Music icon returns on Saturday
If anyone has earned the title ‘living Kiwi musical legend’, it’s John Rowles. When the singer with the distinctive rich baritone burst on to the scene in the 60s, his songs charted alongside those of the era’s heavyweights Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck.
If I Only Had Time made number-3 on the UK Top 10 and Hush, Not a Word To Mary made the UK top-20. The popularity of Cheryl Moana Marie, the song John wrote for one of his sisters, knows no bounds.
From making his first stage appeance as a 10-year-old singing All Shook Up, ‘the Kawerau Kid’ went on to tour Europe and Australasia, enjoy fame as a cabaret entertainer in Las Vegas and Hawaii, and record over 30 albums. His latest is The Greatest Song of All, and he’s bringing the album launch party to the Globe Theatre this Saturday night.
Globe manager Bruce Warwick says John and long-time MD Karl Benton will be performing the hits.
‘‘He hasn’t been to Palmerston North for a while and is really looking forward to his first Globe appearance. He has a great rapport with his audience and there’ll be the chance to meet him and shake his hand after the show.’’
‘‘There’ll be the chance to meet John Rowles after the show.