John ASHE (1978)
1907 – John Harold Ashe was born
on the 4th of
September in Drummoyne, Sydney. Learnt the piano as a child,
which fostered his interest in classical music.
1938 – Wrote his first song.
1956 – Slim Dusty and Chad Morgan
met John and both recorded a number of his songs over the years.
His song “Growin’ the Golden Fleece” was very popular
1957 - Wrote “Harry The Breaker”
which was recorded by Slim Dusty.
1964 - John wrote Townsville’s centenary song “Queen City of the North”.
1968 – Wrote a book of musical poems and was made a
“Fellow Of The International Academy Of Poets”, Cambridge,
1975 - Chad Morgan released an LP ‘Chad Morgan Sings
John Ashe’ as Slim Dusty had done previously.
1978 – Inducted into the Hands of
1988 - Selected as an
Australian for the l988
he was taped in Townsville community radio station
4TTFM recalling various events,
World War 1 peace celebrations in Townsville
Over the years John has written
many songs. 10 published by Southern Music, 51 by Nicholson’s
and 21 by Castle music.
His material was recorded on EMI,
RCA, Festival, W & G and other labels by many artists.
He recorded 7 albums of his own
material with such titles as “Good Old Country Style”, “Game as
Many of his songs had a uniquely
Australian sense of humour. These were written as a protest
against the “rubbish” that was being played on the radio at the
time. These songs pre-empted the Australian ocker image. Whilst
John did not perform publicly he still had good sales of his
1994 – Passed away on the 24th
Over the years John Ashe has
written many Aussie comical songs. He couldn’t get anyone to
record his songs so he decided to record his own songs of Aussie
humour. Many of his songs were well known around
including ‘Growin’ The Golden Fleece’.
Over the years John had written hundreds of Aussie
comical songs, although he couldn’t find anyone to record them.
Hence the reason he had started recording his own comedy songs
through EMI. His song ‘The Beer, Boys, Is Here” was believed to
be the true sequel to ‘A Pub With No Beer’ made famous by the
late Slim Dusty, and like ‘The Pub’ he had also used the old
time tune ‘Beautiful Dreamer’.