Dean Ford And The Gaylords

Dean Ford & The GaylordsFrom: Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland

Dean Ford, born Thomas McAleese, is a Scottish singer/songwriter best known for his tenure as lead singer of beat pop group Marmalade from 1966 to 1974.

Ford began singing as a young boy in a jazz ensemble at the local Whifflet parish church dance hall. He formed his first band, The Tonebeats, at the age of 13, one of several bands he was a part of during his teenage years. By age 15, he had left school and had gained more exposure as a featured singer. His break came after a performance with the Monarchs at The Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow, in 1963. It was here that McAleese was seen by members of the east Glasgow band The Gaylords. He was then invited to join the group.

It was around this time the McAleese adopted his stage name and The Gaylords were rechristened Dean Ford And The Gaylords. The band relocated to London in 1966 with hopes of achieving more commercial success.

The Gaylords, who were named after the notorious post war Chicago Gaylords street gang, were originally formed by Pat Fairley and Billy Johnston in 1961. The original lineup included Tommy Frew (drums), Pat McGovern (lead guitar), and Wattie Rodgers (vocals). McGovern was replaced by William Junior Campbell. Rodgers was then replaced, initially by two new lead vocalists, Billy Reid and Tommy Scott, however, Reid soon departed. Bill Irving (bass) was soon brought in to replace Johnston. Other lineup changes occurred over the next couple of years before the band relocated to London in 1966 and changed their name to Marmalade.

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From the 1965 single Columbia DB7610
The Name Game

  • That Lonely Feeing