|"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)"|
|Single by Edison Lighthouse|
|from the album Already|
|"Every Lonely Day"|
|Released||9 January 1970 (UK)|
21 February 1970 (US)
|Tony Macaulay and Barry Mason|
|Edison Lighthouse singles chronology|
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" is a popular song by "two hit wonders" Edison Lighthouse, originally recorded by Jefferson. 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. 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. 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 Macaulay found a group called 'Greenfield Hammer' 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.
"Love Grows" 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.
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Grows)" entered the UK top 40 at no.12 on 24 January 1970 - an unusually high new-entry for a debutant act. A week later it climbed eleven places to no.1, becoming the first new UK chart-topper of the 1970s. After a five-week stay at the top, it dropped to no.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 twelve-week run, "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" left the UK top 40 on 18 April 1970.
In the US Billboard Hot 100 top 40 chart, Edison Lighthouse entered at no.28 on 28 February 1970. "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" reached a peak position of no.5 on 28 March, remaining there for two weeks. After a twelve-week run, the song left the US top 40 on 23 May.
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