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Deacon BlueDeacon Blue are a Scottish group, predominantly from Glasgow. The name of the band is taken from the title of a Steely Dan song.


Formed in 1985, group were one of the top-selling UK bands of the late 1980s and early 1990s. The group's members were Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh, James Prime, Dougie Vipond, Ewen Vernal and Graeme Kelling.

The band's debut album, Raintown, produced by Jon Kelly and released in 1987, is regarded by many as the band's finest effort, spawning the singles Dignity, and Chocolate Girl. The city that the album's title refers to is Glasgow, and the memorable cover art of the album is a photograph (by the Scottish-Italian photographer Oscar Marzaroli) of the River Clyde's docks taken from Kelvingrove Park on a miserable day.

The second album, 1989's When the World Knows Your Name, was the band's most commercially successful, featuring the extremely popular singles Real Gone Kid, Wages Day, and Fergus Sings the Blues.

The band had gained a reputation as one of the best live acts in the UK. Ticket sales for shows in Glasgow's SECC in both May and December of 1989 would break the world record at the time for the fastest sell-out. The following year saw the band play in front of an estimated 250,000 fans at the free concert on Glasgow Green "The Big Day", which was held to celebrate Glasgow being named that year's European City of Culture. The band also played Glastonbury and the Roskilde festivals that summer.

The band embarked on another sold out UK tour in 1994, but not before recording new material for their greatest hits compilation Our Town. This saw the band return to No. 1 in the UK album charts and was one of the year's top sellers, while a re-release of "Dignity" saw the band reenter the Top 20 singles chart.

In 1994, the band split up after Dougie Vipond decided to quit to pursue a TV career, however the group reformed in 1999, with a highly unexpected reunion gig.

Sadly in 2004 Graeme Kelling died from cancer.


Raintown (1987)
When the World Knows Your Name (1989)
Fellow Hoodlums (1991)
Whatever You Say, Say Nothing (1993)
Walking Back Home (1999)
Homesick (2001)

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