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Not Friday on my Mind 53: I See the Rain. RIP Dean Ford

I was sad to hear the news of the death of Dean Ford, lead singer of (The) Marmalade (once known as Dean Ford and the Gaylords,) the first Scottish group to have a no 1 in the UK. To make it, of course, they had to leave Scotland and move to London where their initial efforts under their original name didn’t meet with much joy. Calling themselves The Marmalade also didn’t bring instant success. It was only when they adopted a more pop profile – and with songs written by others – that they achieved a measure of success, peaking with that no. 1, a cover of The Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da.

Ford was no mean song writer though. Along with fellow band member Junior Campbell he wrote Reflections of My Life, Rainbow, and My Little One, hits between 1969 and 1971.

Plus this pre-success psychedelia-tinged song, said to be Jimi Hendrix’s favourite of 1967.

The Marmalade: I See the Rain

Thomas McAleese (Dean Ford): 5/9/1946 – 31/12/2018. So it goes.

Not Friday on my Mind 44: Black Veils of Melancholy. RIP Rick Parfitt

Though it seems I didn’t, I thought I had mentioned in Friday on my Mind 29 that I actually bought Status Quo’s first hit Pictures of Matchstick Men, though they were The Status Quo then.

This follow-up – remarkably similar to that first hit and which appeared on the ludicrously titled first LP, Picturesque Matchstickable messages from the Status Quo – has a title that is all too appropriate, but has a bass line reminiscent of Hendrix.

The Status Quo: Black Veils of Melancholy

Richard John (Rick) Parfitt: 12/10/1948 – 24/12/2016. So it goes.

Friday On My Mind 64: Hey Joe

This song has been recorded many times over. The most famous of these is probably the one that gave Jimi Hendrix his first hit but I also know it from Love‘s eponymous first LP. [See also Friday On My Mind 3, Alone Again Or. Btw I noticed on checking that the original video I featured there has been withdrawn so I have updated it.]

Jarvis Cocker has been playing various versions of Hey Joe on his BBC 6 Music Sunday Service programme (4-6 pm) roughly every month. The one he played last Sunday (New Year’s Day) surprised me as the performing artists Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus are probably more widely known for the “bubblegum” hit Quick Joey Small. I had certainly not paid them more attention than that. Their Hey Joe is much better than I would have thought.

Kasenetz Katz Singing Orchestral Circus: Hey Joe

Friday On My Mind 47: The Wind Cries Mary

I thought I’d stick with the Mary theme for another week.

This must be the most un-Hendrix Hendrix song. Normally you think of virtuoso guitar, screaming feedback, up tempo rock.

This is a gentle ballad.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: The Wind Cries Mary

Friday On My Mind 3: Alone Again Or

Love produced some eclectic music in the middle of the 1960s. A lot of their songs had strange titles: Alone Again Or, Andmoreagain, 7 and 7 Is, and the really bizarre Maybe The People Would Be The Times Or Between Clark And Hilldale. I didn’t actually buy any of their albums until relatively recently when they were reissued as CDs. The cover of their album Forever Changes is cleverly done with the faces of what I presume are the members of the band filled in with psychedelic colours and arranged to look like a map of Africa. (I see from the video still below I needn’t have bothered with the link here.)

Not a hit as such, I remember Alone Again Or from the time of its first release as not troubling the charts very much if at all. While Love also recorded Hey Joe, perhaps more familiar from Jimi Hendrix’s version, Alone Again Or is probably their best known song.

I really like the way it suddenly transforms in the middle with the Spanish sounding trumpet passage.

Love: Alone Again Or

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