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Uploaded on May 24, 2007
Description: In the early 1970s, British session singer Tony Burrows did a miraculous feat of helping lead several studio/session bands to stardom with a chart-topping hit or two for each. For those of us listening to poprock radio in those days, we couldn't figure out what was happening since the airwaves were filled with megahits which sounded somewhat similar but had different band names and member lineups. When examining the performers with closer inspection, there appeared to be the same lead singer in each of the groups! His name was Tony Burrows and his hit output at the time was simply incredible! Burrows sang lead and contributed to hits with the following... Edison Lighthouse (Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes); White Plains (My Baby Loves Lovin'); The Pipkins (Gimme Dat Ding); The Brotherhood of Man (United We Stand); The First Class (Beach Baby), and several more. In February 1970 he became the first (and still the only) person to appear on BBC Television's Top Of The Pops fronting three different acts in one show. In case you can't comprehend; just imagine watching a variety show containing various top acts of the day and three of the very biggest chart-toppers appearing on the show all have the same lead singer!! It's hard to imagine since it's never happened since. This rare footage from TOTP is from the editing suite and includes timecodes and date information. An unseen, behind-the-scenes genius who helped launch each of Burrow's groups was the song's author, Tony Macaulay. Tony was one of the best songwriters in the business, with songs recorded by many artists... each becoming hits; each well-written; each possessing a melody hummed by practically every one, even by those who couldn't stand the song which was 'stuck in their head'. The quality of Macaulay's songs were at the very pinnacle of top-ten pop, with freshness, positiveness and flowing tunes that almost guaranteed them to become megahits. Both "Love Grows (Where My Rosemarry Goes)" and "Last Night I Didn't Get to Sleep at All" (recorded by the Fifth Dimension) are considered to be two of the best, most perfect pop ballads of all-time. If you're serious about 'behind-the-scenes' artistic genius, you owe it to yourself to find-out more about Burrows and Macaulay. They're two of the best and their influence is greatly felt even to this day.