Edison Lighthouse

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Edison Lighthouse
Also known as Greenfield Hammer
Origin London, England
Genres
Years active 1970 (1970)–1977 (1977)
Labels
Website edison-lighthouse.com
Past members
  • Tony Burrows
  • Stuart Edwards (deceased)
  • 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 were an English pop band, formed in London in 1970. The band are best known for their 1970 hit single, "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)".[1][2]

Career[edit]

The original line-up of Edison Lighthouse consisted of 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-concurrent UK Singles Chart Top Ten hit singles that Burrows released 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 No. 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 No. 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 No. 3.

Tony Burrows in concert. Taken on 17 May 2008.

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 (vocals, guitar), Eddie Richards (drums), Wally Scott (guitar), Peter Butt (bass guitar), Brian Huggins (Lead vocals).Other temps included Ken Reeves (session singer) and Mike Prophet (bass). The band's song "It's Up to You, Petula" reached the UK Top 50. Its 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, 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] Guitarist Stuart Edwards died on 26 October 2016 from cancer at the age of 73.[5]

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 and, since 1973, Huggins has been fronting the band. The current Edison Lighthouse line-up is as follows:

  • Brian Huggins − lead vocals (1973)
  • Peter Butt − bass guitar (1973)
  • Stephane Booroff − drums
  • Simon Aldridge − lead guitar

Origin of the name[edit]

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

Singles[edit]

  • "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" (1970, Bell) No. 1 UK, No. 5 US
  • "It's Up to You, Petula" (1971, Bell) No. 49 UK, No. 72 US
  • "What's Happening" (1971, Bell)
  • "Find Mr. Zebedee" (1972, Bell)
  • "Endearing Young Charms" (1981, Greenstone)

LPs[edit]

  • Already (1971, Bell, Sweden)

CDs[edit]

  • Love Grows – Complete Collection (1994, Sunflower, Italy)
  • Best of Edison Lighthouse – Love Grows (1999, Repertoire, Germany)
  • On the Rocks (2002, Park South, US)

See also[edit]

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 Jason Ankeny. "Edison Lighthouse | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  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. 
  5. ^ "Tributes paid to talented Maidenhead musician". Maidenhead-advertiser.co.uk. Retrieved 25 October 2017. 

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