02 July 2010

Rock n Roll Oldies: Edison Lighthouse 1970

Edison Lighthouse was a UK pop group, initially a studio only assemblage that served as a vehicle for session vocalist Tony Burrows and songwriter/record producers Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason. They are best known for their 1970 UK chart-topper and million selling record, Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes).
The group's lone Top 40 hit Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) was one of four near contemporaneous UK Top-Ten hit singles by Tony Burrows under different names, the others being White Plains' My Baby Loves Lovin, The Pipkins' Gimme Dat Ding, and Brotherhood of Man's United We Stand. Burrows was also lead vocalist on the single Beach Baby (1974) for another studio-only group, The First Class.
Love Grows was #1 for five weeks and sold 250,000 copies in the UK.  The song raced to the #1 position in its second week on the chart, which was at the time the quickest rise by an act new to the chart. The United States release was in February 1970 and reached #4 in the Billboard Hot 100, selling a million copies by April earning the R.I.A.A. gold disc...in Canada, the song reached #3.
After the success of Love GrowsTony Burrows left to pursue other projects, and Macaulay, who owned the rights to the Edison Lighthouse name, assembled another group of musicians to record under the name, however after a few singles and world-tour, lack of further chart activity left the group with transatlantic one-hit wonder status.
Edison Lighthouse was named after the Eddystone Lighthouse, a lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall...