Marmalade (band)

Marmalade were a Scottish pop group, highly successful during the early 1970s. Their first hit record was a cover of the Beatles' "Ob-la-di", predictably performed in orange suits, which went to #1 in the UK charts. The harmony-based band went on to produce a string of early 1970s hits including "Reflections of My Life" and "Rainbow", using the lead vocals of Dean Ford and the higher harmonies of bass player Graham Knight. They toured extensively and even gave rise to a cocktail - the Marmaladdie. The band was managed by Peter Walsh, a 60s and 70s pop entrepreneur whose portfolio also included artists like the Bay City Rollers, Billy Ocean, the Troggs and Blue Mink.

When pianist Junior Campbell left the band to become a "one hit wonder", Marmalade began a series of line-up changes including the loss of drummer Alan Whitehead and suffered poor publicity from the UK's News of the World. An attempt to fit into the UK's move to "progressive" music met with limited success.

The group still survives today, primarily because of the leadership of Graham Knight.


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John Mellencamp (born October 7, 1951 in Seymour, Indiana) is an American singer and songwriter, known for a long and successful recording and performing career highlighted by a series of 1980s hits, including "Jack and Diane", and by his role in the Farm Aid charity event. 2003 Trouble No More. 2001 Cuttin' Heads. 1998 John Mellencamp.

Happy Go Lucky. 1996 Mr. 1994 Dance Naked. 1993 Human Wheels.

1991 Whenever We Wanted. 1989 Big Daddy. 1987 The Lonesome Jubilee. 1985 Scarecrow.

1983 Uh-Huh. 1982 American Fool. 1980 Nothin' Matters and What If It Did. 1980 Night Dancin'.

1979 Johnny Cougar. 1979 John Cougar. 1978 A Biography. 1977 The Kid Inside.

1976 Chestnut Street Incident.

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