THE DELLS singer JOHN E. CARTER has died at the age of 75.
The doo-wop star, famed for his falsetto voice, passed away in Illinois on Friday (21Aug09) after losing his battle with lung cancer.
Carter first rose to fame with The Flamingos before leaving in 1960 to sing with R&B group The Dells, who were best known for their hit Oh What A Night.
The band toured with Dinah Washington and Ray Charles in their heyday, and later worked with famed producer Quincy Jones.
The Dells were recruited to work as advisers for 1991's The Five Heartbeats, a movie based on their career.
Carter, who was the last surviving member of The Flamingos, remains one of the few artists inducted into the U.S. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with two acts.
He is survived by five daughters and several grandchildren.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.