BLOG: April 14th - Tony Burrows Appreciation Day
April 1, 2014
Have you ever wondered what your life would be like if you lived in another age?
Consider this: a pop musician whose credits include lead vocals on FIVE Top 15 hits by FIVE different groups, four of them in the first four months of the same year.
Forget Miley, Bieber, Katy or Taylor, this guy would be an instant Elvis today. But this was not his era. Tony Burrows accomplished this mega-feat in 1970.
And right now you're saying "Who the hell is Tony Burrows," right?
Anthony Burrows is a Brit whose early work included a stint with The Flower Pot Men. Hey, don't knock TFPM; two of them went on to form Deep Purple. But neither of them was Tony.
All Tony Burrows did in the first four months of 1970, was provide the unforgettable lead vocals on these unforgettable hit records:
Edison Lighthouse, "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" (#5) Brotherhood Of Man, "United We Stand" (#13) White Plains, "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (#13) The Pipkins, "Gimmie Dat Ding" (#9)***And in 1974, he was the voice of The First Class on the #4 hit, "Beach Baby."
Each of those songs scored even higher on the UK charts. Tony was one hard-core, bad-ass, Superfly TNT, Guns of the Navarone, hit-making stud.
And what was Tony's reward for his prolific 70's showing? He was banned from the BBC's "Top Of The Pops" to avoid any implications of impropriety as he showed up to front four different groups on the same show.
But, on today's blog, I give mad props to the Pitbull of the bell-bottom generation, Tony Burrows, born on April 14, 1942; 40-something years too soon.
That is, unless you grew up listening to him on the transistor radio, like I did.
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