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Saturday, 12 December 2009

Post 205 - Robie Porter - Santa Claus (And We Love Him)

Robie Porter was born in 1942 in Sydney, New South Wales. He is an Australian country, pop/rock musician, producer and record label owner. Beginning in 1959 he performed under the stage name Rob E.G. and recorded lap steel guitar instrumentals. 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 "Sleepwalk" originally by Santo & Johnny. He recorded top ten hits in Sydney that included, "Si Senor (I Theenk)" which peaked at #1 in May 1962, "Jezebel" 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. Although these were not as popular in Melbourne. 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. During 1967 he moved to the USA and appeared in several television shows. In 1970, Porter moved 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 producing records. Porter produced three of Daddy Cool's LPs including their debut 1971 album, Daddy Who? Daddy Cool, which went to #1. Other Sparmac artists included Rick Springfield & Healing Force. 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. In the 80s, Porter produced albums for Air Supply, Tommy Emmanuel and The Nauts. He returned to the US to live and worked in television production and as a horse breeder. Here to download is he's 1970 single Santa Claus (And We Love Him) (SPR006) penned by Robie. This was one of 3 singles he recorded for his Sparmac label, the others were "Gemini" 1970 and "Try And Find More Love" 1971. The B side is also here to download, the same song only a Funky Version.

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