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Howzat! Archive - February 1st 2017

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OUT OF THE NORM
Normie Rowe, one of the most remarkable stories in Australian music, turns 70 today (1 Feb). And 50 years ago, our first King of Pop was drafted - not to his beloved Bombers but to Vietnam. Normie was just 12 when legendary DJ Stan Rofe spotted him singing. "Do you have any aspirations of being a singer?" Stan asked young Normie, who had no idea what an aspiration was. But Stan the Man became his mentor, helping select his hits, including It Ain't Necessarily So, Que Sera Sera and Shakin' All Over. In August 1966, Normie relocated to London, where he met his hero, Otis Redding, became mates with Kiki Dee, and toured with Gene Pitney and The Troggs. He also recorded It's Not Easy with a 36-piece orchestra and 20-voice choir, backed by Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. It was Normie's last Top 10 hit. In September 1967, Go-Set broke the news: "King Normie has lost his throne to become a private in the Commonwealth of Australia's army." "I won't back out," Normie said, and he didn't, serving with distinction in Vietnam. When Normie was in the army, Johnny Farnham took his King of Pop crown. Looking back on the "wild days" of the '60s, Normie laments: "If I have a flaw in my character, it's my sense of responsibility. So I didn't have all the sex and all the drugs, but I did have plenty of rock 'n' roll, because I knew that rock 'n' roll couldn't cause me too much danger." In 1966, Stan Rofe wrote: "There will never be another Normie Rowe. He is Australia's Cliff Richard." How would Normie like to be remembered? "As one of the quintessential Australian performers." Mission accomplished. Normie - who was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2005, dedicating the honour to Vietnam veterans - has never stopped working. "I'm always doing a show somewhere." Indeed, he remains Australian music's ultimate survivor. As his good friend Johnny Young once told him, "What doesn't kill ya, grows ya."


CUMMINGS AND GOINGS

The year has just started, but Stephen Cummings has already revealed that his upcoming shows with Shane O'Mara, at The Spotted Mallard on 10 Feb and Brisbane on 18 Feb, will be our only chance to see them together this year. "So be there or we will cry," Stephen says.


HOT LINE
"Brace yourself, because nothing's coming and it's gonna fuck you when it arrives" - The Harlots, On My Way.


CHART WATCH
Amy Shark jumps from 42 to 13.

Chameleon PNAU (number seven)
Call On Me STARLEY (10)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (12)
Adore AMY SHARK (13)
Move Your Body SIA (34)
Catch 22 ILLY FEATURING ANNE-MARIE (40)

Kasey Chambers scored her fifth number one album, the first Aussie chart-topper for 2017.

Dragonfly KASEY CHAMBERS (number one, debut)
Endless THE McCLYMONTS (six)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (10)
Skeleton Tree NICK CAVE (16)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (17)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (21)
The Very Very Best CROWDED HOUSE (24)
Skin FLUME (25)
This Is Acting SIA (26)
The Best Of COLD CHISEL (30)
The Best Of THE WIGGLES (31)
The Very Best INXS (32)
50 Best Songs PLAY SCHOOL (35)
Xenocide AVERSIONS CROWN (38, debut)
Lovelight THE LACHY DOLEY GROUP (40, debut)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Satellite THE HARLOTS
River of Gold THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Adore AMY SHARK
A Man Is The Water FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK
It's Not Easy NORMIE ROWE

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