‘Howzat’ was rock band Sherbet’s 16th - and bestselling - single, and their second Australian No. 1 following its release in May 1976.
It was written by band members Garth Porter (keyboards) and Tony Mitchell (bass), who were inspired by the cricketing term bowlers would shout when appealing for a wicket.
The song was produced by former Beatles recording engineer Richard Lush and released by Infinity (Festival).
In addition to Australia, the song topped charts in New Zealand, South Africa and Israel, and reached the Top 10 in many European countries. ‘Howzat’ also won Most Popular Australian Single at the 1976 King of Pop Awards.
‘Howzat’ has subsequently been covered by a range of artists, from Norman Gunston to the Tony Eyers Singers, and has even been recorded in German and Finnish by local artists.
Sherbet were one of the most successful Australian rock bands of the 1970s. The Sydney band recorded 10 studio albums, with more than 20 singles reaching the Australian Top 40 charts.