Dean Ford Wiki
Dean Ford Bio
|Dean Ford (birth name: Thomas McAleese) was born on 5th September 1945 and died on 31st December 2018. He was a Scottish singer and songwriter best known for his tenure as lead vocalist and frontman of the beat pop group Marmalade from 1966 to 1974. Ford (credited as McAleese) co-wrote the group’s worldwide hit “Reflections of My Life” with fellow band member Junior Campbell. The single has sold more than two million units globally, and in 1998 the writers were awarded a Special Citation of Achievement by BMI for attaining radio broadcast performances more than one million in the U.S. alone.|
|Dean Ford Background information|
|Dean Ford Birth name||Thomas McAleese|
|Dean Ford Born||5 September 1945|
|Origin||Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire, Scotland|
|Dean Ford Died||31 December 2018(aged 73)|
|Dean Ford Genres||Pop, rock|
|Labels||EMI Columbia, CBS, Decca, EMI|
|Associated acts||Dean Ford and the Gaylords, Marmalade, Dean Ford|
|Dean Ford Net Worth||His Estimated Net Worth was not in the Public Domain|
Dean Ford Career
Dean Ford was born in Airdrie, North Lanarkshire. His parents were Thomas sen (father) and Elizabeth McAleese (mother). He began singing in public accompanying a jazz ensemble at the local Whifflet parish church dance hall. Ford formed his first musical group The Tonebeats at a young age of 13. At the age of 15, when he left Clifton High School in Coatbridge, he gained more exposure as a featured singer. His break came after a performance with the Monarchs at the Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow in 1963, where he was seen by members of the popular east Glasgow band The Gaylords and subsequently invited to join the group.
Dean Ford and The Gaylords
McAleese adopted his stage name (a moniker he coined by combining the names Dean Martin and Tennessee Ernie Ford), and The Gaylords were re-christened Dean Ford and the Gaylords. With hopes of achieving more commercial success, Ford and the band relocated to London in 1965.
Dean Ford Marmalade
In 1968, Marmalade, with Ford as lead singer, became the first Scottish band to score a No. 1 hit on the UK Singles Chart. It also racked up many prior and additional consecutive quality hits worldwide. In addition to his lead vocals, Ford expanded his songwriting credits, co-writing “Reflections of My Life,” “Rainbow,” “My Little One,” and “I See The Rain” and added instrumental support on harmonica and tambourine.
The group experienced several lineup changes and eventually reduced to three band members by 1973, with Ford being the lone founding member.
Post Marmalade career
After the dissolution of the original Marmalade, Ford embarked on a solo career and released a self-titled LP in 1975 which was produced by Alan Parsons. His collaboration with Parsons extended to a guest vocal appearance on Parsons’ 1978 Pyramid album. Ford also recorded one-off tracks with former Marmalade band member Hugh Nicholson.
Dean Ford Career in the U.S.
After his solo album failed to chart, Ford was subsequently released by his record label. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1979, after battling alcohol addiction. Ford was virtually unknown as a recording artist in the U.S., he was unable to cash in on his earlier success with Marmalade, and his alcohol dependency forced him to drop out of the organized music business virtually. With the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Ford was sober by 1986. He turned to music again by appearing in small clubs and open-mic venues. He admits his royalties from “Reflections of My Life” keep him financially afloat.
Ford did not completely sever ties to his musical contemporaries. In 2003 he teamed up with a revamped The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, participating in an album tribute by well-known Scottish musicians to Glaswegian Frankie Miller, a fellow artist recovering from a brain hemorrhage. The most recent collaboration was with former Badfinger guitarist Joe Tansin in 2012, including recording a notable latter-day version of his most significant success, “Reflections of My Life.”
With the support of crowdfunding, Ford completed production of a second solo album of original material entitled Feel My Heartbeat.
Ford’s solo projects are currently available on CD through his official Facebook page.
Dean Ford Death and Cause
Ford died on 31st December 2018, at the age of 73. The musician’s daughter, Tracey McAleese-Gorman, confirmed the sad news on Facebook that her father had passed away on the night of New Year’s Eve.
She said: “I am so sad to share that my dear Dad passed away last night.
“He was an amazing man, a gentle soul, extremely talented musician, and a great Father and Pop Pop to his only grandchild Connor.
“His music was his life and will now be his legacy forever.”
Dean Ford Wife, Daughter
Ford was married from 1968 to 1973 and had one daughter Tracey McAleese-Gorman.