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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Bobby Marchan

Have been long drawn to the vocal styling of Bobby Marchan. His unique, expressive phrasing was a feature of some of my favorite Huey Smith and the Clowns cuts such as "Havin A Good Time" and "You Don't Know Yockomo"

The backstory on his colorful life as a transvestite and 1950's drag queen is proof positive that New Orleans and it's music scene was the birthplace of acceptance and tolerance. Tenets which America would be well served to revisit. The original American Babylon.
His version of Big Jay McNeely's "There's Something On Your Mind" just oozes the soulfulness of the era and was a hit on the R&B charts.

Queer Music Heritage published a wonderful tribute piece upon his passing in 1999.