Buddy BISHOP (1977)
1924 – Born August 3, William
Manning Bishop near Taree and spent the first 17 years of his
life on a farm at Bootoowaa.
– March 29, Buddy bought his first guitar, a “Harmony Cremona”
for 30 guineas ($63.00) at Palings in
was the first musical instrument of any kind used by a
Tamworth artist to make
– Age 18/19, Buddy was called up for the army and performed in
the camp concerts.
While in the
army he was badly injured in a truck accident and was not
expected to live and then not to walk again.
- A bad truck smash saw Buddy on the critical list with doctors
of the opinion he would never walk again even if he lived.
But a long stay in Concord
saw them proven wrong.
1945 – Obtained leave to do a 15
minute live spot on 2TM’s hillbilly sessions.
1946 – Discharged from the
army, married and moved to
Tamworth where he ran a
mixed business in
near Joe Maguire’s Pub.
local music enthusiasts who had an interest in country music
would drop around, one notable was Geoff Brown.
Buddy began to entertain at the cycle races, the boxing
and other venues.
- Privately recorded “The Farmyard Yodel” at 2TM’s Peel Street
Studio, reputed to be
Tamworth’s first recording artist.
1949 - Sang “The Farmyard
Amateur Hour (which he won) a premier radio show of the time
that had a huge national audience.
He topped the poll and earned
an appearance at the Newcastle Stadium which resulted in
The Great Levant immediately signed him to take part in his
three month vaudeville show tour of
1950 – January 20,
is recorded by Rodeo Records. Buddy was the first
Tamworth artist to be
recorded on disc. The song stayed Top of the Charts on Canberra’s 2CA radio
for six weeks.
– Buddy was invited as a special guest artist on Amateur Hour.
The winner was Reg Lindsay. Around the same time Buddy had his
own radio program on 2TM
finished with a talent quest that was won by a young artist who
became known as Gentleman Geoff Brown.
1950’s - Saw regular tours with
artists like Slim Dusty, Gordon Parsons and Smiling Billy
Blinkhorn. Returning to 2TM in the late fifties, he eventually
ran the Mickey Mouse Club with David Longe.
Another 78 Buddy recording was with John Mystery,
“Spitfire the Outlaw”.
He did not record again for 20 years. Family and business
commitments meant that Buddy’s talent remained in limbo.
1970’s – Buddy returned for
Get Together Show”
with Shirley Thoms, Gordon Parsons, Slim Dusty, Billy
Blinkhorn, Smoky Dawson and others.
With the sixties bringing
semi retirement Eric Scott of Hadley Records,
Tamworth persuaded Buddy to
do several albums through the seventies, one of which was
recorded with his eight year old daughter.
1977 – Inducted into the
“Hands of Fame” in
1994 - Returned to the recording
studio with Shorty Ranger, Les Partell, Bryan Watkins and John
Vaughan for the album “Shorty Ranger and Friends“.
1995 – He officially opened the Country Music Heritage
1995 – Died April 13th,
aged 71 and is buried in the Tamworth City Council Cemetery.