The Marmalade’s lead singer Dean Ford dies

2nd Jan 2019

Dean Ford, lead singer of the 1960s and 1970s Scottish group Marmalade, died on Hogmanay, 31 December 2018, at the age of 73.

The band, from Glasgow, were best known for reaching number one in 1969 with their cover version of The Beatles “Ob-la-di Ob-la-da”.

They had another 10 singles, including “Reflections of My Life” and “Rainbow”, both of which Dean Ford wrote.

His daughter called him “an amazing man, a gentle soul and extremely talented musician”.

Dean Ford was born Thomas McAleese in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. He co-founded Marmalade, first known as Dean Ford & The Gaylords, in Glasgow in 1961.

Marmalade went on to become the first Scottish band to have a UK number one hit. To celebrate they appeared on BBC television’s Top of the Pops wearing kilts.

Later that year “Reflections of My Life” made it into the top 10 on both sides of the Atlantic.

Marmalade toured with The Who, duetted with Bobbie Gentry and had six top 10 singles, before Dean Ford quit the band in 1975. He moved to Los Angeles and became a limousine driver for Michael Jackson and Bob Dylan.

He continued recording and two months ago he released a 30-track album called “My Scottish Heart”.

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