Marvellous: 1960s pop musician touring RV resorts

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James Marvell is shown (top) with Mercy, who had a #2 hit on the Billboard charts in 1969, and (above) with George Harrison’s sister Lou and wife Faye. (Courtesy photos)

Who said the 60s are dead?

Reviving the decade that brought us The Beatles and Rolling Stones is James Marvell, formally a touring member of 1960s pop group Mercy; and he’s doing it at an RV park near you.

James, 62, has devoted his life to singing music about the negativities of drugs and war, all the while promoting love and fun. He performed a song in 1969 with Mercy entitled “Love (Can Make You Happy),” and it changed his life forever.

The song reached #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles, surpassed only by “Get Back” by The Beatles.

“I remember writing a song a few years earlier,” said James. “It was about me making history, but who would have thoought one day I actually would.”

His career was far from over at that point. He eventually found himself in the country duo, the Cavaleers.

James Marvell pic4The Cavaleers, too, brought him fame as James, then sporting long hair and a beard which represented the times, enjoyed many accolades. “There was actually an interview of Johnny Cash,” said James. “He was recorded calling me the best singer he had ever heard.”

On Monday, residents of the Fun ‘N Sun RV Resort were treated to a performance by Marvell and his wife Faye, who not only sings but makes water paintings as well. The two performed 60s hits, and the crowed loved it. Many danced while others fought back tears as they reminisced about yesteryear.

Nostalgic? Sure, and why not.

This will not be the only show played in the Valley, though, as James has decided to spend the next month and a half performing locally.

“I love Texas. That is why I wanted to come,” James said.

His next stop is at the First Colony RV Park in San Benito on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m.

After that, Marvell has scheduled shows for Feb. 16, Sunlight Trailer Park in McAllen; Feb. 17, Mission West in Mission; Feb. 19, Llano Grande in Mercedes; Feb. 26, Citrys Valley RV in McAllen; March 4, Shady Acres in Donna; March 8, Indian Lake in Los Fresnos; March 11, Mission Gardens in Mission. All shows are at 7 p.m. with the exception of the Citrys and Indian Lake gigs, which are both at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, call James at (813) 505-4966 or e-mail him at

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