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
Genre Pop rock
Length 2:51
Label Bell Records
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.[1]

Song profile[edit]

"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" was written by Tony Macaulay 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. Mason and Maccaulay found a group called Greenfields and brought them to the 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.[2]

In an interview in 2003, Rob Grill of The Grass Roots said that the song had been offered to them, but they turned it down.

Cover versions[edit]

In the media[edit]

  • 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 241–2. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Brian Currin (2003-05-25). "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (P)". Rock.co.za. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b "Där du går lämnar kärleken spår | Svensk mediedatabas". SMDB. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
Preceded by
"Two Little Boys" by Rolf Harris
UK Singles Chart number-one single
January 31, 1970 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Wand'rin' Star" by Lee Marvin