Release Info: MARMALADE - THERE'S A LOT OF IT ABOUT (CBS 1968) Jap mastering cardboard sleeve + 11 bonus
Marmalade were a successful Scottish pop rock group, from Glasgow in Scotland, formed in 1961 as Dean Ford and the Gaylords.
The most successful period for the band, in terms of record success, was between 1968 and 1972. A later version of the band (from 1975 with various further personnel changes) exists to this day, with only Graham Knight remaining from the original members.
They played a long stint in Germany, at the Storyville in Cologne and in Duisburg, before moving to London in 1966. They built up a club reputation, as a tight, close harmony band, before, on the advice of their manager, changing the band name to The Marmalade.
In 1966, after changing labels to CBS, and producer Mike Smith, their next few singles also failed to chart in the UK, although one, the self penned cult hit, "I See The Rain", written by Junior Campbell and Dean Ford, was highly praised by Jimi Hendrix as the 'best cut of 1967'. It became a chart-topper in the Netherlands the same year (Graham Nash of The Hollies, contributed to the session).
During this period they landed a long stint at London's Marquee Club where they supported, amongst others, The Action and Pink Floyd building a reputation and following, including touring with The Who, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Gene Pitney and The Tremeloes. This culminated in a summer appearance at the Windsor Jazz and Rock Festival in 1967, directly preceding Jerry Lee Lewis.
Marmalade's label CBS were concerned at their lack of commercial success and threatened to drop them if they did not have a hit, and after the failure of another self-penned single later that year, "Man in a Shop", insisted they record more chart-oriented material. They rejected "Everlasting Love", which became a #1 for Love Affair, but later gave in to pressure and recorded, "Lovin' Things", arranged by Keith Mansfield, which reached #6 in the UK Singles Chart in the summer of 1968. This was later covered by The Grass Roots in the US in 1969, using virtually the same arrangement.
After a lesser hit with the follow-up "Wait For Me Mary-Anne" (written by Alan Blaikley and Ken Howard), which made #30, they enjoyed their most remembered UK success with their cover of The Beatles' "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", which topped the UK chart in January 1969. As the first Scottish group to ever top that chart, in the week it went to the chart summit they celebrated by appearing on BBC One's music programme Top of the Pops, dressed in kilts. Their version of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" sold around half a million in the |UK, and a million copies globally by April 1969.This was followed by further success with "Baby Make It Soon", (written by Tony Macaulay), which reached #9, in the summer of 1969...Here