New Single – Fisk, Fisk & Howe – ‘The Highwayman’
Following its media release on CRS 197, The Highwayman entered the Country Tracks Chart at #35, spent two weeks at #24 , then climbed twenty places to #4. It remained in the chart for eighteen weeks !
You can read more about it by clicking here…
Latest News: In the special Top 40 Country Tracks Chart for 2017, The Highwayman was #11 overall for the year AND #1 most played in the Group/Band category! Thank you to everyone in radioland for your support.
On 30th November 2017, Frank Ifield celebrated his 80th Birthday with a party on-board the Rhythmboat, cruising Sydney Harbour. It was a star-studded affair attended by Judy Stone, Rob E.G., Frankie Davidson, Glenn A. Baker, Graham Webb, Benny Elias, Nicki Gillis, Wayne Horsburgh, Tommy Moeller from Unit 4 + 2, and Alan Lancaster from Status Quo to name just a few! Bob was delighted to deliver one of the speeches and he told anecdotes from his first meeting with Frank in 1982, becoming his Musical Director in the U.K. in 1984, through to the current day. As you can see in the photo (above right), Frank was royally amused! The photo being displayed behind Bob has a history…
This image of Frank Ifield and Bob Howe was taken at the Corby Fun Day in the U.K. on 21st July 1985 by photographer Peter Gwilt. Frank donated his fringed suede jacket to the Coventry Music Museum where it is currently exhibited. The museum’s book ‘Articles In Sound‘ includes this photo, along with Bob’s description of Frank and the jacket. ‘Articles In Sound’ is also available as a free ios or Android app.
22nd November 2017:
Today I was honoured to be one of the ‘Golden Boys of Aussie Rock’n’Roll’ (Junior rank) alongside the legendary LUCKY STARR and ROLAND STORM at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Penrith.
Thanks go to maestro Greg Hooper and his band of merry men – Bill Kezelos and John Coker – for the brilliant musical accompaniment and to the staff of The Joan for their great support.
I first worked with Lucky in the late seventies and later with Roland in the eighties. It was a privilege to share the concert stage with them again.
Bob is proud to be a featured musician on the single ‘Don’t Fly Too High’
by “Australia’s King of Country Rock” – JADE HURLEY.
28th October 2017: At ‘The Juniors’ club, with Jack Gatto – ELVIS: That’s The Way It Was
L to R: Briget, Jacqueline, Peter, Jack, Alan, Leon and Bob
Congratulations to NICKI GILLIS –
#1 on the UK Hotdisc charts for three weeks!
From Nicki: 7th August 2017: Very excited to wake up to the news today that my new single “In the Daylight” entered the UK Hotdisc Chart at #14!
It takes a team of people to make things happen…I can’t do it all on my own…. so I would like to thank… Bob Howe for co-writing and producing the single. Your patience is incredible!
My best friend Tracey Fickling for your courage and inspiration!! My manager and business partner Tracy Dann for your amazing support! A super big thank you to Ozan Fikri and the team at Fikri Films for the video! We had fun filming despite how cold it really was!! And to my Mum Lucy D’Olimpio, for your absolute love and support. – Nicki xx
|Pictured above, Bob, Greg and Wayne in front of the Swanpool Hall (photo by Phil) and pictured above right, Greg, Wayne and Bob on the Swanpool Hall/Cinema stage (photo by Brooke).||
Wayne Horsburgh’s ‘Love That Country Music’ show has been on the road again. First to the NSW/Victoria border for a fantastic show as part of the Corowa Country Music Roundup, and then further south to Swanpool. This was the area where Wayne grew up and he first sang at the Swanpool Hall at the age of eight! Now also home to a wonderful local cinema, ‘Love That Country Music’ played to a sold-out crowd and a rousing homecoming reception for Wayne.
Sightseeing: Wayne, Bob and Greg in front of the nearby Swanpool Uniting Church, as featured on the cover of Wayne’s ‘The Old Country Church’ album which was produced by Bob and Michael Vidale (photo by Phil Keast).
The Hartwood Campfires & Country Music Festival is held at Hartwood, a 1680-
It’s always great to get a personal endorsement for your latest CD album, especially when it comes from a bona fide pop music legend…Frank Ifield!
Frank was especially pleased that I chose to duet with not one, but three winners of the Frank Ifield International Spur Award:-
Nicki Gillis (on Love Hurts), Wayne Horsburgh (on Bye Bye Love) and Donna Fisk (on The Highwayman).
The Highwayman track also features Gene Bradley Fisk along with Donna Fisk and myself – perhaps the first multi-generational, mixed-gender version of Jimmy Webb’s brilliant song.
You can read more about it by clicking here…
I hope you enjoy it!
At the Canterbury Country show in Sydney, FRANK IFIELD presented the 2017 Frank Ifield International Spur Award
(in association with Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club and Galston Rotary Club) to….TROY KEMP !!
The cast of the show (L to R) :- NICKI GILLIS, KENNY KITCHING, BOB HOWE, WAYNE HORSBURGH,
FRANK IFIELD, EMMA HANNAH, MATT McNEILLY, AMELIA RICHARDS, TROY KEMP
Above right: Backstage at Canterbury-Hurlstone Park RSL Club for a ‘Celebration of Australian Songs & Singers’
with multi-award winners Bob Howe, Nicki Gillis and Greg Hooper plus Greg Hayes -Tribute to Slim Dusty.
L to R: Greg Hooper, Malcolm Hamerston (drums), Greg Hayes, Nicki Gillis, Bob Howe
|Ringing in the New Year with music and laughs – The SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES show at Matraville RSL Club in Sydney. L to R: Bob Howe, Graeme Fisher, Tony Hogan, Barbara Montgomery, Rick James, Michael Agosti.|