Bobby Marchan

Clown Jewels: The Ace Masters 1956-75

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Female impersonator Bobby Marchan was the lead singer/band and show organizer for Huey "Piano" Smith & the Clowns during their heyday, singing on all of the latter's big hits (after "Rockin' Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu") and leaving a wealth of recordings behind, both issued and unissued, in the Ace Records Jackson, MS vaults. This 24-track collection brings together all the best of those recordings from his beginnings at the label in 1956 to his latter day sides for them in 1975. Included are a nice collection of sides that were issued under Huey's name ("Don't You Just Know It," "Hush Your Mouth," "High Blood Pressure"), his own ("You Can't Stop Her," "Chickee Wah Wah," "Rockin' Behind the Iron Curtain") and his earliest Ace efforts as Bobby Fields (three previously unreleased versions of "Pity Poor Me," "Helping Hand" and "Little Girl of Mine"). Rounding things out are Marchan's later contemporary soul-R&B records waxed for the label in 1974, including the funky "Push the Button" and "Baby Get Your Yo Yo (Wind It Up)." An essential set of '50s New Orleans music, cut at the right place at the right time with the right people involved.

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