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Best Vocalist (Male) St. Louis 2006 - Marcel Strong

Readers' Choice: Kevin Schneider
He learned to sing in the churches of East St. Louis and supplemented his musical education by studying Ike and Tina onstage at the north side's legendary D.J. Lounge. In 1959 Marcel Strong wrote a song called "Mumble in My Ear (with Clarence Carter in Mind)," which he recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. When Clarence Carter himself got an earful, he too recorded the song: "Scratch My Back (and Mumble in My Ear)" hit No. 33 on the R&B charts in 1972. In the early 1980s, Razzy Bailey recorded "Scratch My Back (and Whisper in My Ear)," and the song went to No. 10 on the country charts. These days Marcel is still going—well, Strong. Along with Al Green's guitarist, Kenny Hodges, he's recording a CD titled The Choice Is Yours. While you're waiting for the release, you can catch him with his band, the Apostles, at Beale on Broadway (701 South Broadway; 314-621-7880) and at this year's pick for "Best Blues Bar," BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups (700 South Broadway; 314-436-5222).
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DebbieMicheleSaffell
DebbieMicheleSaffell

Please email me back, Id love to see yous, I have a new wonderful husband now for the past 7 years.

debbie
debbie

Marcel is one of a kind. I worked for him on so. broadway in 1989 to 1993. his music was as awesome as his personality. Im am lucky to be able to say I once new him. Thank you, Cathy and Marcel. Debbie

Rich Cristel
Rich Cristel

Hey Marcel! Man it\'s been awhile. I need to check in with ya asap. If you could, send me an e-mail back so we can talk. You\'re Buddy Rich C. P.S. You better remember me. HA HA

Roger C.
Roger C.

Can this be the same guy who played the teen town at "Regal Hall" on Michigan St. in South St. Louis as well as "Raddisons" in Dupo Ill. back in the mid to late 60's?

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