|Genres:||Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul rhythm and blues new orleans oldies rnb|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s|
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 Smiths boogie-woogie stylings, recorded a succession of infectious rock n roll hits, notably Rockin Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu and Dont You Just Know It. Marchan left the Clowns in 1960 after leaping onto the...