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Formed in 1960 in Glasgow, Scotland, Dean Ford And The Gaylords were a musically accomplished act before the dawning of the Beat age. Junior Campbell (William Campbell, 31 May 1947, Glasgow, Scotland; lead guitar), Pat Fairley (b. 14 April 1946, Glasgow, Scotland; rhythm guitar), Bill Irving (bass) and Raymond Duffy (drums) had been fronted by various vocalists prior to the arrival of Thomas MacAleese (b. 5 September 1946, Coatbridge, Glasgow) in 1963, who assumed the Dean Ford name. The group was signed to Columbia Records by Norrie Paramor following an audition in Glasgows Locarno Ballroom. Dean Ford And The Gaylords first single, released in 1964, was a breezy version of Chubby Checkers Twenty Miles. It was succeeded by the less distinguished Mr. Heartbreaks Here Instead, which in turn was followed by a powerhouse reading of Shirley Ellis The Name Game. In 1965 Graham Knight (b. 8 December 1946,...