Owen BLUNDELL (1990)
1960 - Owen was born on the
22 March in
New South Wales,
he is 10 minutes older than his twin brother Ian,
At the age of 5 or 6 they
would learn little songs from their mother singing around the
house and his sister who played a lot of 78 records, their
parents encouraged Owen and Ian to sing their little ditty's for
the manager and the overseer on the property Red Hill Station
their father worked on
Owen and Ian were paid 10 or 20
cents a song, Owen was singing at an early age in school
concerts and often took the lead role.
1976 - Owen first heard
in Civic Mall playing on speakers outside a music shop. When he
heard it he loved it and has been a Frank Ifield fan ever since.
He bought the “She Taught Me How to Yodel” tape and took it home
and tried it but couldn't do it yet. He started to discover
other singers like Slim Whitman, Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Tex
Morton, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Dusty Rankin, and Wilf
Carter. After learning quite a few songs he started singing
around the rodeos and camp drafts for anyone who would hear him.
He did all his early shows playing just a set of spoons because
he couldn't play guitar.
Joined the local Country Music
1983 - First trip to
to have a look. He rode up on a Honda 750 motorbike and stayed
for only two days but that was enough to inspire him to work
harder on guitar and write more songs.
1985 – Released his first album
on Selection “Snowy Mountain Yodeller”.
1986 – Featured in a documentary
on 60 minutes about his song “Jodie”
1990 – Inducted into the Hands
1999 - Owen yodelled full time
until he was 39 then he developed nodules on his vocal chords.
2003 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2004 - People’s Choice Awards –
Best Heritage Song with “The Slim Dusty Show”.
2007 - Stan Coster Memorial Bush
Ballad Awards – Duo with Brian Letton with “Rolling Wagon”.
He has appeared on the Ray
Martin Show, That's Country Today Country Crossroads on aurora
channel 183 and various other TV shows over the last 15 years.
With an easy going personality,
Owen has always been approachable by his ever increasing fans is
what keeps him going.
Owen has developed into an
all round entertainer.
his show are impersonations of many well known artists. The most
popular of these being Frank J Spencer: Described by many as the
funniest and most energetic comedy act to come along in years.