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Monday, April 1, 2013

Normie Rowe and The Playboys..The Early Anthology

Norman John "Normie" Rowe (born 1 February 1947) was a major male solo performer of Australian pop music in the 1960s. Known for his bright and edgy tenor voice and dynamic stage presence, many of Rowe's most successful recordings were produced by Nat Kipner and later by Pat Aulton, house producers for the Sunshine Records label. Backed by his band, The Playboys, Rowe released a string of Australian pop hits on the Sunshine Records label that kept him at the top of the Australian charts and made him the most popular solo performer of the mid-1960s. Rowe's double-sided hit "Que Sera Sera" / "Shakin' All Over" was one of the most successful Australian singles of the 1960s.

Between 1965 and 1967 Rowe was Australia's most popular male star but his career was cut short when he was drafted for compulsory military service in late 1967. His subsequent tour of duty in Vietnam effectively ended his pop career and he was never able to recapture the success he enjoyed at his peak.

1. Que Sera Sera (What Will Be Will Be) / 2. Shakin All Over / 3. It Ain't Necessarily So
4. Tell Him I'n Not Home / 5. I (Who Have Nothing) / 6. Call On Me / 7. Pride & Joy
8. Breaking Point / 9. Stones That I Throw / 10. Ooh La La / 11. Ya Ya
12. Gonna Leave This Town / 13. I Just Don't Understand / 14. It's Not Easy
15. Ain't Nobody Home / 16. Mary Mary / 17. Going Home / 18. I Don't Care
19. Sunshine Secret / 20. But I Know / 21. Turn Down Day / 22. Stop To Think It Over
23. Penelope / 24. Born To Be By Your Side / 25. Breakout / 26. Walking On New Glass
27. Open Up The Skies / 28. Just To Satisfy You / 29. Drinkin Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
30. Everything's Alright / 31. Lucinda / 32. You Got Style / 33. Too Bad You Don't Want Me
34. Let Me Tell You / 35. That's Why I Cry / 36. Lindy Lou / 37. Unchain My Heart
38. Bald Headed Lena / 39. I Keep Forgetting / 40. Poor Fool / 41. I Want You Back Again
42. Jump Back / 43. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) / 44. Ain't That Good News
45. Every Little Bit Hurts / 46. With Me / 47. Stormy Weather / 48. Sally Go Round The Roses
49. Do Re Mi / 50. Keep A Knockin / 51. Nursery Rhymes / 52. Could It Be
53. Far Beyond The Call Of Duty / 54. You Can't Stop Loving Me / 55. Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
56. Baby Call On Me / 57. I Confess / 58. If It Don't Work Out / 59. Can I Get A Witness
60. Tell Him I'm Not Home (Rare Ep Version) / 61. Things Go Better With Normie Rowe

new links updated 02/12/13


  1. Hi - thanks for the share. Seems to be a problem though with the archive for Disc 2. The .rar file downloads fine, but when you try to extract the tracks, there is a message that the 'archive is either in an unknown format or damaged'. Would you mind checking the archive from your end. Cheers.

    1. ..second file has now been re-uploaded..cheers