Al BLACK (1991)

Al Black

1940 – Born on October 11 in the Hunter Valley.

As a child he would listen to the early morning hillbilly radio shows and from there developed his interest in country music. He was determined to write and perform his own material.

1960 – Made his first custom recording of his own material on EMI “Wedding In The Scrub” and “Hunter Valley Home”.

1961 – Recorded “Bushland Hop” and The Night We Said Goodbye”.

1962 – Al left the farm and moved to Sydney and recorded “The Aussie Shearing Game” and “Still That Little Teardrop”.

1972 - Married Marg.

1974 – Appeared on the television program “Travellin’ Out West” produced by NBN television in Newcastle and hosted by John Williamson.

1975 – Al and Marg released an EP of Al’s original material on Strad Records, in Parkes, “Hillbilly From Kirribilli”, “One For The Road”, “Outlaw Gundy Mick” and “I Won’t Be There”.

1980 – Won the “Shorty Ranger Fan Club Award” for songwriting with “Along The Gravel Road”.

1982 – Won a TSA award for “Truckie Mates Of Mine" also a finalist in the Gore New Zealand Awards for songwriting.

1991 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

Al has won many quests with his songwriting around NSW.

2013 - Al passed away on November 25th.