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Edison Lighthouse: Love Grows

In those now far off days of the 1970s, I tried to buy every Number 1 song, even if I did not really like it that much. It was more for historical record than for taste, I guess. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) is one that made it into my record collection, as I enjoyed this type of easy on the ear bubblegum pop and often, surreptitiously, sang along to it when I thought no-one else was listening.

Lead singer Tony Burrows seemed to be everywhere during the early 1970s, not least on this Edison Lighthouse hit. As a session singer he was called upon to voice the songs of many of the best known songwriters of the era. In the UK, his vocals can be heard on My Baby Loves Lovin' by White Plains, United We Stand by Brotherhood of Man and Gimme Dat Ding by The Pipkins. In fact, because nearly all of these songs were rising up the charts at the same time, Burrows had to perform three of them during one evening's edition of the UK's leading pop television show.

All four of the songs were very much in the pure pop genre of the day, but as far as rock music fans were concerned, tracks of this sort were definitely disposable and truly unhip. Strangely, all those that lambasted Edison Lighthouse's effort back in 1970 now think, with the passage of time, that it is so much cooler. Possibly, age and nostalgia have tempered their opinions.

Although many consider this to be a One Hit Wonder in the UK - the description of which is a Number 1 song and then nothing else - the group actually returned to the British charts one year later, albeit briefly, with the track It's Up to You, Petula. However, it is one of those 45s that holds a little more importance than a lot of others, as it was the first UK Number 1 record of the new decade.

Throughout the late 1960s and through the 1970s, Tony Burrows' voice could be heard on a number of hit records. Here's a selection of groups featuring his vocals, including First Class with the song Beach Baby, a hit from 1974.

This is the song that denied Edison Lighthouse of true One Hit Wonder status: It's Up to You, Petula (along with Love Grows).

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 Last updated on July 5, 2014

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Lynn Klobuchar 9 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Level 4 Commenter

I remember listening on the radio to this song, making daisy bead necklaces and singing along! I didn't realize he fronted for many groups. Nice lens.

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PaigSr 9 months ago from State of Confussion Level 4 Commenter

I thought I recognized the group but the videos clinched it. I do remember them. Thanks for bringing back tunes in my head.

RinchenChodron 9 months ago

Funny - sent me back to an earlier time.

tonyleather 9 months ago

This was an iconic piece of musical history!

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SusanDeppner 10 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

Great review! I just have to laugh at the videos - can't believe that was the style when I was in my late teens. Still love the music, though!

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fullofshoes 10 months ago Level 2 Commenter

Love this! This will be in my head all morning :) Or Gimme Dat Ding. Thanks for the review.:)

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