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Normie Rowe & The Playboys - The Stones I Throw (1966)

(J.R. [Robbie] Robertson)
Australia Australia
#10 Melbourne #6 Brisbane #7 Sydney #12 Adelaide

Single on Sunshine label, double-sided hit with Pride And Joy.

Melbourne singer Normie Rowe became Australia’s top teen idol of the late 60s and the star of Ivan Dayman’s Sunshine label. He had a string of hits in Australia from 1965, recorded four singles in London, toured Britain and America, and even inspired a tribute song, Norman-Normie. After he was conscripted to serve in Vietnam he never regained his earlier ‘King of Pop‘ status, but he re-established himself as a respected performer, especially on stage, starring in such productions as Les Miserables and Annie.

Further reading: Full biography at Milesago. Official site at www.normierowe.com

Levon And The Hawks - The Stones I Throw (1965)

(J.R. [Robbie] Robertson)
Original version

Formerly the backing band of rock singer Ronnie Hawkins, an early form of The Band.

Written by Robbie Robertson of The Band.

Single on Atco label, song also known as The Stones I Throw (Will Heal All Men).

Further reading: Notes on Normie Rowe's version at the definitive Band website

Thanks to Dave Overett.