John Rowles Profile

aka Ja-Ar
Adam Gifford
4 Jun 2013

Seeing John Rowles play an intimate Sunday afternoon showcase at the Auckland casino feels like a privilege.

Here’s the Māori boy from Kawerau, who for a brief moment became one of the world’s biggest ballad singers, back home playing not a large concert hall but a bar so small you could reach out and shake his hand.

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A mid-1970s John Rowles publicity shot
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The original UK single for John Rowles. If I Only Had Time was a No.3 hit in 1968.
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John Rowles, Ladies and Gentlemen (1969) - NZ On Screen
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Sway (in Sydney, 1960s)
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Live in the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Room, 1970s
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John Rowles' first show in Wellington after his international success in the late 1960s, with Allison Durbin on 28 February, 1969
Photo credit: Ken Cooper collection
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Thunderball (in Sydney, 1960s)
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Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini (in Sydney, 1960s)
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John Rowles at 95bFM with DJ Mikey Havoc in the mid 2000s
Photo credit: Photo by Mark Roach
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A 19 yr old Ja-Ar does Satisfaction on Australian TV, 1966
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A late 1970s John Rowles publicity shot
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John Rowles in the late 1960s
Photo credit: Gisborne Photo News
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Ja-Ar - At The End Of A Rainbow (in Sydney, 1960s)
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Maria (in Sydney, 1960s)
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Mary In The Morning (in Sydney, 1960s)
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John Rowles with Mikey Havoc at 96bFM in the mid 2000s
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Don't Be Cruel (in Sydney, 1960s)
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If I Only Had Time
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Kaingatuturu
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John Rowles in Hawaii in the 1970s
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The Sundowners with John Rowles - Billy Nuku (back left), Triggy Delano (middle back), Eddie Low (left front), John Rowles (right front)
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John Rowles performs a tribute to the late Sir Howard Morrison at the 2009 New Zealand Music Awards
Photo credit: Courtesy of Recorded Music New Zealand
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John Rowles 2013
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If I Only Had Time (alternate video)
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Record Mirror gets it right - producer Mike Leander with John Rowles in 1968
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Please Help Me I'm Falling
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John Rowles and friend in the early 1970s
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John Rowles in the early 1970s
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Cheryl Moana Marie (Live at the 2011 APRA Silver Scrolls with The Vietnam War)
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A ticket for John Rowles' show in Hawaii in 1970
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Live performance of Cheryl Moana Marie, 1976 live TV special
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2013 Anthology
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Cliff and John, 1968
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The Shadows in 1963: John Rowles, Andy Tioke, Patrick Ratana, Sam Ngataki, Paul Tioke and Ruri Williams
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A late 1973 John Rowles tour programme. The tour, as with many of his 1970s shows, was promoted by Phil Warren and tour managed by Ken Cooper, who has continued to work with Rowles into the 21st Century.
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A late 1970s John Rowles publicity shot
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Girl Girls Girls (in Sydney, 1960s)
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John Rowles, from Live Back Home, Pye 1973.
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If I Only Had Time (the French video)
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John Rowles in Rave magazine, June 1968
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John Rowles reflects on Cheryl Moana Marie (from documentary The Secret Life of John Rowles)
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The Sundowners in Sydney: Billy Nuku (back right), Triggy Delano (middle front), Eddie Low (right front), John Rowles (left back), Nephi Shortland (middle back), Ian Franklin (left front)
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Spanish Harlem (in Sydney, 1960s)
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John Rowles with Norman and Ruth Kirk, 1973
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