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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.

Friday On My Mind 25: Reflections Of My Life

According to the sleeve notes on a collection tape I looked at once, this song was the single most played track on US FM radio during the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Not a Beatles tune, not one from the Stones, not even an effort by a US band but instead the accolade goes to a bunch of boys from Glasgow.

I have featured Marmalade (as they became) before; to brighten up my post on the demise of the name Norman.

This is probably the best song they ever did.

Marmalade: Reflections Of My Life

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