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Born in Whakatane in 1947, John Rowles was destined to be a performer. His first stage appearance was at age 10 when he entered a local talent quest and won first prize singing 'All Shook Up'.
Moving to Auckland as a 16-year-old, John got a job as a guitar player in a club and when the vocalist became ill he took over the singing. Releasing his first single as a soloist in 1966, John's career really took off in early 1968 with release in England of 'If I Only Had Time'/'Now Is The Hour', which was a huge hit, reaching #3 on the British charts, #6 in Australia and #2 in New Zealand.
Returning to New Zealand, John performed at sell-out concerts as New Zealand's biggest international star. That year, he was also awarded the NEBOA 'Entertainer Of The Year'.
In 1969 John released the song he is most famous for, 'Cheryl Moana Marie'. John performed worldwide, and started singing in hotels in the USA, basing himself in Hawaii.
In1980 John was awarded the OBE for his contribution to the music industry. Throughout the years John has continued to take centre stage performing live and the albums have kept coming.
John danced for The Project Hope Foundation