1957 Dell-Vikings – Whispering Bells
A group of members of the US Air Force who were based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, formed a singing group they called the Del-Vikings in 1955. A few members came and went, but the group began recording songs for Fee Bee Records, a small local label. Dot Records issued a re-release of Come Go With Me in January 1957 with national distribution. The single reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart a few months later.
Most of the members of the De-Vikings were under 21, and they cancelled their contracts with Fee Bee Records in hopes of recording hits for Mercury Records.
The remaining members of the group (including Chuck Jackson) began performing as the Dell-Vikings and recorded Whispering Bells. The single followed their first hit onto the charts, peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the R&B chart.
Mercury Records then sued the group, claiming that their act had rights to the name “Del-Vikings” no matter how the record labels spelled the band’s name.
The Dell-Vikings disbanded by the end of 1957. Chuck went on to have a successful solo career, and some of the remaining members of both groups recombined and signed with ABC Records.
None of recordings the group created after 1957 reached the charts, but the group continues performing on the Oldies Circuit.
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