours since I was in high school in the early 70s Your Bass voice was one of the greatest .Rest in peace Buddy

Posted by FRANK - New York - friend   May 16, 2019

May Charles rest in peace . Doo wop yes.but much more A soul and r n b group that lasted for years on top or near the top . Not many groups can say that . My condolences to the family .a great artist with a super group . God will "stay in his corner "

Posted by Gerald Landry - Norwalk, CT - friend   May 16, 2019

My condolences to you and your family in this time of need

Posted by Mary    May 16, 2019

The family has my sincere condolences. I have loved the music of the Dell's since I was a child. My father was a big lover of music and passed it on to his children. Young people today have nothing on groups and singers of that era

Posted by Elaine - STOCKBRIDGE, GA   May 16, 2019

Dear Famiky, friends and fans of Charles Barksdale
May the God of all comfort you and sustain you like no other. May the prayers of many help a little. In deepest sympathy,

Posted by A friend   May 16, 2019

Forever in your Corner. RIP your music and vocals were the most soulful I have ever heard.

Posted by vannile billingsley - Fresno, CA - acquaintance   May 16, 2019


Posted by Linda Tracy - Cleveland, OH   May 16, 2019


Godspeed Charles, and thank you for one of the anthems of my youth...

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   May 16, 2019


Posted by Ann Stokman - Greenfield, WI   May 16, 2019