Sunday, 13 December 2015
I (Who Have Nothing)/I Just Don't Understand/Let Me Tell You/That's Why I Cry
Normie Rowe AM was the first and biggest male solo star of Australian pop in the 1960s. A strong singer and a natural performer, his bright, edgy tenor voice was showcased in well-chosen material, much of which was produced by the legendary Pat Aulton, house producer for the Sunshine, Spin and Festival labels. Supported by the assured performances of his backing band The Playboys, Normie cut a string of classic beat singles on the Sunshine label that kept him at the top of charts for two years and made him the most popular Australian solo singer of the "beat" era
Normie's second single, released in August, was a cover of Ben E. King's "I Who Have Nothing)"-- a song also apparently discovered while trawling through Stan Rofe's (Popular Melbourne DJ) vast record collection. It became his second successive Top Ten hit, reaching #10 in Sydney, #4 in Melbourne, #23 in Brisbane and #6 in Adelaide.