The 2016 Parkes Wall Of Fame Honouree: ROB E.G. / ROBIE PORTER – ‘The Wizard from Oz’

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Rob E.G. / Robie Porter will be the 2016 Honouree/Inductee at the annual Wall Of Fame induction ceremony in Parkes NSW, to be held on Wednesday 6th January during Parkes Elvis Festival week.

Robie Porter is Australia’s all-time #1 Hit maker, Logie Award Winner, This Is Your Life Honouree, Hall Of Famer, International star-maker, and formerly Australia’s #1 Hit Record Artist (as “Rob E.G.”) … he has done it all.

Known internationally as ‘The Wizard from Oz’, Porter has reached the #1 position in virtually every facet of the Music/Entertainment Industry in the U.S. & Australia: as a Record Producer, Songwriter, Music Publisher, Recording Artist, Singer, and Instrumentalist.  He has also been a renowned TV & movie actor in the U.S., and Network TV Series Host in the U.S. and Australia.

Rob E.G. was Australia’s #1 Hit record artist from 1962-1964. He won the Logie Award for Australia’s Top Recording Artist in 1964, as well as all of the Australian radio station and Listeners’ Awards, soon after which he left for England, basing himself in London.  As Robie Porter, he signed with MGM Records USA and charted in the Top 40 with his first single in the U.K., appeared on British Television (“Ready Steady Go”, the BBC, etc.) traveled regularly from London to New York and L.A. for TV appearances, and moved to the U.S. in 1966, where he was based for the next 46 years.  He returned to live in Australia in 2012.

Many Australians are not aware of his international accolades. Among them, in his first 2 years in America, Porter was named by the U.S music ‘bible’, Billboard Magazine:“The #1 Most Played New Singer in America on Middle-Of-The-Road Radio Stations” (‘Easy Listening’) with his 12 Singles and 3 albums for MGM.

Later, the famed Hollywood Reporter magazine listed Robie Porter, along with the legendary Quincy Jones, as “Among the Top 5 Record Producers in America”.

Billboard Magazine also named Porter, together with his business partner, American TV legend Steve Binder, “The Instigators of the Aussie Music Invasion of America”.

He was also a regular guest on U.S. TV, and Hosted the “Malibu U” US TV Series with Rick Nelson, (ABC TV), also “Popendipity” with Flip Wison, for ABC.  Altogether he has made over 250 TV appearances worldwide.

Australian musical artists discovered, signed, produced and launched internationally by Robie Porter and his Wizard Records company include Daddy Cool, Marcia Hines, Air Supply, Rick Springfield, Tommy Emmanuel,  Hush, Colleen Hewett…and Rob E.G. – all of whom had #1 Hits produced by Porter.

Under his guidance and direction, these artists have won U.S. Grammy and ARIA Awards, U.S. Song Of The Year, numerous Single of the Year and Album Of The Year Awards, and The Australian Record of The Century Award  (The Kent Report) – “Eagle Rock “.

Five of those artists have been inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame, culminating in the induction of Air Supply last year, along with Rick Springfield receiving his Star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk Of Fame.

These multi-platinum selling, iconic artists were signed by Porter to major international recording contracts, and have reached #1 on the charts on multiple occasions in Australia and/or the U.S. and around the World, collectively selling over 50 Million records worldwide.

Robie Porter’s over 40 Number 1 & Top 10 Hit singles and albums as a producer, recording artist, songwriter, and music publisher in Australia, the U.S. and throughout the world include the timeless #1 Gold & Platinum Hits:  Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool, I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Marcia Hines,

All Out of Love – Air Supply,  Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield, Bony Maronie – Hush, Dreaming My Dreams With You – Colleen Hewett, Dare To Be Different – Tommy Emmanuel.

His own #1 and Top 10 Hit singles as an artist include: 55 Days At Peking, Si Senor, Jezebel, When You’re Not Near, Whiplash, Gemini, 5-4-3-2-1 Zero, plus 5 Gold & Platinum albums.

After a 42-year hiatus from performing, Porter returned to the stage with: “The Return Of Rob E.G: – “Behind The #1 Hits” show, which he first performed in 2014 at Sold-Out charity and fundraising concerts including for Premier Mike Baird at Dee Why RSL, the Lifeline Concert at the Tamworth Country Music Festival, and then at the famed Sydney Rock’n’Roll venue, The Basement, where it broke the mid-week attendance record.

Rob E.G. at The Basement, Sydney, June 2014

Rob E.G. at The Basement, Sydney, June 2014

Other sold-out shows followed in Sydney and country NSW, along with numerous Radio & TV appearances, until a near-fatal car accident in September last year cut short Porter’s triumphant comeback, sidelining him for over a year.

To celebrate and honour his Wall Of Fame induction, Rob will make his return to the stage again during Parkes Elvis Festival week with a Special Concert:

Rob E.G./ Robie Porter: “Behind The #1 Hits,

Along with his Tribute to The KING, with Special Guests.

He will also be the Presenter/Host of two Special Events at The Parkes Elvis Festival:

STEVE BINDER Presents The ELVIS ’68 Comeback Special (5 shows), and

An Audience with STEVE BINDER (10 shows)

For further Rob E.G. / Robie Porter Information, and Interviews contact Kris Katsanis

E: kris@kriskatpublicity.com.au | M: 0414 334 348 | Ph: 02 9349 5328

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Rob E.G. - Bandstand 1962    Robie Porter - 2014

Rob E.G. – Bandstand 1962 | Robie Porter – 2014

 

Robie Porter / Rob E.G. – LIST OF HITS

Robie Porter’s over 40 Number 1 & Top 10 Hit singles and albums as a producer, recording artist, songwriter, and music publisher in Australia, the U.S. and around the world include timeless Gold & Platinum Hits:

*   Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool   

*   Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield  

*   All Out of Love – Air Supply  

*   55 Days At Peking – Rob E.G.   

*   I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Marcia Hines

*   Dreaming My Dreams With You – Colleen Hewett

*  Dare To Be Different – Tommy Emmanuel  

*   Bony Maronie – Hush

*   Shining – Marcia Hines

*   Come Back Again – Daddy Cool  

*   Jezebel – Rob E.G.

*   Don’t Talk To Strangers – Rick Springfield

*   What I Did For Love – Marcia Hines

*   Lost In Love – Air Supply

*   Determination – Tommy Emmanuel 

*   From The Inside – Marcia Hines  

*   Si Senor – Rob E.G.

*   Glad All Over – Hush

*   You – Marcia Hines  

*   Bom Bom  – Daddy Cool

*   Every Woman In The World – Air Supply

*   When You’re Not Near – Rob E.G.

*   Speak To The Sky – Rick Springfield

*   Something’s Missing In My Life – Marcia Hines

*   Gemini – Robie Porter

*   Hi Honey Ho – Daddy Cool

*   Whiplash – Rob E.G.

*   Stop In The Name Of Love – Andy Upton

*   5-4-3-2-1-Zero – Rob E.G.

*   Daddy Who? Daddy Cool

*   Marcia Shines – Marcia Hines

*   Working Class Dog – Rick Springfield

*   Ladies and Gentlemen – Marcia Hines

*   The Best Of Rob E.G.

*   C’Mon We’re Taking Over – Hush

*   Live Across Australia – Marcia Hines

*   Living In Oz – Rick Springfield

*   Rough Tough n’ Ready – Hush

*   Up From Down Under – Tommy Emmanuel

*   Jezebel & 11 Others – Rob E.G.

*   Get Rocked – Hush

*   Ooh Child – Marcia Hines

*   Beginnings – Rick Springfield

*   Play The Guitar With Rob E.G.

*   Marcia Hines’ Greatest Hits  Vols.1 & 2

*   Daddy Cool’s Greatest Hits

*   Air Supply’s Greatest Hits

*   The Guitar Sounds Of Rob E.G

*   Nothing Stays The Same Forever – Hush.

*   Sex, Dope, Rock ‘n’ Roll: Teenage Heaven – Daddy Cool

*   Daddy’s Coolest – Daddy CoolAnd more…