Nov 30 2017
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.