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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The group still survives today, primarily because of the leadership of Graham Knight.
. An attempt to fit into the UK's move to "progressive" music met with limited success. Musical Youth's members included:. 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. The Grant brothers remain involved in music, while Seaton released a solo set in 1989 before going on to form his own band, XMY. 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. Plans to re-form were scotched when Patrick Waite, who had gone on to a career of juvenile crime, died of natural causes while awaiting a court appearance on drug charges.

They toured extensively and even gave rise to a cocktail - the Marmaladdie. A revival of Desmond Dekker's "007" saw them back in the Top 30, but after one final hit with "Sixteen", they fell from commercial grace and subsequently split up in 1985 when Seaton left the band. 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. Minor successes with "Heartbreaker" and "Tell Me Why" were succeeded by a surprise collaboration with Donna Summer on the UK Top 20 hit "Unconditional Love". 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 catchy follow-up, "Youth Of Today", also reached the UK Top 20 and early in 1983 "Never Gonna Give You Up" climbed to number 6. Marmalade were a Scottish pop group, highly successful during the early 1970s. A US Top 10 hit also followed.

The infectious enthusiasm of the group's performance captured the public's imagination and propelled the record to number 1 in the UK charts. Based on the Mighty Diamonds" "Pass The Kouchie" (a song about marijuana), the title had been subtly altered to feature the patois "dutchie" (literally a "cooking pot"). During the winter of 1982, the group issued one of the fastest-selling singles of the year in "Pass The Dutchie". By that time, founding father Frederick Waite had backed down to be replaced by Dennis Seaton as lead singer.

An appearance on BBC disc jockey John Peel's evening show brought further attention to the group and they were signed to MCA Records. Although schoolboys, the group managed to secure gigs at certain Birmingham pubs and released a single, "Political"/"Generals", on local label 021 Records. The latter pair's father, Frederick Waite, was a former member of Jamaican group the Techniques, and sang lead with Junior at the start of the group's career in the late 1970s. This pop/reggae-influenced group featured two sets of brothers, Kelvin and Michael Grant and Junior and Patrick Waite.

Musical Youth formed in 1979 at Duddeston Manor School, Birmingham, England. Different Style (MCA). The Youth Of Today (MCA). Anthology (Musical Youth) (MCA).

Junior Waite. 1969, d. February 18, 1993. Patrick Waite - b. Kelvin Grant.

Michael Grant. Dennis Seaton.

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