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The Marcels: Summertime (CD)

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The Marcels were one of the best doo-wop groups of the early sixties. Born and bred in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this racially-mixed group established their own style of exaggerated bass vocals accenting sometimes frantic, double-time harmonies and riffs. They took a staid Rodgers and Hart 1934 standard, "Blue Moon," and propelled it to #1 in an exciting rush up the 1961 charts.

The Marcels were one of the first r&,b groups to be honored with an LP release almost immediately on the heels of their initial chart topper. One listen to the April, 1961 Colpix "Blue Moon" LP proves that the Marcels were a class act. They had learned their r&,b lessons from their predecessors very well, but they were far more than just mere imitators. Colpix stayed with them for three years and over a dozen singles, despite their dwindling fortunes after "Blue Moon," "Summertime," and "Heartaches."

This compact disc contains 24 prime cuts by the Marcels, many of which were early rehearsals and demos for future session possibilities. Their first manager, the late Jules Kruspir, thoroughly rehearsed the group and encouraged them to sing or practice what are now rock &, roll standards. Several tantalizing tapes were found in Kruspir's effects after he died. They eventually were purchased by Ed Engel of Crystal Ball Records in New York City, who issued the bulk of these songs on two Marcels' Crystal Ball albums in the eighties.

Brandon Cody(from the linernotes)

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  • Interpret: The Marcels

  • Album titlle: Summertime (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Label RELIC

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0724075703023

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Marcels, The - Summertime (CD) CD 1
01ZoomThe Marcels
02A Sunday Kind Of LoveThe Marcels
03Teeter Totter LoveThe Marcels
04Over The RainbowThe Marcels
05I Could HaveDanced All NightThe Marcels
06SummertimeThe Marcels
07Where There's A WillThe Marcels
08Why Do You have To GoThe Marcels
09I Put The BompThe Marcels
10That Lucky Old SunThe Marcels
11You Gave Me Peace Of MindThe Marcels
12Spanish HarlemThe Marcels
13Save The Last Dance For MeThe Marcels
14I'll Be Forever Loving YouThe Marcels
15Two People In The WorldThe Marcels
16Zing Went The Strings Of My HeartThe Marcels
17Got A JobThe Marcels
18Stormy WeatherThe Marcels
19When I'm With YouThe Marcels
20For Your PreciousThe Marcels
21That Lucky Old SunThe Marcels
22Close Your EyesThe Marcels
23Soul DinnerThe Marcels
24You Gave Me Peace In MindThe Marcels
The Marcels Blue Moon By 1961, racially integrated vocal groups weren't as rare as... more
"The Marcels"

The Marcels

Blue Moon

By 1961, racially integrated vocal groups weren't as rare as they'd been a few years earlier. The Marcels came together at Pittsburgh's Oliver Allegheny High School in 1959, split between black singers (lead tenor Cornelius 'Nini' Harp, first tenor Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy, and bass Fred Johnson) and white (second tenor Gene Bricker and baritone Richard Knauss). Their name immortalized Johnson's wavy hairstyle.

Manager Jules Kruspir fired off some demos to Colpix Records, a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures. Soon The Marcels headed to New York for a session. They arrived in the middle of a blizzard, but made their debut date with A&R man Stu Phillips on February 15, 1961. Stu dug Johnson's extended bass riff that introduced the group's cover of The Collegians' Zoom Zoom Zoom, but not the song itself. At Phillips' suggestion, they transplanted that bass barrage onto the front of Blue Moon, a pop oldie written by Richard Rodgers and lyricist Lorenz Hart in 1934.

Harp did the tender lyrics of Blue Moon justice in a rock and roll setting, though Rodgers hated the quintet's doo-wop revival so much that he reportedly placed newspaper ads asking the public not to buy it! New York deejay Murray The K got his hands on a tape of The Marcels' Blue Moon and spun it repeatedly over the airwaves of WINS. Colpix pressed it up before month's end, paired with the ballad Goodbye To Love. By early April Blue Moon was the #1 hit on the pop and R&B hit parades. Wasting no time, Colpix had a 'Blue Moon' LP, filled with doo-wop standards, out by July.

The Marcels raided Tin Pan Alley again to take their best shot at George Gershwin's Summertime but it barely made a blip, peaking at #79 pop that spring. A revival of You Are My Sunshine missed altogether. By the time they cut their next big hit that September, The Marcels were no longer integrated: Fred's brother Allen Johnson was the new baritone, and Walt Maddox, formerly of The Blenders (another Pittsburgh outfit), came in that May on second tenor.

Their first session with the new lineup produced Heartaches, another rocking Tin Pan Alley remake harking back to 1931 with Johnson's bass pipes again prominent that sailed to #7 pop at year's end. They lip-synched Blue Moon and the seasonal Merry Twist-Mas in the Sam Katzman-produced film musical 'Twist Around The Clock,' also starring Chubby Checker and Dion, but Mundy left before year's end.

1961 was The Marcels' year. Only a redo of the ancient My Melancholy Baby made a little chart noise for the quartet after that, though they stuck with Colpix into '63. Maddox now owns the name and manages a group that works as The Marcels.

Various Street Corner Symphonies 1961 Vol.13

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Marcels, The - Summertime (CD) CD 1
01 Zoom
02 A Sunday Kind Of Love
03 Teeter Totter Love
04 Over The Rainbow
05 I Could HaveDanced All Night
06 Summertime
07 Where There's A Will
08 Why Do You have To Go
09 I Put The Bomp
10 That Lucky Old Sun
11 You Gave Me Peace Of Mind
12 Spanish Harlem
13 Save The Last Dance For Me
14 I'll Be Forever Loving You
15 Two People In The World
16 Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart
17 Got A Job
18 Stormy Weather
19 When I'm With You
20 For Your Precious
21 That Lucky Old Sun
22 Close Your Eyes
23 Soul Dinner
24 You Gave Me Peace In Mind