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This was written by British producers Tony McCaulay and Barry Mason, who recorded it using session musicians. When it became a hit, they put together a band from members of the group Greefield Hammer in order to perform the song live. McCaulay eventually put together another group using the Edison Lighthouse name.
A session singer named Tony Burrows sang lead. He was the voice of several studio groups, including White Plains, The Pipkins, and Brotherhood Of Man, First Class ("Beach Baby") and the Flowerpot Men ("Let's Go To San Francisco"). He famously appeared on one UK TV show three times in one night when three different groups (all fronted by him) were due to perform their current chart hits. He said, "I just kept changing hats." (thanks, Victor - Haworth, England)
This was featured in the movie Shallow Hal, starring Jack Black as a man who comes under a spell and sees only the inner beauty of women. He falls for a fat girl named Rosemary, who to him looks like Gwyneth Paltrow.
This song is mentioned in the dialogue by a faux-'70s DJ (voiced by deadpan comedian Steven Wright) on the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack, although the song itself is not used in the film.
Tony Macaulay also co-wrote and sang lead on "Smile A Little Smile For Me
" (recorded by The Flying Machine), which is about "Rose Marie." (thanks, Tony - Vero Beach, FL)