Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Marmalade
Song Title: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Date of release: November 1968
Description: ” Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ” is by Marmalade, a Scottish pop rock band. Originally formed in 1961 in Baillieston, a suburb of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland.
The band started life as The Gaylords, then changed to Dean Ford and the Gaylords and finally settled on the name Marmalade in 1966. The new name, Marmalade, came from their manager who decided they need a name change. He saw the name on a jar of the preserve ( made from citrus fruit ) while having breakfast and went with that, calling them The Marmalade, later dropping ” The ” from the name.
The line-up consisted of Alan Whitehead, a work-study trainee; Graham Knight; Junior Wullie Campbell, a former electric plasterer; Patrick Fairley, an industrial chemist; Dean Ford ( real name Thomas McAleese ) an office worker and apprentice plater.
The group’s first single, ” Lovin’ Things, released on the CBS label, entered the UK Singles Chart on the 28th of May 1968 and peaked at number six. The follow-up single, ” Wait For Me Marianne ” only made number thirty on the UK Singles Chart.
Marmalade had the most chart success between 1968 and 1972. It was during the early part of the 1970s that the founding members started to leave the band. Marmalade continued as new members joined and are still going strong today, touring the nostalgia events up and down the United Kingdom and Europe. Graham Knight left in 2010, so today the line-up is without any original members.
” Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ” was written by Paul McCartney, although credit was given to John Lennon. It was first released by the Beatles on the 22nd of November 1968 and featured on the 1968 Album, The Beatles (also known as The White Album ).
Marmalade’s cover version was produced by Mike Smith. The English producer was born on the 30th of April 1935 in Barking, a suburban town situated within the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, England. Before joining the record label Decca, Mike worked as a clerk and then joined the BBC as a recording engineer. Best known for rejecting the Beatles, he went on to work with Billy Fury and the Tremeloes. Mike died at the age of 76 on the 3rd of December 2011.
The song was released in November 1968 by record label CBS ( Sony Music Entertainment ), it would later appear on various compilations, and best of Albums and is still performed by the group today.
” Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da ” was a commercial success for Marmalade. In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 10th of December 1968 and reached Number One, spending three weeks at the top. It spent nine weeks in the Top Ten and a total of twenty weeks on the UK chart. By April the following year sales had passed half a million copies in the UK.
The song also charted in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Norway and Belgium.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Switzerland 2, Germany 2, Austria 1, Netherlands 3, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)5, Norway 1
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