Michael COOKE (1986)

Michael Cooke

1938 – Born on September 12th in Mosman, Sydney.

1953 – Age 15 he moved to Boggabri, NSW, and worked on properties in the area.

1954 – Joined the Australian Mercantile Land and Finance Company as a jackeroo. He worked for them for 7 years and became the overseer on their properties in western NSW and Queensland.

Purchased a property at Currabubula (30kms from Tamworth) and started to entertain at the local hotel. This led to further work with a rock ‘n’ roll band playing the 1960’s rock ballads.

With the formation of the Capital Country Music Club in Tamworth Michael joined with other locals performing at many concerts in the area.

Through Ross Murphy of Opal Records he sent a demo tape to Hadley records which resulted in a recording contract with Hadley. He recorded 4 EP’s and 1 LP with Hadley.

Michael toured with Buddy Williams and Slim Dusty. He was part of the Slim Dusty Show when it toured New Guinea. He also worked with the Geoff Brown Show Band around the district.

1974 – Moved to Sydney. He gave up music to become a professional fishing for 6 years.

1980 – Returned to Tamworth and performed with Lindsay Butler for eight months before giving music away again.

1983 – Returned to music and appeared with Geoff Brown and Vicki Lawrence performing around the New England area.

1986 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.