Friday, 28 February 2014

John Rowles - John Rowles

By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Domino/If I Only Had Time/It Takes Two/Lonely Street/Only You/
Honey/Walk In The Sun/I Really Don't Want To Know/Do It/Love Of The World/Dock Of The Bay

John Edward Rowles OBE (born 26 March 1947) is a New Zealand singer. He was most popular in the 1970s and early 1980s, and best known in New Zealand for his song Cheryl Moana Marie, which he had written about his younger sister.

Rowles was born in Whakatane, New Zealand, and is part Māori. His father, Eddie Hohapata Rowles, played for the 1938 Māori All Blacks. His mother was Pākehā. He was brought up in Kawerau, in the North Island of New Zealand. Rowles' birth name was simply John Rowles; he added the middle name "Edward" after his brother of that name died at a young age.

Rowles is best known in New Zealand and Australia, though he has also performed in the United States, particularly Las Vegas, Nevada and Hawaii, where he was managed by Kimo Wilder McVay. In the United Kingdom he was best known for the hit "If I Only Had Time", which reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in spring 1968, and stayed in the chart for eighteen weeks. This was a cover version of the French song "Je n'aurai pas le temps" with which the French singer Michel Fugain, had a hit in 1967.

Rowles had another Top 20 hit in the UK with "Hush... Not a Word to Mary", also in 1968

Stockley See Mason Band - Beg Steal Or Borrow

Endless Love/The One And Only/Paradise For Fools/How Come You're Never Home When I Call/Blue Horizon/The Last One To Know/ Eldorado/Lucy/Beg Steal Or Borrow

The Stockley See Mason Band is a super group of sorts with three established guitarists. This is the SSM Band’s only album from 1979 “Beg Steal Or Borrow”. As would be obvious to those who are into knowing who the musos are in the bands we loved back then, each of these 3 guys already had an amazing pedigree as guitarists, singers & songwriters with some of our best bands when they came together in 1978.  Chris Stockley had played in Cam-Pact, Axiom, The Dingoes, Greg Quill’s Southern Cross & had tenures with Rock Doctors, Jimmy Barnes & Broderick Smith among many others to come.

 Same See had been an early member of Sherbet before making his name with Flying Circus, Fraternity, Greg Quill’s Southern Cross & later on John Farnham’s band, Goanna, Zarzoff Brothers & again Brod Smith.

 Add Glyn Mason’s pedigree & it’s very apparent what a talented band we have her. Glyn came to Australia from NZ with The Rebels (formerly Larry’s Rebels), then quickly found himself part of the Chain line-up that recorded Live & Live Again. After replacing Jeff St John in Copperwine for a short time he formed the groundbreakinbg country rock group Home who recorded 2 albums, then he joined Mike Rudd in Ariel to share vocals & writing duties. He was also a prominent performer at the Andy Durant Memorial Concert.”

Saturday, 15 February 2014

The Zimmermen - Rivers Of Corn

Don't Go To Sydney / Push And Shove / I'm Happy / No One Else / I Like To Fight With My Wife / Seventeen / Happy Heart / Shake Down / Get Off The Phone / Ordinary Man / I Shall Return

A pun on Bob Dylan's real name, Robert Zimmermen, John Dowler's Australian country-rock outfit Zimmermen are best remembered for their standout hit "Don't Go to Sydney." After working with several bands during the late '70s and early '80s, John Dowler formed Zimmermen in June 1983. They found immediate success on the Melbourne pub-circuit where they supported such acts as the Hoodoo Gurus and the Sunnyboys.

By the end of 1984, band members Steve Connolly and Michael Barclay had left to join the Paul Kelly Band (which became the Coloured Girls the following year). Guitarist Peter Tulloch and drummer Graeme Perry replaced them for the group's debut single, "Don't Go to Sydney," released in January 1985. It became one of the most successful Australian independent singles of 1986 and, after Neil Osborn joined the band as permanent drummer, the band released their debut album, Rivers of Corn, which contained the single "Ordinary Man." (All Music Guide)

Here is that debut album, which was released on Au-Go-Go Records in 1986. Those Lobby Loyde fans amongst us may be interested to know that he recorded two tracks on the album.