Deacon Blue are one of Scotland's most popular pop bands. The name of the band is taken from the title of a Steely Dan song, whose lyrics seem to reflect the Scottish band's early outlook:
:They got a name for the winners in the world :I want a name when I lose.... :Call me Deacon Blues 1
Formed in 1985, this predominantly Glaswegian act were one of the top-selling UK bands of the late 1980s/early 1990s. The group's members were Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh?, James Prime, Dougie Vipond, Ewan Vernal and Graeme Kelling.
Ross, a former school teacher originally from Dundee, was the group's frontman, penning the vast majority of Deacon Blue's songs. He married female vocalist Lorraine McIntosh? in the later years of the band's career.