|Genres:||Doo Wop Holiday & Seasonal Instrumental Pop / Rock R&B / Soul Vocals|
|Tags:||oldies doo wop 60s rock and roll rock n roll|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
The Marcels was one of several doo-wop-influenced American vocal groups to achieve success in the early 60s, despite the passing of the genres golden age. Cornelius Nini Harp (lead singer), Ronald Bingo Mundy (tenor), Fred Johnson (bass), Gene Bricker (tenor) and Richard Knauss (baritone), all native to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, achieved fame for their distinctive version of Richard Rodgers / Lorenz Harts classic Blue Moon, previously a UK Top 10 hit for Elvis Presley in 1956, which topped both the US and UK charts in 1961. Johnsons distinctive bass introduction to the song has remained one of the most enduring vocal phrases of the time. The quartet scored a further US Top 10 hit that year with Heartaches, but its personnel was unstable, with Allen Johnson (d. 28 September 1995) replacing Knauss, and Walt Maddox replacing Bricker. Mundy walked out on the group during this same period, which did...