b. 30 April 1930, Youngstown, Ohio, USA. Marchan was a New Orleans entertainer who had moderate success both as a rock ‘n’ roller and a soul singer. His long-time career as a female impersonator reflected a time-honored tradition in black entertainment going back to medicine shows. He began performing in Ohio as a drag comic singer, and in 1954 made his way to New Orleans as a member of a drag-queen troupe called the Powder Box Revue. Also during that year, he made his first records for California-based Aladdin Records. In 1957, he joined Huey Piano Smithand the Clowns as lead vocalist and, with his distinctive vocals and pianist Smith's boogie-woogie stylings, recorded a succession of infectious rock ‘n’ roll hits, notably Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu and Don't You Just Know It. Marchan left the Clowns in 1960 after leaping on the charts with a melodramatic version of There Is Something On Your Mind (number 1 R&B and number 31 pop), a cover of Big Jay McNeely's hit of the previous year. Marchan's version made an impact because of an impassioned recitation involving sexual jealousy and murder that was lifted from an earlier New Orleans hit, Larry Darnell's I'll Get Along Somehow from 1949. He had a moderate hit in 1966 with Shake Your Tambourine (number 14 R&B). He continued to record into the mid-70s, but with no further success. In between singing engagements, Marchan worked as a female impersonator on New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, and was a master of ceremonies at many clubs.
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