Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

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"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"
Love Grows.jpg
Single by Edison Lighthouse
from the album Already
B-side"Every Lonely Day"
Released9 January 1970 (UK)[1]
21 February 1970 (US)
November 1969
GenreBaroque pop, bubblegum pop
Songwriter(s)Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason
Producer(s)Tony Macaulay
Edison Lighthouse singles chronology
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"
"She Works in a Woman's Way"
Music video
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" on YouTube

"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" is a bubblegum pop song by Edison Lighthouse. The single reached 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.[2] It also became the first number one single of the 1970s (not counting Rolf Harris's "Two Little Boys" which was a holdover from 1969).


"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" was written by Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason and was first recorded by Tony Burrows with Edison Lighthouse. "Love Grows" entered the UK top 40 at #12 on 24 January 1970[3] – an unusually high new entry for a debut act. A week later, the track climbed eleven places to #1, becoming the first new UK chart-topper of the 1970s. After a five-week stay at the top, "Love Grows" dropped to #4, replaced by "Wand'rin' Star" by Lee Marvin. Whilst at no.1, Edison Lighthouse held off strong competition from Peter, Paul and Mary ("Leaving on a Jet Plane") and Canned Heat ("Let's Work Together"). Eventually, after a 12-week run, "Love Grows" left the UK Top 40 on 18 April 1970. [4]

When "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" became a hit, a group needed to be assembled rapidly to perform the song on Top of the Pops. The pair found a group called Greenfield Hammer, who a week later appeared on Top of the Pops as 'Edison Lighthouse' to mime to the fastest-climbing number-one hit record in history. Burrows sang the song on the programme on four separate weeks in January and February 1970 and on each show he also appeared singing lead for either The Brotherhood of Man ("United We Stand") or White Plains ("My Baby Loves Lovin'"), who also had hits during that same month-long stretch.

In the U.S., the Edison Lighthouse version of "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" came close to facing competition from a cover version that ABC-Dunhill Records wished to cut with well-established Top 40 hitmakers the Grass Roots; however, the latter group passed on the song, reportedly because Grass Roots frontman Rob Grill balked at singing a love song that might be presumed to reference co-member Warren Entner's wife Rosemarie Frankland.[5] Issued in the U.S. in February 1970, "Love Grows" by Edison Lighthouse entered the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 dated 28 February 1970 at #28,[6] to reach a peak position of no.5 on 28 March, remaining there for two weeks. After a 12-week run, "Love Grows" exited the US top 40 on 23 May. [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]

"Love Grows" reached number 5 on U.S. pop charts, 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.[13]

Edison Lighthouse chart performance[edit]

Cover versions[edit]

  • Jerry Vale covered the song on his 1970 album Let It Be. [30]
  • Anni-Frid Lyngstad covered the song in 1970 as "Där du går lämnar kärleken spår" (Where you go, love leaves traces).[31]
  • Uschi Glas covered the song in 1970 in German as "Wenn dein Herz brennt".
  • The song's lyricist Barry Mason recorded it for his 1976 album The Songwriter. [32]
  • 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.
  • Izabella Scorupco covered the song on her 1991 album IZA (Label: Virgin/Warner Music).
  • In 1987, The Reels covered the song on a single. [33]
  • In 1995, Swedish dansband "Distance" (later "Frida & dansbandet") covered the song with lyrics in the Swedish language, as "När du ler" ("When you smile").[31]
  • The Grass Roots, who in 1970 declined to cover the Edison Lighthouse original, [34] included a live version of the song - as "Love Grows (Rosemary)" - on their 2000 Live at Last album, the song having been inaugurated as a Grass Roots concert staple by 1996. [35]
  • 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.
  • Freedy Johnston covered the song on his 2001 album Right Between the Promises. [36]
  • Brødrene Olsen recorded the song for his 2002 album Songs. [37] [38]
  • Les Fradkin covered the song on his 2004 album Perfect World. [39] [40]
  • In 2012 Dennis Diken with Bell Sound recorded a version for a fundraising album titled Super Hits of the Seventies for radio station WFMU.
  • Darren Hayman under the name Papernut Cambridge recorded the song for his 2015 album Nutlets 1967-1980.
  • Dennis Brown recorded a cover in 1970 for Studio One in Jamaica, and released it in the UK on the Bamboo label (BAM 56A).
  • Barry Biggs also released a reggae version in 1970, on Jamaican Tiger label (T28), and the UK Dynamic Sounds label (DYN-401-B).
  • Lloyd Miller released another reggae version in 1978, on the UK Trojan label (9033-A).

In the media[edit]

See also[edit]


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  34. ^ "Busy classic rockers Grass Roots gather no moss, play Grand Rapids on FridayBusy classic rockers Grass Roots gather no moss, play Grand Rapids on Friday". 4 March 2009.
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