Pop Archives

Normie Rowe - Ain’t Nobody Home (1966)

(Jerry Ragovoy)
Australia Australia
#2 Sydney #1 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #4 Adelaide

Single on Sunshine label, double-sided hit with Ooh La La.

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: Detailed biography at Milesago. The official site is at www.normierowe.com


Howard Tate - Ain’t Nobody Home (1966)

(Jerry Ragovoy)
USA USA
Original version

Howard Tate (1939-2011): legendary and influential soul singer, notably produced by Jerry Ragovoy. Active from the early 60s to the mid-70s, he reappeared after years of obscurity to record a new album, Rediscovered, produced by Ragovoy, released in 2003.

Jerry Ragovoy's writing credits include Time Is On My Side (Kai Winding, Irma Thomas, Rolling Stones) and – with Bert Berns – Piece Of My Heart (Erma Franklin, Janis Joplin).

Ain't Nobody Home: single on Verve charted #12 on R&B charts and in the #60s on mainstream US charts. Also appeared on 1966 Verve album Get It While You Can.)


Dinah Washington - Ain’t Nobody Home (1957)

(Marvin Fisher - Jack Segal)
USA USA
Red herring

Same title but not the same song as "Ain’t Nobody Home" by Normie Rowe.

Single on Mercury label.


Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers - Ain’t Nobody Home (1967)

(Jerry Ragovoy)
UK UK
Later version

Recorded at Abbey Road in 1967, released in 1998 on Cliff Bennett at Abbey Road.

Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers were first formed in 1959, recorded with Joe Meek from 1961, and were signed to Brian Epstein in 1964. Their best known song was a hit version of The Beatles' Got To Get You Into My Life (1966, #6 UK), produced by Paul McCartney.

References, further reading: 1. Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers at British Beat Boom. 2. Recording details at MusicPopInfo.com.


B.b. King - Ain’t Nobody Home (1971)

(Jerry Ragovoy)
USA USA
Later version
#46 USA

Single on ABC label.


Bonnie Raitt - Ain’t Nobody Home (1974)

(Jerry Ragovoy)
USA USA
Later version

On 1974 album Streetlights, produced by Jerry Ragovoy.