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This Day: March 3

March 3, 2010

I don’t have much time today, but according to the radio marmalade was introduced into the UK on this day sometime in the 15th century.

There was also a band called The Marmalade around in the 60s and 70s. Their most famous hit was a cover of the Beatles tune Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da. The Marmalade took it to #1 in the UK. For their part the Beatles the song as a single in 1976.

The Maralade’s version was released four years after Millie’s version of My Boy Lollipop, often considered the first ever Jamaican influenced international hit, reaching #2 in the UK.

Surprisingly, it seems the first UK #1 with a Jamaican beat is The Marmalade’s version of Ob-La-Di. It reached #1 before Desmond Dekker’s Israelites, despite being released a month later. (The Desmond of Ob-La-Di is named in honour of Dekker).

I’m happy to be corrected here, as it seems staggering four Scottish guys with a Beatles song could get ska to #1 before anyone else.

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