l to r: richard knauss. ronald mundy, gene bricker, fred johnson and cornelius harp
The Marcels comprised of:
Cornelius 'Nini' Harp (lead singer) (Cornelius Richard Harp Jr.) b. 14th September 1939, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d. 4th June 2013, Homestead, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy (tenor) b. Ronald Mundy (a.k.a. Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy), 1940, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d. 20th January 2017, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Fred Johnson (bass)
Gene Bricker (tenor) d. 1983.
Richard Knauss (baritone)
The Marcels were a doo-wop group formed in 1959 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The group comprised of Cornelius Harp (lead), Fred Johnson (bass), Gene Bricker, Ron Mundy, and Richard Knauss.
blue moon - 1961
The group recorded 'Blue Moon' (The disc went to number one in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and the U.K. Singles Chart) and 'Heartaches'.
In 1961, Richard Knauss and Gene Bricker left and were replaced by Allen Johnson (brother of Fred Johnson) and Walt Maddox.
Ron Mundy left the group soon after their departure.
In 1962, Cornelius Harp and Allen Johnson left, and were replaced by Richard Harris and William Herndon.
There was a brief reunion of the original members in 1973.
The group made several recordings in 1975 with Harp back on lead.
Original member Gene Bricker died in 1983. Allen Johnson died in 1995.
Cornelius Harp died in june 2013 of natural causes.
Ronald Mundy passed away in 2017.
He was the singer and guitarist.
The Marcels were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2002.
Blue Moon (Colpix Records 1961)