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• Are of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander descent.
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By now the Beatles and world
music had gone from mop tops to
Sgt. Pepper, and Normie was edging
ever closer to international stardom
when the biggest challenge to his
career came at the hands of the
The nation was involved in the
Vietnam War, and 20 year olds
were liable for conscription into the
military. Normie Rowe s name came
up in the first 1968 intake.
Most conscripts were selected
by a ballot of birthday dates, but
Normie would find out that his
birthday was not one of those
that was drawn out. It has been
suggested by many, that Normie
had been conscripted because of
who he was.
He served time in Vietnam,
and was one of the lucky ones to
But those two years away from
his fans cost him dearly. Australia
had a new King Of Pop in Johnny
Normie scored his last hit of
that era in May 1970 just after his
release from the Army. However
his "pop star" era had ended and
he then moved into the wonderful
training ground of the NSW
Leagues Club circuit.
Throughout this period, he
constantly worked with big bands
and the masters -- Ricky May, J
OK, Col Joye etc.
In 1975 he recorded his next
album "Out of the Norm" which
included the hit Elizabeth. He
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for Australia's Vietnam Veterans
continued to perform and record
He enjoyed two years of success
in the popular Australian soap
opera, Sons and Daughters, and
in 1987 landed the lead role of
Jean Valjean in the musical 'Les
Miserables , which he played to great
acclaim in over 600 performances.
He then appeared in leading roles
in a string of musicals, including
Annie, Chess, Evita, Cyrano, Get
Happy and Oklahoma.
In 2002 he stole the show with
his performances of Que Sera
Sera and Shakin All Over on the
hugely successful Long Way To The
Top concert series, which played
to 160,000 people Australia and
became a hit CD/DVD and national
In 2005 he was inducted into
the Australian Recording Industry
Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
In that year he was also recognized
by the Australian War Memorial
as a National hero, alongside the
likes of Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith,
Vivien Bullwinkle, Keith Miller,
Chips Rafferty and 45 other heroes
Normie Rowe has become a
leading advocate and spokesman for
the Vietnam Veterans.
He continues a hectic schedule
of live performances and has
added an "Unplugged" show "An
Audience With Normie Rowe" to
his repertoire of performance modes
and in 2006, 2007-8 saw the release
of a collection of Normie s recorded
works detailing chronologically his
recording career from 1965 to the
In 2009 Normie joined The
Governor General and Sir Jack and
Lady Margaret Brabham as National
Patrons of Kidney Health Australia
(Formerly The Kidney Foundation)
Normie continues to record
with a 7 track Extended Play CD
becoming available late March 2010.
He is also well sought after on
the major luxury cruise ships plying
the waters of the South Pacific Asia
Europe and the United States.
IT S TIME to re-register for the Do
Not Call Register for people who
signed up in 2007. This will ensure
you do not get any unwanted
Registrations for the Do Not Call
Register are valid for three years.
Anyone who signed up when
the service was launched in May
2007 should re-register now to
maintain protection from unwanted
The Chairman of the Australian
Communications and Media
Authority, Chris Chapman, said
more than one million numbers
were listed when the register was
first launched in May 2007.
'It s now time to re-register your
numbers if you want to make sure
you don t receive telemarketing
calls, Mr Chapman said.
'Any numbers not re-registered by
their three-year expiry deadline will
be automatically removed from the
'So the best way to protect
yourself from the days when
you d sit down to dinner and the
telemarketing calls would start is to
re-register your numbers now.
More than 4.3 million home,
mobile and VoIP numbers are now
listed on the Do Not Call Register.
According to a recent ACMA
survey, 93 per cent of people who
registered their landlines noticed a
marked reduction of telemarketing
Mr Chapman said anyone in any
doubt about when they listed their
numbers should re-register them
'It s fast, free and easy -- simply
call 1300 792 958 or go to www.
donotcall.gov.au, where you can
learn more and re-register, Mr
Re-register now to avoid
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