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Marcels

This Pittsburgh ensemble deserved a much better fate than being known primarily for a novelty-tinged cover of "Blue Moon." Baritone vocalist Richard F. Knauss teamed with Fred Johnson, Gene J. Bricker, Ron Mundy, and lead vocalist Cornelius Harp to form an integrated ensemble. They named themselves after Harp's hairstyle, the marcel. The group did a string of covers as demo tapes that were sent to Colpix. The label's A&R director had them cut several oldies at RCA's New York studios in 1961, one of them being "Blue Moon." They used the bass intro arrangement from the Cadillacs' "Zoom" and the result was a huge hit. It eventually topped both the pop and R&B charts, and also was an international smash. The group eventually appeared in the film Twist Around the Clock with Dion and Chubby Checker, and recorded an 18-cut LP for Colpix. Alan Johnson and Walt Maddox later replaced Knauss and Gene Bricker, making the Marcels an all-black unit. The group did score another Top Ten pop single with "Heartaches," another cover of a pre-rock single. This peaked at number seven pop and number 19 R&B in 1961. They continued recording on Kyra, Queen Bee, St. Clair, Rocky, and Monogram with varying lineups, but never again equaled their past success. ~ Ron Wynn
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Box Of Rock

Disc 1

1. Wild Thing

2. Black Magic Woman

3. More Than A Feeling

4. Barracuda

5. Black Betty

6. Hot Chilli Woman

7. For Your Love

8. Lazy Sunday

9. Chemistry

11. Never Let Me Go

14. But You Don't Care

15. Wishing Well

Disc 2

1. Bat Out Of Hell

2. Once Bitten Twice Shy

3. She's Not There

4. Hold The Line

5. If You Want My Love

6. Brown Eyed Girl

7. Evil Hearted You

8. Oh Sherrie

9. Summer Of '81

10. Who Can It Be Now?

11. I Feel The Earth Move

13. Spoonful

14. My Old Man's A Groovy Old Man

15. Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar

Disc 3

1. Poison

2. We Will Rock You

3. Little Miss Can't Be Wrong

4. He's Gonna Step On You Again

6. Heart Full Of Soul

7. Little Miss Understood

8. Persuasion

9. Tin Soldier

10. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

11. America

12. Come And Get It

13. She'd Rather Be With Me

14. Dizzy

15. Midnight Special

Disc 4

1. Cult Of Personality

2. Freeway Jam

3. Rock The Night

4. Spinning Wheel

5. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

6. Purple Haze (Live)

7. Itchycoo Park

8. Spill The Wine

9. I'm A Man

10. Dimples

11. Natural Born Bugie

13. The House Of The Rising Sun

15. I Can't Control Myself

Disc 5

2. Be Good Johnny

3. Computer Games

6. Can't Fight This Feeling

7. I'm The Leader Of The Gang (I Am!)

8. And We Danced

9. Fox On The Run

10. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

11. Happy Together

12. Mondo Sexo

14. The Letter

Disc 6

1. Rock N Roll Part 2

2. Hold Your Head Up

3. Working For The Weekend

4. The Bottom Line

5. Take Me Home Tonight

6. The Pushbike Song

8. Time Of The Season

9. The Cry Of Eugene

10. Come Together

11. I'm Your Witchdoctor

12. The Score

13. Freight Loader

14. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place

Disc 7

1. No Lies

2. Chained To The Wheel

4. Rock 'N' Roll Dreams Come Through

5. Love My Way

8. Out Of Time

9. Brandenburger

10. Elenore

11. Cool World

12. 867-5309 / Jenny

13. When I Was Young

Disc 8

1. Leaving Home

2. Drugs

3. Absolutely (Story Of A Girl)

5. Runaway Train

6. Up To Our Necks In It

7. The Warrior

8. Happy Birthday Helen

9. It Ain't Me Babe

10. Man Of The World

11. With A Little Help From My Friends

12. San Franciscan Nights

13. The Back Room

14. With A Girl Like You

15. Summer In The City

Disc 9

1. Wild One

2. Runaway

3. Duke Of Earl

4. Hippy Hippy Shake

5. Poison Ivy

6. Venus In Blue Jeans

7. Surf City

8. The Purple People Eater

10. Rubber Ball

11. Blue Moon

12. Angel Face

13. The Witch Queen Of New Orleans

14. Wipe Out

15. Concrete And Clay

Disc 10

1. Tequila

2. Hooked On A Feeling

3. At The Hop

4. Let's Get Together Again

5. Knock On Wood

6. Little Town Flirt

7. Lucille

8. Son Of My Father

9. Just Walkin' In The Rain

10. Beautiful Sunday

11. Sugar Sugar

12. Jealous Mind

13. Hang On Sloopy

14. Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)

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Track List: Complete Sixties

Disc 1

1. You Got What It Takes

2. Little Boy Lost

3. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport

5. Let's Have A Party

6. Brontosaurus Stomp

7. You're Sixteen

8. You Talk Too Much

9. Perfidia

10. Goodness Gracious Me

12. Rubber Ball

13. Wings Of A Dove

15. Exodus

16. Blue Moon

17. A Scottish Soldier

18. A Hundred Pounds Of Clay

19. Mother-In-Law

20. Dream Girl

Disc 2

1. Time

2. Goodbye Cruel World

3. My Boomerang Won't Come Back

4. Let There Be Drums

5. Peppermint Twist

6. Wanderer

7. Old Rivers

8. I Remember You

9. Locomotion

10. From A Jack To A King

11. Boys

12. Surfside

13. Tell Him

14. Proud Of You

15. Sukiyaki

16. Surf City

17. Danke Schoen

18. Painted, Tainted Rose

19. Not Responsible

20. You'll Never Walk Alone

Disc 3

1. He's My Blonde Headed Stompie Wompie Real Gone Surfer Boy

2. He Walks Like A Man

3. Hippy Hippy Shake

4. Little Children

6. The House Of The Rising Sun

7. Do Wah Diddy Diddy

8. Tobacco Road

10. Come A Little Bit Closer

11. I'll Never Find Another You

12. This Diamond Ring

13. It's Alright

16. Mission Bell

17. The Hucklebuck

18. I Live For The Sun

19. A Lover's Concerto

20. Tears

Disc 4

1. Girls, Girls, Girls

2. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)

4. Tar And Cement

5. Born Free

6. Bus Stop

10. Good Vibrations

11. What Am I Doing Here With You

12. I've Been A Bad, Bad Boy

14. You Made Me What I Am

15. Hi Ho Silver Lining

17. Ode To Billie Joe

18. To Sir With Love

20. Different Drum

Disc 5

2. She Wears My Ring

3. Honey

4. On The Road Again

5. The Weight

6. Kentucky Woman

7. Try To Remember

8. Lily The Pink

9. I'm The Urban Spaceman

10. Crimson And Clover

11. Games People Play

12. Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)

14. Galveston

16. Good Morning Starshine

17. Put A Little Love In Your Heart

19. Arkansas Grass

20. Think About Tomorrow Today

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Track List: Encyclopedia Of Doo Wop: Volume 5

Disc 1

2. They Say

3. Is There A Love For Me

5. Cruise To The Moon

6. Lamplight

7. Alphabet Of Love

8. Cry Like I Cried

9. Stormy Weather

10. Runaround

11. I'll Pray For You

12. Wedding Bells

17. Angel Face

18. Crazy For You

19. Ding Dong

20. There Goes My Girl

21. Heaven Above Me

23. Darling Can't You Tell

24. Rip Van Winkle

25. Let It Please Be You

Disc 2

1. Zoom

2. Little Girl Of Mine

3. Im Not A Know It All

4. Your Way

5. Rendezvous With You

6. I Cried My Heart Out

7. Sympathy

8. Too Young

9. Two People In The World

10. I Talk To My Echo

11. Goodbye To Love

12. I Found

13. Dont Ask Me To Be Lonely

14. Angel In Disguise

15. Shining Star

16. Everybodys Somebodys Fool

17. Natures Creation

19. Baby Baby

20. Ive Got To Have You Baby

21. Rubber Biscuit

24. Thats The Way It Goes

25. He's Gone

Disc 3

1. Gee

2. I Won't Be The Fool Anymore

3. Baby

4. Traveling Stranger

5. Sugar Sugar

6. Goodbye To Love

7. Our Love Will Never End

9. Dream

10. On Sunday Afternoon

11. Every Night

12. Woo Woo Train

13. You Are So Beautiful

15. That's My Desire

16. I Found Out Why

17. Be Sure My Love

18. Paper Castles

19. You Can Come If You Want To

21. You Baby You

23. China Doll

24. Don't Say Goodnight

25. Forever

Disc 4

1. A Thousand Miles Away

2. Little Boy Blue

3. String Around My Heart

4. The Shrine Of St. Cecelia

5. Beside My Love

6. I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

7. I Love You Darling

8. In My Lonely Room

9. Altar Of Love

10. Summertime

12. You Are

14. Share

15. I Love You So

18. Whisper (Softly)

19. Diamonds & Pearls

20. Snow White

22. Teenage Rock

24. Teenage Love

25. Your Last Chance

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Track List: Sweet Soul Music: 1961

1. Watusi

2. Shop Around

3. All In My Mind

4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow?

5. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do

6. You Can Have Her

7. Rainin' In My Heart

8. I Don't Want To Cry

9. Hide Away

10. Gee Whiz (Look At His Eyes)

11. Some Kind Of Wonderful

12. Big Boss Man

13. Blue Moon

14. Daddy's Home

15. Mother-In-Law

17. Tossin' And Turnin'

18. Every Beat Of My Heart

19. Stand By Me

20. Raindrops

21. My True Story

22. It's Gonna Work Out Fine

23. Last Night

24. I Like It Like That, Pt. 1

25. Little Bit Of Soap

26. Let The Four Winds Blow

27. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)

28. Ya Ya

29. Please Mr. Postman

30. Gypsy Woman

31. Turn On Your Love Light

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Track List: Teen Time: The Young Years Of Rock & Roll Volume 1

2. Love Me Forever

3. When The Boys Talk About The Girls

4. What Is Love?

5. First Anniversary

6. And That Reminds Me

7. Stay With Me (A Little While Longer)

8. Heartaches

9. Goodbye Cruel World

10. You Don't Know What You've Got

11. Johnny Angel

12. Fortuneteller

13. Poor Little Puppet

14. Her Royal Majesty

15. The Gypsy Cried

16. The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget

17. Easier Said Than Done

18. My Coloring Book

20. See You In September

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Never knew marcels were from pittsburgh, my hometown. What other classic bands are from pittsburgh
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The best
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I wish doses days were here again
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I like this sog
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Look out for the blue moon, and also for the werewolves at night. Sweet dreams.��
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Every time I hear this, I think of America werefolf in London.��
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Dip de dip de dip indeed!
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Every time I here this I see ,y patents danceing


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1591425100
I love these guys. I grew up in the late 50's and '60s . I miss the kissing at the drive ins.
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Shirl I always see you posting coments on oldies songs ps you have pretty good taste
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lathropc01
im 12 and I love this song :3
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Love this song.
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My jam :)
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rec849
Un
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This is so cool this is my jam
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This song jams
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American Werewolf in London
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scrapbooksfo r 4
Eh.
I guess I like it.
They could do better.
So yeah.
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I'm 84 in the year 3651 and I love this music.
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Never gets old....
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Detroit too:)..
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Nobody cares what age that your 12 are and that your listening to this music! Ok!?
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Yeah, you can also get the same result by sucking dick. Any dick.
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junedebra
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will b
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They could really sing. We need to get back to our roots!
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a great Pittsburgh group...lots of great doo wop came out of the Burgh
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Only 17 years old and i love this song and music.
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Nothing beats the classics
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Love this song all oldies song are way way better than what song they put on the radio these days!!!!!!
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Love this music in my 1963 impala although im only 26
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I'M 21 ND LOVE THIS MUSIC... NOTHING LIKE THE KIND OF CRAP WE GOT NOW ND DAYS..OLDIES WILL NEVER B FORGOTTEN.:- )
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Is Truly name really Trudy from Greensburg,P a . If so this Jim Kelley from Greensburg! Please answer.
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I remember mi juaritos chi.... y salon el fiesta
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I'm 27 and this music never gets old....
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tlabounty55
I Feel Like I'm the only 17 year old who listens to this kind of music
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@ Jordan nope 14 year old greaser here ^.^ I'm wif u
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I feel like I'm the only 14 year old that likes this music
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sam cook sings the heck out of blue moon
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kenellis007
Would someone please bring back DooWop? Cut my baby teeth listening to the 50's songs. Now 66, but still doowoping.
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reyn9655
Oldies, Crown & a good cigar...pric e l e s s !
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What a trip to hear all the songs I love on one album. Cool!
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DANG A DONG DING
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One of the GREATEST GROUPS EVER!
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clmorris8
David cwd......I remember only too well Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, you guys were the best. I sang one time with the guy who was a Marcel, all I did was bomp a bomp bomp....etc. It was a blast......
Yep I'm a female.
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clmorris8
It most certainly was the original. I'm a Pittsburger and believe me, I know.
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Not the original version...
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Sorry Gail but Bowzer was not the Marcels bass. Fred Johnson was/is, Cornielus Harp nicknamed Bingo was lead singer. I know them.
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I am originally from Pittsburgh and Fred Johnson The Marcels bass was a friend of mine - I played guitar at a recording session for him - he had a great lead voice also. I still remember to this day all of the fun those days were. My group The Pharaohs had a local recording, but one of my biggest thrills was one night I was playing at a bar and Jimmy Beaumont lead with The Skyliners came in to hear ME! What a blast.
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takes ya back
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