-----Born Thomas McAleese in Coatbridge, Scotland, Dean Ford was the long-time lead singer for The Marmalade, a successful Scottish pop rock group, from the east end of Glasgow. In 1961 they were named "The Gaylords," then "Dean Ford and The Gaylords," In 1966, they changed the group name to "The Marmalade."
There biggest hit in the US and the UK was "Reflections of My Life" written by lead guitarist Junior Campbell and Ford in 1969. It featured a backwards guitar solo by Campbell.
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Reflections of My Life" has recorded over two million sales and the writers were awarded a Special Citation of Achievement in 1998 by BMI in attaining radio broadcast performances in excess of one million in the US alone. Other US and UK hits included "Rainbow" (UK #3) and "My Little One" (UK #15).
The most successful period for the band, was between 1968 and 1972. A later version of the exists to this day, with only Graham Knight remaining from the original members.