The Marcels were a doo-wop group known for turning beloved American classical pop songs into rock and roll. In 1961 many were shocked to hear a new version of the balladBlue Moon that began with the bass going, "bomp-baba-bomp" and "dip-da-dip." Still, the record sold a million and is featured in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. Later revivals in the same vein -- Heartaches and Melancholy Baby -- were less successful.
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