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Normie Rowe - Call On Me (1965)

(Deadric Malone [Don Robey])
Australia Australia
#4 Sydney #2 Melbourne #1 Brisbane #2 Adelaide

Single on Sunshine label. Double-sided hit with Tell Him I’m Not Home.

Song also known as Baby Call On Me or You Can Call On Me.

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: 1. Normie Rowe biography at Milesago. 2. Official site at www.normierowe.com. Thanks to Terry Stacey.

Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland - Call On Me (1963)

(Deadric Malone [Don Robey])
Original version
#22 USA

Single on Duke by gospel-influenced soul-r&b singer from Tennessee (b.1930). The other side of the record, That’s The Way Love Is, also charted, at # 33.

The writer credit is to Don Robey, owner of the Duke and Peacock labels, who used the pseudonym Deadric Malone.

See also Merv Benton’s Yield Not To Temptation, another Bobby Bland original and Deadric Malone composition.

Further reading: 1. Bobby Bland discography (1951-2001) at SoulfulKindaMusic.net. 2. Sean Elder’s comprehensive 2000 appreciation of Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland at Salon.com.