Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)
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|"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"|
|Single by Edison Lighthouse|
|B-side||"Every Lonely Day"|
|Released||January 1970 (UK)
21 February 1970 (US)
|Recorded||England, November 1969|
|Writer(s)||Tony Macaulay / Barry Mason|
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" is a popular song by "one-hit wonder" Edison Lighthouse. The single hit the number one spot on the UK Singles Chart on the week ending on 31 January 1970, where it remained for a total of five weeks.
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" was written by Tony Macaulay, Sylvan Whittingham and Barry Mason. Essentially, they were a studio group with prolific session singer Tony Burrows providing the vocals. When the song became a hit, a group needed to be assembled rapidly to feature the song on Top of the Pops, a popular TV show. Sylvan Whittingham found a group called Greenfields and brought them to Tony's auditions a week before their appearance on Top of the Pops. Once chosen and rehearsed, they appeared on the show as 'Edison Lighthouse' to mime to the fastest climbing number 1 hit record in history. Burrows sang the song on the programme during his third appearance on the same show with three different groups. It reached number 5 on US pop chart, number 3 in Canada, and number 1 on the UK Singles Chart for five weeks in January and February 1970. It reached number 3 in South Africa in February 1970.
Weekly singles charts
- Anni-Frid Lyngstad covered the song in 1970 as "Där du går lämnar kärleken spår" (Where you go, love leaves traces).
- Uschi Glas covered the song in 1970 in German as "Wenn dein Herz brennt".
- In 1984, Hong Kong singer Samuel Hui covered the song in Cantonese as "Tsui Hei Foon Lei" (最喜歡你, which means "like you the most").
- British indie pop band The Siddeleys covered the song on the 1990 compilation Alvin Lives (In Leeds) - Anti Poll Tax Trax.
- In 1995, Swedish dansband "Distance" (later "Frida & dansbandet") covered the song with lyrics in the Swedish language, as "När du ler" ("When you smile").
- In 2002, the Not Lame Recordings CD Right to Chews—a collection of modern bands performing cover versions of bubblegum pop songs—included Beagle's version of the song.
- In 2007, Little Man Tate did a cover of this song at their concerts at the Boardwalk, Sheffield and at the Bolton Soundhouse.
- Singer-songwriter Freedy Johnston covered the song on his album Right Between the Promises.
- Guitarist, Mellotron player and singer-songwriter Les Fradkin covered the song on his album Perfect World.
- In 2012 Dennis Diken with Bell Sound recorded a version for a fundraising album titled Super Hits of the Seventies for radio station WFMU.
In the media
- The song is featured in the closing scenes of the film Shallow Hal. The female lead played by Gwyneth Paltrow was named Rosemary.
- It serves as the musical theme of the film Little Manhattan (wherein the female love interest is also named Rosemary), performed by Freedy Johnston.
- It was featured in a fifth season episode of The Sopranos ("All Happy Families...") during a hit on a friend of Little Carmine Lupertazzi.
- It is referred to in the narration of Reservoir Dogs, as part of the fictional "K-BILLY's Super Sounds of the '70s" radio show, but the song itself is not played.
- It is parodied in the game Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman's Mine, at the title theme for Act 3: Shallow Al.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 241–2. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Brian Currin (2003-05-25). "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- "Där du går lämnar kärleken spår | Svensk mediedatabas". SMDB. Retrieved 2014-03-27.
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