1941 – Born on December 2nd
in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
1959 - Started singing with The
Jaywoods (who would become the Chessmen).
1960 - Began running the
Saturday night Dance
1961 - Signed with W&G records
and recorded first single 'Hokey Pokey'.
1962 - Released first E.P.
record Johnny Chester's Hit Parade, 6 tracks it contained both
sides of his first three singles. Tours
with Roy Orbison. Then the Everly Brothers.
1963 - Released his first
Album 'Wild and Warm', one side rockers, one side ballads.
Hosted first TV series "Teen Time on Ten "from Ch.10. Gippsland
in regional Victoria.
1964 - Toured Australia
and New Zealand
with the Beatles.
Hosted first National Television series 'Teen Scene' for the
1965 - 'Teen Scene' finishes.
Joins Television production company Willard-King Organization
becomes associate producer of the television series 'Kommotion'
for the 0/10 network.
1966 - Joins Melbourne
radio station 3UZ as
to Dawn announcer.
1967 - Continues at 3UZ as
to dawn announcer. Stays at the station for eight and a half
years fulfilling many roles from programming to production to
1968 - Performs in Vietnam
for the Australian and American troops with Jigsaw. Releases
first single for three years 'Heaven Help The Man' backed by
1969 - Signs with Ron Tudor's June Productions, which becomes
Fable records. First single for Ron Tudor 'Green, Green' then
'Highway 31' the first of several Road songs he was to write and
band 'The Strangers'.
1970 - Records for Fable until
1976. Recording with both studio musicians and 'Jigsaw' (who
become his permanent backing band while Johnny produces their
1971 - Releases first album
for Fable 'Johnny
Chester and Jigsaw',
from which the single 'Shame and Scandal in the Family' is
released, it goes to Number One in several states of Australia.
1972 - Releases second Fable
Album 'Going Places' and two singles 'Ready Mixed Revenge' and
1973 - Writes and records 'The
Worlds Greatest Mum'
and has his first national Top 5 hit.
1975 - Awarded Golden Guitar
at the Australasian Country Music awards for best selling track
My Kind Of Woman'.
1976 - Releases the Album "Into
Country" for Bullet Records and it goes gold.
1977 - Hosts 'Country
television series for the ABC, and tours with 'The Blue Denim
Country Band' who become 'Hotspur'
1978 - Hosts second series of
and continues touring. Releases first self funded album which
begins a trend that continues up to today.
1979 - Releases 'I Love You So
Rebecca' and signs a production deal with W.E.A. Records (Owned
by Warner Bros).
1980 - Releases first album
under the deal 'Johnny Chester and Hotspur', it goes gold.
Continues touring and recording with Hotspur.
1981 - Wins Golden Guitar for Male Vocalist of the Year
at the Australasian Country Music Awards with "I Love You So
Rebecca", the first of three in a row.
Flys to Nashville
to meet Brien Fisher who agrees to come to Australia
and produce 'Love in the Meantime' album. Inducted into the
Hands of fame.
1982 - Wins Second Male vocalist
of the year award with 'Rough Around The Edges'.
1983 - Invited to Fort Worth
to perform and receive an award at the International Country
Music Awards. Sharing the stage with Bobby Bare, The Bellamy
Brothers and Tom Jones. Records in Nashville
with Brien Fisher. Performs in Brisbane
with Roger Miller and in Melbourne
with Charlie Pride. Wins Third male Vocalist of the year award
with 'An Ad in the Weekly Times'.
1984 - ToursAustralia
with Kenny Rogers
1985 - Signs recording contract
with RCA Records.
1986 - Tours East Coast of
with Johnny Cash.
1987 - Starts 'Homespun'
Records. Continues touring with Hotspur.
1989 - Hotspur disbands,
quits touring and joins Radio Australia
as an announcer and broadcasts all over the world.
1991Leaves Radio Australia.
with Tammy Wynette. Releases first CD 'Waiting
for the Lightning'
again produced by Brien Fisher.
1994 - Receives the Songmaker of
the year award from the Tamworth Songwriters Association.
1995 - ToursAustralia
with Freddy Fender. Releases second CD 'Songmaker'
1997 - Begins writing,
'Rebound', the musical.
1998 - Forms new record label
and new all acoustic band 'The Southerly Buskers'. Releases
first all new studio album for six years 'LISTEN'.
1999 - Commences touring again
with the Southerly Buskers.
2000 - REBOUND
is produced 'OFF BROADWAY' as the opening production in the
newly refurbished Civic Theatre in WAGGA WAGGA, N.S.W.