Geoff BROWN (1979)
1929 – Born February 3rd inTamworth.
1944 – Age 15, started work
carting coal dust from the Tamworth Power Station with a horse
for the gas company as a stoker.
1951 – November 10, won the
Tamworth P and A Association Northern Championship Rodeo Talent
1953 –Commenced almost 40 year
career with Lillyman’s Soft Drinks, retiring in 1992.
1953 –Marries Beryl Costelloe,
have four children, Gary, Darryl, Cheryl and Greg, all involved
The barman at the Nemingha Hotel asked Geoff to
entertain on a Saturday night.
It was a three month regular gig for
Geoff and Ivan Grills who played piano accordion all for a grand
total of “a quid a night”.
1964 – The late Joe Maguire
asked Geoff to sing at his pub.
He teamed up
with Gloria Hickman and drummer Arnold Mullins and later Michael
He was the
first person to bring a music group to Joe’s, the first venue
for Country Music in
1963 – February 13, Geoff
recorded three singles with RCA plus his own compositions “You
Chance, “Lionel Rose the Champion”.
1966 –Founding member of the
MCMA (Modern Country Music Association) Tamworth
branch and elected Vice President in 1967.
1969 – Appeared on the “Reg
Lindsay National Country Music Hour”.
1970s – Recorded two EP’s with
Hadley Label, formed the Geoff Brown Show Band which, featured
his son Gary, vocalist Margaret Carmichael and Michael Cooke
with nephew Rob Brown on bass guitar.
1971 – Guided the MCMA clubs
change to the “Capital Country Music Association” (CCMA) and
remained active in the organisation.
1971–74 – Recorded at
Hadley’s, “North to
“The Man From Timbuktu”, “It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dog”, “The
Other Half of Me”
1979 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1981 – The show band had their
final show in Guyra on New Years Eve.
2000 – August 21, Geoff Brown
passed away at Tamworth
from complications arising from lung disease