Reflections of My Life – Marmalade – 1970

marmalade - Reflections of my life - 1970In 1969, Marmalade had a #1 single in the UK with a cover of The Beatles’ Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. They followed it up in 1970 with Reflections of My Life, their only US hit single.

nMarmalade 3ow, there’s a few things I didn’t know

          • Marmalade was from Scotland.
          • They formed in 1961.
          • They were originally known as The Gaylords.
          • They changed their name in 1966.

when does a band cease to be?

Marmalade still tours, but there are no original members remaining; kinda weird if you ask me.

reflections of my life fax

  • Reflections of My Life was a #3 UK single and #10 US single. Released in 1969, it was at #1 over the New Year period and so just sneaks into the 1970 charts.
  • By 1971, sales had reached one million. That figure has now doubled and, in 1998, writers Junion Campbell and Dean Ford were awarded a Special Citation of Achievement for attaining radio broadcast performances in excess of one million in the US alone.
  • Reflections of My Life has been used in a number of movies including Inside Deep Throat, the documentary on the life of Linda Lovelace.
  • The lyrics of Reflections of My Life appear frequently in the book, Flying Through Midnight by John T Halliday – a memoir of a Vietnam War veteran.
  • Reflections of My Life lyrics.

reflections of my life – marmalade – 1970 – video

I added this second video after realising the one above didn’t contain the rather distinctive guitar solo which was created by recording a guitar track forward, then reversing it and recording over the top of it… pretty innovative for 1970!

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3 Responses to Reflections of My Life – Marmalade – 1970

  1. Miki says:

    Love the hair and the strides . . . always thought the song a bit maudlin but I guess given its connections , , , I take it you HEARD this yesterday on the radio and not via the documentary or its topic of origin . . ?!

  2. Greg.K. says:

    Ha! Yep, heard it on the radio the other week. It is a bit maudlin, but I have always loved this song…

  3. Ann Marie Meek says:

    Great post – I love Reflections of my Life. It’s a wonderful song that doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

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