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This Pittsburgh ensemble deserved a far greater fate than getting known primarily for the novelty-tinged cover of “Blue Moon.” Baritone vocalist Richard F. Knauss teamed with Fred Johnson, Gene J. Bricker, Ron Mundy, and business lead vocalist Cornelius Harp to create a built-in ensemble. They called themselves after Harp’s hairstyle, the marcel. The group do a string of addresses as demonstration tapes which were delivered to Colpix. The label’s A&R movie director acquired them cut many oldies at RCA’s NY studios in 1961, one of these getting “Blue Moon.” They utilized the bass intro agreement in the Cadillacs’ “Zoom” and the effect was a big success. It ultimately topped both pop and R&B graphs, and in addition was a global smash. The group ultimately appeared within the film Twist Night and day with Dion and Chubby Checker, and documented an 18-cut LP for Colpix. Alan Johnson and Walt Maddox afterwards changed Knauss and Gene Bricker, producing the Marcels an all-black device. The group do score another TOP pop one with “Heartaches,” another cover of the pre-rock one. This peaked at amount seven pop and amount 19 R&B in 1961. They continuing documenting on Kyra, Queen Bee, St. Clair, Rocky, and Monogram with differing lineups, but hardly ever once again equaled their previous success.

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Full Name The Marcels
Music Songs Teeter Totter Love, I Wanna Be the Leader, I'll Be Forever Loving You, Twistin' Fever, Sweet Was the Wine, Merry Twist-Mas, Crazy Bells, Really Need Your Love, Goodbye to Love, Heartaches, Blue Heartaches, A Fallen Tear, Two People in the World, One Last Kiss, Give Me Back Your love, My Love For You, Don't Cry For Me This Christmas, Lollipop Baby, Find Another Fool, Blue Moon, Most of All, My Melancholy Baby, Friendly Loans, Footprints in the Sand, Honestly Sincere, Allright, Okay, You Win, A Sunday Kind of Love, That Old Black Magic, Don't Turn Your Back on Me, Au beau pays des fleurs, Flower Pot, Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart
Albums Blue Moon, Blue Moons, Heartaches and Melancholy Babes, Summertime, Leisure Time, High School Memories, The Complete Colpix Sessions, Easily Stop Time, Over the Rainbow (Mono Version), Hits by The Marcels, A Fallen Tear, Heartches, Gaudy Colours, In That Golden Summer Time, Twist Around the Clock (Mono Version), My, My, It's The Marcels - [The Dave Cash Collection], Blue Moon (Mono Version), Explore, Open Stage, Black Or White, The Marcels: The Extended Play Collection, Love Caught, Express Yourself, Heartaches, A Bouquet Of Hits, Over the Rainbow, Confectioner's, Days To Come, My Love for You, Lollipop, The Best Of The Marcels, Be With Me, My Melancholy Baby, Blue Moon - EP, Talkative Friend, Broken Colour, Goodbye to Love

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1 Members have included Cornelius Harp (d. 2013), Fred Johnson, Gene Bricker (d. 1983), Ronald Mundy, Richard Knauss, Allen Johnson (d. 1995), Walt Maddox, Richard Harris, William Herndon, Jules Hopson, Richard Merritt, Ted Smith.
2 Their 1961 hit "Blue Moon" was written by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart for the 1934 film Manhattan Melodrama (1934). Rodgers hated this version of the song so much that he took out ads in British newspapers urging the public not to buy it. His plea fell on deaf ears; the song reached #1 on both British and US charts.



Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping 2016 performer: "I'm So Humble"
The Joy of the Single 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Blue Moon" - uncredited
Crossing Jordan 2004 TV Series performer - 1 episode
O Beijo do Vampiro 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tohuwabohu 1998 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Private Parts 1997 performer: "Blue Moon"
Catch Me If You Can 1989 performer: "Blue Moon"
Webster 1987 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Volunteers 1985 performer: "Blue Moon"
Going Berserk 1983 performer: "Blue Moon"
Four Friends 1981 performer: "Blue Moon"
An American Werewolf in London 1981 performer: "Blue Moon"
Electra Glide in Blue 1973 performer: "Most of All"
Dusty and Sweets McGee 1971 performer: "Blue Moon"
Mondo Trasho 1969 performer: "Blue Moon"



Twist Around the Clock 1961 The Marcels



My Music: Rock, Pop & Doo Wop 2011 TV Special Themselves
Doo Wop 50 1999 TV Movie documentary Themselves

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