Rowe, Normie

Field of activity
Singer; Performer; Actor; Member of the Order of Australia (AM); Advance Australia Award
NLA Persistent Identifier
http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-679099

Biographies

Normie Rowe's professional singing career began in 1964 when he was spotted performing by radio personality Stan Rofe. Rofe arranged for him to appear at Melbourne dances and discos backed by instrumental groups like The Thunderdbirds, The Impostors and finally The Playboys, who became his permanent band until 1967. By 1965 he was making regular appearances on local television programs, including Teen Scene and The Go!! Show. Signing with Brisbane-based independent label Sunshine, Rowe released his first single Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So in April 1965. Rowe recorded a number of successful ballads and pop songs throughout 1965, including Que Sera Sera (1965), I Who Have Nothing (1965), Tell Him I'm Not Home (1965), and Shakin' All Over (1965), fostering his image as the epitome of the clean-cut pop idol of the mid-1960s. In mid-1965 he joined the Easybeats, Bobby & Laurie and M.P.D. Ltd on 'The Big Four' national tour playing to huge crowds around the country. In August 1966 Rowe travelled to the UK to further his career. He recorded four new singles with producers Trevor Kennedy and John Carter and toured extensively with performers such as Julie Driscoll, The Spencer Davis Group, Brian Auger and The Trinity, Gene Pitney and The Troggs. In March 1967 he toured the UK with The Playboys. Together they also toured North America in support of Roy Orbison and represented Australia at Expo '67 in Montreal. In September 1967 Rowe received a call-up for compulsory military service. The following two years included active service in Vietnam with the A Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, which dramatically curtailed his music career. Returning to the music industry in 1970 he released the minor hit Hello. In the 1970s Rowe concentrated on the club and hotel circuit, as well as performing on variety television shows such as The Don Lane Show and The Mike Walsh Show. During the 1980s and 1990s he moved into acting and musical theatre, including an extended role in the TV soap opera Sons & Daughters, and the role of Jean Valjean in Cameron Macintosh's Sydney production of Les Miserables in 1987. In 2000 Rowe released a new album, Missing In Action, and in 2002 he toured Australia with the Long Way To The Top tour which featured prominent Australian rock acts from the 1950s to the present, including Little Pattie, Masters Apprentices and Stevie Wright. Rowe closely identifies himself with Vietnam veterans groups and actively supports them, including helping to organise Vietnam Veteran's Welcome Home and Vietnam Veteran's National Memorial. Rowe has also been closely involved the Variety Clubs of Australia.

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Resources by Normie Rowe (31)

  1. Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Book : 2013 ]
    At 60 libraries
    Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 67.146)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 67.146)

  2. Interview: Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    Australian Playboy
    [ Article : 1988 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.084)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 22.084)

  3. Normie Rowe : The Don Lane show / Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2010 ]
    At State Library of VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.412)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.412)

  4. A wonderful feeling / Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2013 ]
    At 5 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.887)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.887)

  5. Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2013 ]
    Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.861)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.861)

  6. It ain't necessarily so, but it is Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.403)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.403)

  7. Marcie Jones : runs in the blood / [Marcie Jones] ; forewords by Normie Rowe and Olivia Newton-John
    Jones, Marcie
    [ Book : 2008 ]
    At 12 libraries
    Marcie Jones : runs in the blood / [Marcie Jones] ; forewords by Normie Rowe and Olivia Newton-John
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.815)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.815)

  8. Missing in action / Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2000 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.753)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.753)

  9. Normie Rowe a go-go
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.706)

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  10. Normie Rowe's greatest hits
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 1974 ]
    At 6 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 8.821)

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Resources about Normie Rowe (15)

  1. Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Book : 2013 ]
    At 60 libraries
    Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66.202)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 66.202)

  2. Interview: Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    Australian Playboy
    [ Article : 1988 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.566)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 21.566)

  3. [Biographical cuttings on Normie Rowe, singer, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.012)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 19.012)

  4. Normie Rowe : The Don Lane show / Normie Rowe
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2010 ]
    At State Library of VIC
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.256)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 14.256)

  5. Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    Rowe, Normie
    [ Sound : 2013 ]
    Normie : the Normie Rowe story / with Ed. Nimmervoll
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.798)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.798)

  6. Normie Rowe
    [ Book : 1999 ]
    At 2 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.01)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.01)

  7. How Normie Rowe fought his way back
    Kusko, Julie
    Woman's Day
    [ Article : 1987 ]
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.508)

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  8. Normie Rowe
    ABC-TV (Australia)
    [ Video : 2006 ]
    View online
    At LaTrobe Uni Melb
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.399)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.399)

  9. Rock and roll you're beautiful / words and music by Mike Redway
    Redway, Mike
    [ Printed music : 1981 ]
    At State Library of NSW
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.585)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.585)

  10. Portrait of Normie Rowe, ca. 1997 / Lewis Morley
    Morley, Lewis, 1925-2013
    [ Photograph : 1997 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Portrait of Normie Rowe, ca. 1997 / Lewis Morley
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.952)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.952)

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  1. Normie Rowe engaged
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    ... Normie Rowe engaged MELBOURNE, ' Friday. - Teenage idol Normie Rowe is engaged to Marciq Jones, a ... 64 words
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  3. Normie Rowe sails into wedlock
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  1. Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Vietnam War
    Music resources theme - War and Peace in Australia - Vietnam War
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    The Vietnam War was the longest major conflict in which Australians have been involved; it lasted 10 years, from 1962-1972, and involved some 60,000 personnel. For Australia the Vietnam War was the ca...

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    Take a journey through Rock 'n' roll in Australia from our first home-grown stars of the 1950s, Johnny O’Keefe and Col Joye, to the rock stars of today.Beginning with the quintessential ‘Roc...

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  1. Portrait of Normie Rowe, ca. 1997 /...
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    [ Photograph : 1997 ]
    Portrait of Normie Rowe, ca. 1997 / Lewis Morley
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    [ Photograph : 1965 ]
    APA studio portrait of pop singer Normie Rowe for TV Times
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    APA studio portrait of pop singer Normie Rowe and his group the Playboys for TV Times
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  2. Normie Rowe hates us
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    [ Article : 2003 ]
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  3. The coronation of Normie Rowe.(Fictional work)
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  4. The case of the man called trouble. -Broadcaster Ron Casey made headlines yet again with a televised swipe at singer Rowe, Normie-
    Nicklin, Lenore
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    [ Article : 1991 ]
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  1. Normie Rowe questions Vietnam conscription
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  2. Things Go Better With Normie Rowe
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  3. Normie Rowe
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  4. Harold Holt documentary
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    [ Sound : 2008 ]
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  1. Website: Fifty Australians
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  2. Website: Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia
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  2. 1950-1975 : building modern Australia / Rees Barrett
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  4. Magazine, 'The First Australian National Record Awards', paper, printed by Conpress Printing Ltd, Sy..
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