Marseille was formed in 1976, and released their debut album, Red, White and Slightly Blue on the label Mountain in 1978. Members included Paul Dale (vocals), Neil Buchanan (guitar), Andy Charters (guitar), Keith Knowles (drums) and Steve Dinwoodie (bass). Marseille were the first band to win Battle of the Bands.
Marseille gathered a small fanbase while promoting their first album as support for other groups such as UFO. Their debut, that suffered somewhat from lack in promotion and limitation of release, had very raunchy lyrics
Their second release, the eponymous Marseille, received airplay on local radio, extending their fanbase. However record company issues and disinterest in the band caused Marseille to split-up after their third and final release Touch The Night.