|Years active||1970–1977, 2001–present|
|Labels||Bell Records, RRO Entertainment|
|Past members||Tony Burrows
Edison Lighthouse was a UK pop group, initially a studio-only assemblage that included Tony Burrows and songwriter/record producers Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason. The band are best known for their 1970 UK chart-topper and million-selling record, "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)". They are widely regarded as a one-hit wonder, with only 1 song entering any chart worldwide.
The 'original' Edison Lighthouse was Tony Burrows (lead vocalist), Stuart Edwards (lead guitar), David Taylor (bass guitar), George Weyman (drums), and Ray Dorey (guitar). The group's Top 40 hit "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (1970) was one of four near-contemporaneous UK Singles Chart Top Ten hit singles that Burrows had put out under different names. The other songs were "Gimme Dat Ding" (The Pipkins), "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (White Plains), and "United We Stand" (Brotherhood of Man). Burrows was also lead vocalist on the single "Beach Baby" (1974) for another studio-only group, The First Class.
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" was #1 for five weeks and sold 250,000 copies in the UK. It reached the top of the chart in its second week. The United States release was in February 1970 and reached #5 in the Billboard Hot 100, selling a million copies there by April earning the R.I.A.A. gold disc. In Canada the song reached #3.
Burrows left after "Love Grows", and Macaulay (who owned the rights to the name Edison Lighthouse) brought in other musicians. Actor and singer Paul Vigrass replaced Burrows. Other members included David Kerr-Clemenson (bass guitar), Andy Locke (guitar), Eddie Richards (drums) and Wally Scott (guitar). The band's song "It's Up to You, Petula" reached the UK Top 50. The next single was "What's Happening?"/ coupled with "Take a Little Time", which was written by the band. They then went on to tour Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Africa. The single released for the Africa tour was "Reconsider My Belinda". The last single released was "Find Mr Zebedee". The band then called it a day after returning from a tour of Europe. Dave Kerr-Clemenson, after touring with White Plains and Andy Locke, went on to form Fast Buck and recorded an album with Jet Records and toured the world extensively supporting ELO. Eddie Richards was the drummer in The First Class who had a hit with "Beach Baby".,
In 2001, Les Fradkin, obtaining the trademark to the name Edison Lighthouse, formed a new group for touring and recording.
Origin of the name
- One-hit wonders in the UK
- List of artists who reached number one on the UK Singles Chart
- UK No.1 Hits of 1970
- List of performers on Top of the Pops
- One-hit wonders in the United States
- List of 1970s one-hit wonders in the United States
- Number 1 Singles in Ireland 1970
- List of Top 25 singles for 1970 in Australia
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 179. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 278. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Allmusic.com biography by Jason Ankeny
- Rice, Jo (1982). The Guinness Book of 500 Number One Hits (1st ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Guinness Superlatives Ltd. p. 131. ISBN 0-85112-250-7.