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Clips (6)

  1. Part one of five from this full length documentary (for viewers within New Zealand only).

  2. Part two of five from this full length documentary (for viewers within New Zealand only).

  3. Part three of five from this full length documentary (for viewers within New Zealand only).

  4. Part four of five from this full length documentary (for viewers within New Zealand only).

  5. Part five of five from this full length documentary (for viewers within New Zealand only).

  6. The credits for this documentary.

Synopsis

The troubled career of one of NZ’s greatest entertainers is examined in this documentary. John Rowles went from a childhood in Kawerau to stardom in London at 21; but, after headlining in Las Vegas and Hawaii, he saw it all slip away. Those roofing ads and near bankruptcy followed — but Rowles has retained his self belief, his looks and his voice. A stellar cast of interviewees including Sir Cliff Richard, Tom Jones, and Neil Finn analyses his strengths and weaknesses; while John’s sister, Cheryl Moana Marie, explains the personal cost of his greatest hit.

Credits (7)

 Glenn Elliott
 Simon Mark-Brown
 John Rowles

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Comments (17)

 Bev Brooks Nevin

Bev Brooks Nevin

John and I had a relationship during his years in Hawaii. My name is Bev Brooks & when my parents came to Hawaii~ John asked for my hand~ during a show at The Royal Hawaiian Hotel. We never took it further than that but, we were in love and I have wonderful memories of our time together. Please give John my best wishes & Aloha.

 Lillian

Lillian

I fell for his voice, his looks and a beautiful tenderness he brings to heart. All these years later, I still get goose bumps when I hear him sing, he brings tears of joy listening to him. Thank you so much for sharing your gift of looks and voice. Love you .

 Lyn C

Lyn C

The most successfull international entertainer that has ever left our shores. His voice sets my heart on fire, with the magical depth of feeling that only John Rowles has. What a beautiful man, heart and soul. God Bless You

 Helen Huff

Helen Huff

John has a beautiful voice and I am really enjoying his "Hits
Collection". My ukulele group are working on perfecting Cheryl Moana Marie. Bless you John!

 Linda Vella

Linda Vella

When is John Rowles coming to Brisbane all my LOVE Linda

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Quotes

You see Robbie Williams today? He’s got nothing on me, mate. 
He is the penultimate showman. 
To me it was hugely traumatic and it’s only in recent years that I’ve come to appreciate that it’s quite a lovely thing to have a song named after you and also it’s a beautiful song. 
I just felt the time had come to tell the story of my lifetime achievements and mishaps. I didn't mind the negativity. I felt it was all part of the story and hopefully it is something young singers and performers can learn from.