Bobby Marchan

Genres: Pop / Rock R&B / Soul
Tags: soul rhythm and blues new orleans oldies rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1960s 1980s 1990s
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30 April 1930, Youngstown, Ohio, USA, d. 5 December 1999, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Marchan was a New Orleans entertainer who had moderate success both as a rock ‘n’ roller and soul singer. His long-time career as a female impersonator reflected a time-honoured tradition in black entertainment, originating in medicine shows. He began performing in Ohio as a comic drag singer, and in 1954 made his way to New Orleans as a member of a drag-queen troupe called the Powder Box Revue. Also in that year, he made his first records for California-based Aladdin Records. In 1957, he joined Huey ‘Piano’ Smith and the Clowns as lead vocalist and, with his distinctive vocals and pianist Smith’s boogie-woogie stylings, recorded a succession of infectious rock ‘n’ roll hits, notably ‘Rockin’ Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu’ and ‘Don’t You Just Know It’. Marchan left the Clowns in 1960 after leaping onto the...

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