One Hit Wonders – Tony Burrows

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Tony Burrows. Tony Burrows?

Session musicians – freelance artists who are hired to play on recording sessions – have been common in the music industry for decades. Many solo artists use session musicians for their work.

Back in the 60s and 70s, record labels had access to many songs and would hire session musicians to perform them. The labels felt that in order for a single to be released, a band name needed to be created. So, it was common for a band to be formed just for the purpose of cranking out singles. Generally, these bands did not tour, and there was no intention for them to remain together.

Tony Burrows is a British singer who holds the distinction of performing with 5 different groups, each of which had only one hit.

In January 1970, he sang lead vocals for the song United We Stand by the group The Brotherhood of Man. It peaked at #13

In February 1970, he sang lead vocals for the song Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) by the group Edison Lighthouse. It zoomed to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

In March that same year, he sang lead vocals for the song My Baby Loves Lovin’ by the group White Plains. The song made it to #13.

In April that same year, he sang lead vocals for the song Gimme Dat Ding by the group The Pipkins. It peaked at #9.

And finally, in 1974, he sang vocals for the song Beach Baby for the band The First Class. It was his highest charting song, at #4.

Wow – 4 hits in 4 months with 4 different bands in 1970. And a comeback hit in 74!

Burrows is still alive at 77, and performs at festivals.

Classic 70s cheesy pop here! Enjoy Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes). Love this video. Tony Burrows is my new hero!

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