Edison Lighthouse

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For the lighthouse, see Eddystone Lighthouse.
Edison Lighthouse
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Pop, MOR
Years active 1970–1977, 2001–present
Labels Bell Records, RRO Entertainment
Website http://www.edison-lighthouse.com/
Members Les Fradkin
Past members Tony Burrows
Stuart Edwards
David Taylor
George Weyman
Ray Dorey
Paul Vigrass
David Kerr-Clemenson
Andy Locke
Eddie Richards
Wally Scott
Ken Reeves
Eamonn Carr
Mike Prophet

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)".[1][2] They are widely regarded as a one-hit wonder, with only two songs entering any chart worldwide: "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" and "It's Up to You, Petula".

Career[edit]

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)"[1] (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).[3] 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.[2] It reached the top of the chart in its second week.[4] The United States release was in February 1970 and reached #5 in the Billboard Hot 100, selling a million copies there by April and earning an RIAA gold disc.[2] 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.[3] Actor and singer Paul Vigrass replaced Burrows. Other members included David Kerr-Clemenson (bass guitar), Andy Locke (guitar), Eddie Richards (drums), Wally Scott (guitar) and Ken Reeves (vocals,session). Other temps included Mike Prophet (bass). 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".[1][3]

In 2001, Les Fradkin, obtaining the trademark to the name Edison Lighthouse, formed a new group for touring and recording. Les Fradkin only has the right to use the name in the USA. In the UK that right belongs to Brian Huggins.

Since 1973 Brian Huggins has been "fronting" the band and it has been a regular gigging band since that time. The current Edison Lighthouse line-up is as follows:

  • Brian Huggins − lead vocals
  • Peter Butt − bass guitar
  • Stephane Booroff − drums
  • Peter Amos − lead guitar

Origin of the name[edit]

Edison Lighthouse was named after the Eddystone Lighthouse off the coast of Devon.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 179. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 278. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ a b c Allmusic.com biography by Jason Ankeny
  4. ^ 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. 

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