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Tony Burrows


By legal rights, Tony Burrows ought to be a one-man oldies bundle tour — though he hardly ever charted an archive under his very own name, he keeps the uncommon honor (it is possible to appearance it up within the Guinness Reserve of World Information) of experiencing four records within the British TOP at once, all of the under different brands. The British program vocalist sang Edison Lighthouse’s “Appreciate Increases (Where My Rosemary Runs),” Light Plains’ “My Baby Loves Lovin’,” the Pipkins’ absurd “Gimme Dat Ding,” as well as the Brotherhood of Man’s “United We Stand,” which had been big strikes in both U.S. and U.K. in 1970. Along with his high range and pleasantly private yet flexible pipes, Burrows was a perfect device for songwriters seeking to build bubblegum or light pop/rock and roll for the AM airwaves — these were looking for strike songs, not really for strike performers, and what achieved it matter to many people that the “groupings” didn’t actually exist? He began in music as an adolescent within the middle-’50s, amid the skiffle increase in Britain, and changed professional in 1960. Burrows’ initial group, the Kestrels, dated back again to the times of skiffle and have been created with three college friends, potential songwriter/maker Roger Greenaway, Roger Maggs, and, just a little later on, Jeff Williams — they remained together even within the military (that they all became a member of at exactly the same time) and became a quintet in 1963 with the help of Roger Make. The Kestrels had been a tranquility vocal group, and lasted until 1965 amid the burgeoning high-wattage sound of Merseybeat before phoning it quits — that same yr, Burrows surely got to cut his 1st LP, except that actually after that he didn’t make use of his personal name, issuing it beneath the stage name “Tony Relationship” amid the trend encircling the Ian Fleming-spawned key agent James Relationship and the films starring Sean Connery. That gimmick having failed, Burrows became a member of a somewhat more lucrative vocal band of the time, the Ivy Little league. He remained together for just two years, where time they developed in a fresh musical path and had taken on a fresh name, the Rose Pot Guys — but by 1969, that name appeared previous hat as well as the group was rechristened Light Plains. Their initial record under that name to become released was a Make/Greenaway composition known as “My Baby Adores Lovin’,” which increased to an amazing number 13 in america and number 4 in Britain. He eventually re-teamed along with his previous bandmate Greenaway and manufacturer John Burgess to sing lead on “Gimme Dat Ding,” acknowledged towards the Pipkins — a tale of an archive, written for any children’s recording, it made the very best Ten on both edges from the Atlantic. By this time around, a certain design was developing in Burrows’ function and profession — once again with Roger Greenaway readily available performing, he became a member of the Brotherhood of Guy for some classes that yielded the transatlantic strike “United We Stand.” And it was to maker/composer Tony Macaulay, of Foundations popularity, for “Like Develops (Where My Rosemary Goes)” — he was originally likely to sing back-up but because the program took form, he finished up performing lead and attempted to obtain the record out along with his name onto it; instead, it had been acknowledged to something known as Edison Lighthouse, and the only real period that Burrows was noticed using the group which was put together round the name is at television looks. That record was another strike, and offered Burrows a protracted chart-run hat technique that availed him fairly little. He held busy through the entire 1970s, however, attempting to create lightning strike once again — perhaps this time around in a manner that would advantage him in a far more public manner. However the greatest he could muster was a high Ten entrance in 1974, in cooperation with his previous Light Plains associate John Carter, along with his lead over the Seaside Children homage record “Seaside Baby,” acknowledged to the HIGH GRADE. Additionally, he sang history on a lot of Elton John’s early-’70s albums (specifically Madman Over the Water). Through the afterwards ’70s, Burrows proved helpful under several group names, in colaboration with Chris Arnold, David Martin, and Geoff Morrow, including Domino, Contact, Magic, Original Ensemble, and Western world End, in addition to his own, without the chart achievement. He afterwards moved into composing and producing advertisements, and in the 1990s also made an appearance in Germany within a revived/up to date version from the Rose Pot Guys. But with all those graph singles around him, almost always there is the chance that somebody — a minimum of in Britain — should come up with the proper mail/Internet-order bundle and the proper infomercial to create a strikes collection finally around Tony Burrows’ name; in the Kestrels towards the First Class as well as perhaps up so far as Western End, the person is practically a full time income little bit of pop/rock and roll song history, having a career’s worthy of of strike tunes connected with his tone of voice, otherwise his name.

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Full Name Tony Burrows
Profession Singer
Nationality English
Music Groups Edison Lighthouse, Brotherhood of Man, White Plains, The First Class, The Kestrels, The Flower Pot Men
Music Songs Beach Baby, Every Little Move She Makes, Melanie Makes Me Smile, My Baby Loves Lovin', United We Stand, Gimme Dat Ding
Albums White Plains, A Ghost History, All The Hits + More, Best Pop Songs, Tony Burrows Greatest Hits, The Gold Standard Series , Pop Classics - Tony Burrows Of White Plains, The Best of Tony Burrows & Friends, Love Grows, Beach Baby, Soft Rock Hits

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1 Cites "Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)" by Edison Lighthouse as his favorite song he sung the lead vocals on.
2 Lead singer in the group "Flying Machine" hit "Smile A Little Smile For Me" in 1969.
3 Lead singer in the group "First Class" hit "Beach Baby" in 1974.
4 Session singer and musician, most famous for fronting "Edison Lighthouse" on their song "Love Grows", and with "The Flowerpot Men" on their song "Let's Go to San Fransisco".



Dirty Weekend 1993 performer: "Bella"
What's Up Nurse! 1978 performer: "The Love Bug"
The Beast in the Cellar 1970 performer: "She Works in a Woman's Way"



The One Show 2012 TV Series Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1998 TV Series Himself - Mystery Guest
Lift Off 1970-1972 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Beat-Club 1967 TV Series Himself - Musician
Crackerjack! 1967 TV Series Himself - Guest
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1966 TV Series Himself
New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert 1965 TV Movie documentary Himself (as The Ivy League)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011 Gold Badge Award BASCA Gold Badge Awards · Joan Armatrading
· Christina Coker
· Ray Davies
· Christopher Gunning
· Mick Hucknall
· John Leckie
· Arlene Phillips
· Mike Read
· Mike Ross-Trevor
· Clare Teal
· Dennis Waterman

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1 I think I'm the only one hit wonder who did it five times.

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