MUSIC

Normie Rowe A.M.
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Normie was born in Melbourne on February 1st, 1947.

Vietnam veteran and former King of Pop in 1968 with big hits such as Que Sera Sera. His singing career began as a 13 year old with the Thunderbirds.

At 21 he was in an armoured personnel carrier in Vietnam seeing mates die around him.

Whilst rebuilding his career, his seven year old son Adam was killed in 1979 in a Melbourne road accident while riding his bicycle.

Normie was awarded the Order of Australia in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his service to the community, veterans and the entertainment industry.

In 1998 his face was used on a series of postage stamps by Australia Post commemorating the greats of Australian pop.

He now does stage work with the lead in Les Miserables and the musical Cyrano de Bergerac.

Normie had a punch-up on telly with Won Casey (Ron Casey) a few years ago, but Won was to land the Nokia out punch on himself later on when he mistook, on air, Nokia as being a Japanese telephone manufacturer instead of being Finnish. That gaffe was the finish as far as Won's bosses were concerned.

Rowe, an outspoken campaigner against drugs in the entertainment industry, asked at the end of February '99 to address a special sitting of the NSW Parliament and the State Premiers meeting with John Howard in March '99 to tell them how he weaned his daughter off heroin over a 12 month period and to offer some insight into what they should be doing to win the battle against drugs.

Note that Normie is A.M. and John Howard is P.M., so time will tell if he gets his wish.

Normie's in trouble again! On 8th April, 1999, Stormin' Norman was fined $500 for assaulting his daughter's boyfriend. Saying to His Honour that he was only protecting his family, Normie was convicted for hitting the lad three times with a broom.

The conviction was quashed on appeal when the judiciary saw the nonsense of the original conviction.


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