Marcels singer Ronald 'Bingo' Mundy dies at 76

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Posted: Jan 24, 2017 2:47 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ronald "Bingo" Mundy, best known for his work with the doo-wop group The Marcels and their hit "Blue Moon," has died. He was 76.

Mundy lived in Pittsburgh and died of pneumonia at Allegheny General Hospital on Friday.

The five-member vocal group reportedly recorded the song in two takes.

"Blue Moon" is instantly recognizable for the bass vocals that begin the song — "Bom ba ba bom ba bom ba bom bom." Mundy can be heard singing the background refrain of "Moon moon moon moon moon."

The single hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1961.

The Odell Robinson Jr. Funeral Home confirmed the death along with family members who spoke with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which first reported it Tuesday.