Australian artist / producer Robie Porter (Rob EG) has died aged 80 after battling dementia.
Robie was born in Sydney in 1941 and made his first television appearance on Bandstand performing “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny.
Porter had his first hit as Rob EG in 1960 with ‘Whiplash’ (no.12) and a total of eight Top 40 hits in Australia between 1960 and 1964 including two numbers one ‘Si Senor’ (1962) and ’55 Days In Peking ‘(1963).
In 1964, Beatles manager Brian Epstein suggested that Robie move to the UK where he continued to record for Festival Records. He moved to the United States in 1967 and tried his hand at acting, with roles in “Daniel Boone”, “Mannix” and a role in the film “Three”, alongside Sam Waterson and Charlotte Rampling. .
Porter was the in-house producer for Sparmac Records, Melbourne’s independent label in the 1970s. Porter produced Daddy Cool’s 1971 classic, “Daddy Who?” Daddy Cool ‘, including the hits’ Eagle Rock’ and ‘Come Back Again’. The album was at one point the best-selling Australian album of all time.
– Ross Wilson (@rosswilsonmusic) December 16, 2021
In 1973, Robie created his own label Wizard Records. Wizard developed the careers of Marcia Hines, Hush and Rick Springfield and again released Ross Wilson in his post-Daddy Cool Mighty Kong group.
Robie has produced recordings for Colleen Hewett, Tommy Emmanuel and Air Supply, including Air Supply’s first major US hit, “All Out of Love.”
In 2017, Robie received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the music industry.
Robie Porter died on December 16, 2021. His death was announced via his social media pages.
Robert George Porter OAM died on December 16, 2021 at the age of 80 from a battle with dementia. Acclaimed performer (known to many as Rob EG) and award-winning producer, Robie has done his life’s work to bring Australian talent to world fame, receiving the Order of Australia Medal for his accomplishments. As the world will remember his music, his children will remember his amazing work ethic, his wit, his top notch cooking skills in scrambled eggs, his love of ice cream and a day at the races. He lives with his children Kristopher and Geodana and his grandchildren Alexander and Luke.
A memorial service will be scheduled in Sydney in early 2022 pending Covid-19 status. In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be made to the Dementia Australia Research Foundation.
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