Bobby Marchan

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Legal name: Oscar James Gibson


Bobby Marchan (born Oscar James Gibson, April 30, 1930, in Youngstown, Ohio, died December 5, 1999) was a well-respected American rhythm and blues bandleader, MC, singer-performer, recording artist, and female impersonator.

He initially began performing in New Orleans nightclubs, specifically the Dew Drop Inn and the Club Tijuana in the mid-1950s. Marchan also toured with the band of Huey "Piano" Smith, sometimes performing as lead singer/bandleader and substituting vocally for Huey Smith (who reputedly often would stay in New Orleans to write and record while his namesake band Huey Smith and the Clowns played clubs and toured on the road). The touring band included James Booker on piano.

One of Marchan's vocal performances with Huey Smith and the Clowns can be heard on the New Orleans R&B recording, "Don't You Just Know It", which was released in 1958. Marchan also had a solo #1 hit on the national R&B charts in 1960 with the tune "There's Something on Your Mind", a cover of a song performed by Big Jay McNeely. Marchan recorded for a handful of small soul labels such as Fire Records, Volt, Dial, Cameo, and Gamble as well as Ace Records, which had released the Clowns' records.

Marchan regularly performed at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. In the 1990s his company Manicure Productions was involved in hip hop music booking and promotion including Take Fo' Records bounce music artist DJ Jubilee. He was involved with the formation of Cash Money Records.

Marchan died from liver cancer on December 5, 1999.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
3000 Volts of Stax Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 The Official New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Anniversary Album, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1989 The Rock 'n' Roll Era: 1960 Still Rockin' Various Artists 1
1991 The Complete Stax‐Volt Singles: 1959–1968 Various Artists 2
1999 Living the Blues: Louisiana Blues Classics Various Artists 1
2000 Our Turn to Cry Various Artists 1
2000 The Fire and Fury of Bobby Robinson Bobby Robinson 1
2001 Birth of Soul, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 Soul: Sexual Healing Various Artists 1
2002 Campark Records: On the Northern Side, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 The Dial Records Southern Soul Story Various Artists 1
2005 Cameo Parkway 1957-1967 Various Artists 1
2006 Blowing the Fuse: 31 R&B Classics That Rocked the Jukebox in 1960 Various Artists 1
2007 Crescent City Bounce, From Blues to R&B in New Orleans Various Artists 1
2010 Cajun Swamp Rock Party Various Artists 1
2010 Crate Diggin' Fever: The Cult of Rarity Various Artists 1
2010 The Ace (USA) Story, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2010 The Ace (USA) Story, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2011 The Ace (USA) Story, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2011 The Fame Studios Story - 1961-1973 Various Artists 1
2012 Back in New Orleans Various Artists 1
2013 Swampbilly Shindig: Rockabilly, Country & Soul From Deep South Various Artists 1
New Orleans Various Artists 1
NME Ace Case (Side 1) Various Artists 1
Rhythm & Blues: 1960 Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2002 Shuckin' Stuff: Rare Blues From Ace Records Various Artists 1
2012 New Orleans: Blues, Soul & Jazz Gumbo Various Artists 1

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