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.
|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.|
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|Webster||1987||TV Series performer - 1 episode|
|Volunteers||1985||performer: "Blue Moon"|
|Going Berserk||1983||performer: "Blue Moon"|
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|An American Werewolf in London||1981||performer: "Blue Moon"|
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