Robie Porter

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Robie Porter
Birth name Robert George Porter
Also known as Rob E.G.
Born (1942-06-04) 4 June 1942 (age 72)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres country, pop-rock
Occupations Musician, producer
Instruments lap steel guitar
Years active 1959–current
Labels Rex, Festival, Sparmac, Wizard, Musique
Associated acts Daddy Cool

Robie Porter (born Robert George Porter 4 June 1942) is an Australian country, pop-rock musician, producer and record label owner.[1][2]

Beginning in 1959 he performed under the stage name Rob E.G. and recorded lap steel guitar instrumentals or covers of country-style vocals. On the local Sydney music charts he provided four top ten hits including two No. 1 hits with "Si Senor" and "55 Days at Peking".[3] From 1970 Porter ran an independent record label, Sparmac, and produced three LPs for Daddy Cool.[2][4][5][6]

Biography[edit]

Robert George Porter was born in 1942 and raised in Ashfield, New South Wales, a suburb of Sydney.[1][2] He reluctantly took steel guitar lessons from the age of eight - he wanted to play football instead.[2] Sydney TV show Bandstand featured hits from the UK and US played by Australian artists. As Rob E.G., Porter made his TV debut in 1959 performing the lap steel guitar instrumental "Sleep Walk" (originally by Santo & Johnny); he was soon signed to Rex Records and became a Bandstand regular.[1][2] His first single, "Your Cheatin' Heart", a cover of the Hank Williams hit, appeared in February 1960.[1][2] In 1961, Porter received severe spinal injuries in a car accident, he adapted his playing style and continued to record.[2] Top ten hits in Sydney include, instrumentals "Si Senor (I Theenk)" which peaked at #1 in May 1962, "Jezabel" at #2 in May 1963, and "55 Days at Peking" at #1 in July; and the vocal single "When You're Not Near" at #7 in August 1964.[1] Although not as popular in Melbourne, these four singles also peaked into the top ten.[1]

On the advice of The Beatles' manager, Brian Epstein, Porter moved to the UK in 1964 where he wrote and recorded singles for Festival Records but had no chart success.[1] During 1967 he moved to the USA and appeared in several television shows: Malibu U, Popendity, Daniel Boone, Mannix and The Immortal.[3][7] In 1969 Porter co-starred in the movie Three.[7]

In 1970, Porter was back in Australia where he purchased a controlling share of independent record label, Sparmac. He recorded three of his own singles for Sparmac before focusing on managing and promoting bands and producing records. Porter produced three of doo wop rock band Daddy Cool's LPs including their debut 1971 album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, which peaked at #1 and became the highest selling Australian album at the time.[4] Other Sparmac artists included Rick Springfield and Healing Force.[1][2][3] In 1973 Porter started a new label, Wizard in partnership with Steve Binder, with Daddy Cool and Springfield the new label also signed Hush, Mighty Kong and Marcia Hines.[1][2][3] Porter and Binder also managed Springfield and introduced him to the US market.[3]

He co-wrote the song "Shining" with Jill Wagner-Porter, which was recorded by Marcia Hines on her 1976 LP album Shining, and also wrote "Empty" and "A Love Story" on that album.

In the 1980s, Porter produced albums for Air Supply, Tommy Emmanuel and The Nauts.[3] He returned to the US to live and worked in television production and as a horse breeder. During 2006 Porter formed another record label named, Musique, with flautist Jane Rutter.[8]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Playing Hawaiian Guitar - Festival (FL31338) (1964)
  • The Voice And The Guitar: the vocal & instrumental hits of - Festival (FL31473) (1964)
  • Australia's Great Singing Star - MGM (E/SE 4397) (1966)
  • The Heart of the Matter - MGM (E/SE-4458) (1966)
  • Sings - Festival FL-32041 (1968)
  • The Guitar Sounds of - Summit (SRA 250 049) (1970)
  • 5,4,3,2,1: The Festival File - Festival (L-19003) (1988)

EPs[edit]

  • The Great Instrumentals - Festival (FX-10809) (July 1964)
  • Adventures in Paradise - Festival (FX-10869) (December 1964)
  • Sings Country and Western - Festival (FX-10527) (1965)
  • Hawaii Tattoo - Festival (FX-10995) (December 1964)

Singles[edit]

(released as Rob E. G.)

  • "Your Cheatin' Heart"/"Seven Foot Two" - Rex (RS-007) (1960)
  • "Do You Love Me"/"Whiplash" - Pye (PP-056) (August 1960)
  • "My First Love"/"Railroadin'" - Pye (PP-056) (December 1960)
  • "Si Senor (I Theenk)"/"SwanRiver (Twist)" - Festival (FK-210) (1962)
  • "5-4-3-2-1 Zero"/"Jamacian Farewell" - Festival (FK-274) (1962)
  • "Jezebel"/"Road to Cimmaron" - Festival (FK-358) (May 1963)
  • "55 Days At Peking"/Greenhorn" - Festival (FK-403) (June 1963)
  • "Soul"/Cotton Pickin'" - Festival (FK-480) (1963)
  • "Carmen"/"Senorita" - Festival (FK-533) (March 1964)
  • "Tim-buc-too"/"Adventures in Paradise" - Festival (FK-634) (May 1964)
  • "When You're Not Near"/"Aloha Oe" - Festival (FK-677) (July 1964)
  • "Dear Miss Honey"/"When You're in Love" - Festival (FK-1189) (1966)

(released as Robie Porter)

  • "I've Often Wondered"/"Heartache, Hurry On By" - Festival (FK-1324) (1966)
  • "Either Way I Lose"/"Born" - Festival (FK-1429) (1966)
  • "Either Way I Lose"/"Let it Be Me" - MGM (MGM 1313, UK) (1966)
  • "I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do"/"No One Lives in My World" - Festival (FK-1743) (March 1967)
  • "That's The Way Love Is"/"Yesterday Years" - Festival (FK-1959) (1967)
  • "You Could End The World"/"Sure Has Been Good Lovin' You Baby" - Festival (FK-2112)(January 1968)
  • "Writing's On The Wall"/"If You'd Let Me" - Festival (FK-2318) (April 1968)
  • "Gemini"/"He is Not Me" - Sparmac (SPR003) (August 1970)
  • "Santa Claus (and We Love Him)"/"Funky Version" - Sparmac (SPR006) (1970)
  • "Try to Find More Love (There Must be a Reason)"/"Empty" - Sparmac (SPR007) (March 1971)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Encyclopedia entry for 'Robie E.G.'". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86448-768-2. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Nimmervoll, Ed. "Rob E G". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 30 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Producers & Engineers – Robie Porter". Milesago. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  4. ^ a b Kimball, Duncan. "Daddy Cool". Milesago: Australasian Music & Popular Culture 1964–1975. Archived from the original on 7 March 2008. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Daddy Cool". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 24 September 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Robie Porter". Passagen.se. Australian Rock Database (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Robie Porter". Internet Movie Database (IMDb). Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  8. ^ Solo to Symphony. Accessed December 8, 2006. "Jane Rutter."

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