Lily CONNORS (1978)
1931 – Born at Cessnock, NSW.
1942 - Age 11 – Discovers
that she could yodel. Won a heat of Australia’s
Amateur Hour. Performed on live variety shows during the first
half at picture theatres.
1946 - Won a radio 2KY (Sydney)
competition which led to better shows.
1947 – Age 16 toured for 6 weeks
with the Coles Varieties.
1948 – Lily her mother and
sister Bonnie travel to America
to visit her mother’s family. Lily got her own half hour show on
KFI Television in Los Angles billed as “The Girl From
Australia”. Joined a government sponsored touring show called
“Nations in Review” representing Australia.
Offered a Hollywood
5 year starlet contract but turned it down- felt she would be
controlled too much by the studio.
1950 – Returned to
and was soon a regular on shows organised by Ted Quigg and Tim
Recorded on Regal Zonophone. Her
version of “Chime Bells” becoming her signature song.
Appeared for 5 years on the 2GB
radio program “Bonnington’s Bunkhouse”. Frequently on Bandstand
and Reg Lindsay’s country television program.
1962 – Son Alan born. Slowly cut
back her performing career.
1972 – Did a short tour with
Slim Dusty. This was her last major stint.
1978 – Inducted into the Hands