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     Ford, Dean (5th September 1946-Present)

    He is a singer born Thomas "Nippy" McAleese in Coatbridge, Scotland and later nicknamed "Wee Dan".  In the early 1960s he founded Dean Ford & The Gaylords and in the years 1964 and 1966 they released two singles that would not have any success.  Changing their name to Marmalade he would continue to provide the lead vocals and seeing chart entries from 1968 they would finally see the top position of No. 1 in the UK when he performed on their cover of Lennon & McCartney's "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da".  Being a member of the first Scottish group to reach No. 1 in the UK, he would appear on the BBC music programme Top of the Pops in a kilt in celebration.  He would also see success with Marmalade in the US when they appeared on the Billboard chart at No. 6 with "Reflections of my Life".  The band went through many changes, but Dean stayed with them until the mid-1970s.  He left the band to concentrate on his solo career and released an album in 1975.  In 1976 he appeared with periodically with the band Blue that was co-founded by ex-Marmalade member Hugh Nicholson , in 1978 he appeared on the Alan Parson's Project's Pyramid, and in 1991 recorded a single with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band.  He relocated to the United States and ran a chauffeured limousine business in Los Angeles and now lives in New York in his retirement, although still writes.

     

    Sources:

    1. http://www.mccartneyt.freeserve.co.uk/marms.htm
    2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marmalade_(band)

     

    Here he is with Marmalade performing their UK chart topping version of "Ob La Di Ob La Da"...

     

     

     

     

     

     

     



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