Normie Rowe will mark his 50th anniversary this weekend performing in a venue that 50 years ago was the same room where he recorded his first single.
Rowe will release ‘Frenzy’! The 50th Anniversary Collection’ this Friday (June 5, 2015) and on Saturday night perform at Memo Music Hall in St Kilda, which 50 years ago was Telfil Studios, managed by Bill Armstrong, who went on to found the legendary AAV Studios.
Rwoie’s debut single ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ was recorded in Armstrong’s St Kilda studio which more recently was where Tim Rogers filmed his TV show for MAXTV and is now Melbourne’s newest music venue Memo Music Hall.
Normie Rowe went on to become Australia’s biggest popstar in the 60s but was set up by LNP Prime Minister Harold Holt and as a pin-up boy for the war, conscripted into the Australian army and shipped off to the unwinnable Vietnam War. Years later Rowe learned Holt wanted “Australia’s Elvis” for his own propaganda. When Rowe returned, the pop fans and moved on and the new faces of Ronnie Burns and John Farnham replaced him.
Regardless, Rowe has endured a remarkable career across decades and will perform the songs that made him famous at a series of launches across Australia in June.
Normie Rowe album launches
June 6, Melbourne, Memo Music Hall
June 20, Sydney, The Basement
June 25, Brisbane, Kedron-Wavell Services Club
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