The other day, Beth and I heard “Reflections of My Life” by Marmalade, a 60’s Scottish band. Marmalade was another underrated band that mostly got lost in the shuffle. “Reflections of My Life” was a pop masterpiece, however. It merges a great song with superb production, making it a true powerhouse that sold over two million records. Even if that was their only record, that was enough for me.
Starting out as The Gaylords (named after a post-WWII Chicago street gang) in 1961, the band’s name eventually evolved into Marmalade. After years of struggling for a hit, they became the first Scottish band to hit #1 in the UK with their remake of the Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di,Ob-La-Da” in January 1969. Later that year, they switched record labels and “Reflections of My Life” became the first recording they made for Decca. It features great arrangement and dynamics, a backward guitar solo made by physically turning over the eight-track tape (explained in this article), and great heartfelt vocals. Who could ask for more?
Although they still survive in name, Marmalade began splitting up in the mid-70’s, the last original member (Graham Knight) leaving in 2010. Their former lead singer, Dean Ford, released a splendid newer version of “Reflections of My Life” in 2014. Marmalade also recorded the original version of “Lovin Things”, a song covered later quite successfully by the Grassroots (virtually note-for-note!). If you aren’t familiar with Marmalade, check out their greatest hits here. If “Reflections of My Life”, doesn’t move you, I don’t know what will.
Finally, a little self-reflection took place this past weekend. It was just a little over a year ago I decided to start making videos for my music-mainly out of necessity. It was a whole lot of trial and error and, believe me, there is still a lot to learn.
There is a new channel on Roku– Peachflicks – that has graciously added two Skyypilot video albums- “Klondike- Remixed-Remastered” and “Songs In The Night” for their subscribers. Peachflicks features videos and films originating in Georgia and I am honored to be included. If you have Roku, please add the channel and check them out. You can also subscribe online. – Peachflicks.com
It’s a new day!
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