Marty Rhone was born Karel Lawrence van Rhoon in the Dutch East Indies in 1948.
His family moved to Australia in the 1950s and he appeared on a talent quest segment of the Tarax Show television series and was offered a singing spot on a children’s show called Kaper Kabaret.
After appearing on teen music show, Saturday Date in 1965 Rhone was signed to a recording contract and released his debut single, Nature Boy.
For his next two singles, Thirteen Women and I Want You Back Again, he was backed by label mates, The Soul Agents – a respected Sydney band comprising Marty Van Wynk, John Green, Barry Kelly, Gerry Dean and Roger Felice-Andrews.
None of his singles charted and in March 1970 Rhone was conscripted for National Service until 1972 – with far less fanfare than Normie Rowe.
During his military service, he attended the Royal Military College, Duntroon, as a member of their band.
By mid-1975 Rhone had changed record labels and issued his next single, Denim and Lace, which peaked at #2 on the Australian chart.
In June 1977 he had another hit with Mean Pair of Jeans, which reached #11.
In 1978 Rhone relocated to London and took the romantic lead in the London Palladium presentation of The King and I alongside Yul Brynner.
In 1987, Marty Rhone became the business manager for boxing champions the Waters Brothers – Troy, Dean and Guy – who are the sons of trainer Cec Waters.