You’ve probably heard Tony Burrows before and didn’t realize it. He was lead singer on records made by bands that often consisted of studio musicians in the ’60’s and ’70’s. He was one of the singers on The Pipkins’ “Gimme Dat Ding” and the lead singer on White Plains’s “My Baby Loves Lovin’.” The three contestants in today’s battle are all songs where Tony sang lead. They were all Top 20 hits in the US, and none of us had any clue that they were all done by the same people.

Edison Lighthouse, “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” Reached #5 in early 1970 in the US. Our 8th grade teacher was Sister Rosemary, so we all got a laugh when this came on.

Brotherhood of Man, “United We Stand” Peaked at #13 in mid-1970. One of the first records I bought after I bought my stereo.

The First Class, “Beach Baby” Peaked at #4 in the US. Burrows attempts an American accent on this one.

So, it’s up to you: give these three songs a listen, decide which one reigns supreme, and vote for it by leaving me a comment. If you feel like expounding on why, I won’t stop you. Then, visit our other Battles at the addresses below:

I’ll announce the winner next Wednesday, May 22, so be sure and cast your ballot before then. Remember, you don’t need to hold a Battle of the Bands on your blog to vote. If you would like to join us and hold your own Battle on the 1st and 15th of each month, let Stephen know (his address is above).

The lines are now open. Good luck to all of Tony Burrows’s musical endeavors!

15 thoughts on “BATTLE OF THE BANDS: Tony Burrows

  1. Oh wow John, all three of these are fabulous. I love them all! I listened to each one again and although I wish I didn’t have to make a decision, I’m going to vote for Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by Edison Lighthouse (I’ve always found that band name interesting and one of these days I’ll look up how it came to be).
    Very interesting info on each song and each band having the same lead singer. I had no clue. That’s a great trivia question!

    Btw, I’m back on the battle ground so feel free to add me to your participant list. This one is my first back in a long time…And it’s good to be back.

    Enjoy your weekend,

    Michele at Angels Bark

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  2. I give my vote to Edison Lighthouse as the second one was not to my liking and the 3rd made me think of the Partridge family. Near the end of the song with those certain notes often repeated made me wonder where I heard those notes before and then I got it…Sibelius’s Symphony #5….give a listen and maybe you can hear those notes


  3. WOW! Fantastic BOTB concept, JOHN. I had no idea that was the same singer. You learned me sumpin’ today. Thanks!!

    IMO, this has been, overall, one of the best BOTB rounds we’ve had in awhile. It seemed like everyone had their A-game going in this round. Lotta fun!

    OK… ‘Sister Rosemary’ – I have always loved that song. I remember when it was getting all that radio airplay and man, that’s got one addictive groove goin’ on! Great song.

    I’ve definitely heard of Brotherhood Of Man, and I think I’d heard ‘United We Stand’ before, but that one really doesn’t do too much for me.

    ‘BEACH BABY’… you already knew that my vote was going to land here, right, John? Oh, my gosh! The memories, the memories!! I love, Love, LOVE this song. I could hear this one a godzillion times and never get tired of it. There’s an innocence, a purity about it, just like, to me, the year it was on the radio every 30 minutes. 1974…

    I have always said that my all-time favorite Summer was ’74. My Pa was out of work, and instead of looking for the next job, he just decided to take that Summer off and spend it on the beach with his kids – Nappy, Bonehead, and I. We went to the beach almost every day — body-surfing, getting hot-dogs-on-a-stick, and splitting one large lemonade (because Pa was outta work and couldn’t afford to buy 4 lemonades every day). It was a magic Summer. We never went hungry, the bills managed to get paid, and there’s something special about the memory of us all taking turns drinking from the same large cup of lemonade. It wouldn’t have been quite as special and memorable if we’d all had our own cup of lemonade.

    And ‘Beach Baby’ was all over the radio — I’m sure we heard it on transistor radios while lying on our beach towels in the shadow of Lifeguard Station #26. When I hear ‘Beach Baby’, it’s like a Waybac Machine trip straight to Santa Monica Beach in 1974.

    [Link> Lifeguard Station #26

    [Link> Station #26 at sunset

    That was also the year that the great Beach Boys compilation album ‘Endless Summer’ was released, and suddenly, in the Los Angeles area, the Beach Boys’ songs were being played regularly on the radio again. And ‘Beach Baby’ is very Beach Boys-like. It’s kind of a combination of the Beach Boys and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (great call by scr4pl80).

    Wonderful Battle, John! Thanks for the stroll down Memory Lane.

    ~ D-FensDogG

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  4. Interesting! I had no idea the same person was involved. That said, I’m not a fan of any of these songs – too “soft pop” for my taste – which makes it hard to choose. “United We Stand” does trigger a pleasant memory, so I’ll go with that one.

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  5. I remember them all and enjoy them. However, the Edison Lighthouse song is the one that stands out for me. I liked it when it first started getting airplay and I still enjoy it.

    A vote for Edison Lighthouse and “Love Grows”.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  6. John,

    You’re so right I certainly didn’t know the lead singer by name but the songs I’d heard. My favorites would be Love Grows and Beach Baby. I’m not sure which way to vote. Think. Think. Think. I’m going with …‘BEACH BABY’. This song calls me a wee bit more and that might be due to the early morning hour. It really picks me up, energizing me. Fun battle!

    Wednesday mashup – WW + BoTB round 9 ‘The Signs’ Showdown

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  7. Well that was difficult but I went with my gut. I listened to them all but the first notes on Loved Grows made by tummy flip. I was dragged back to early seventies, married in 71, moved from London to Devon in 73, had first born, back to London 75 had second born, 75,moved to Berkshire and I loved Edison Lighthouse. Also I think it’s definitely the catchiest. With Beach Bay a close second 💜🧡

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