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Dean Ford, singer with The Marmalade, has died

Singer Dean Ford who fronted the Glasgow band The Marmalade, has died aged 72. The band were best known for reaching number one in 1969 with a cover version of The Beatles reggae song Ob-la-di Ob-la-da.

However, Reflections of My Life and Rainbow, both written by Ford, secured their place as respectable songwriters in their own right and I See The Rain was praised by Jimi Hendrix as the “best cut of 1967”.

Born Thomas McAleese in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Ford co-founded Marmalade, first known as The Gaylords, in Glasgow in 1961.

The band went on to become the first Scottish band to have a UK number one hit and they celebrated by appearing on Top of the Pops wearing kilts.

The band toured with The Who, duetted with Bobbie Gentry and had six top 10 singles, before Ford quit the band in 1975, becoming a limousine driver for Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan.

One Comment to Dean Ford, singer with The Marmalade, has died

  1. I still can’t believe it is almost one year since the passing of Dean Ford. I was lucky to meet him when he was in London late sixties. A great guy who I have admired him. So sad that he passed away on New year’s eve. One whole year. God Bless you Dean you will never be forgotten. Rest in peace with the angels. Love ya forever

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