Michael COOKE (1986)
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
and Finance Company as a jackeroo. He worked for them for 7
years and became the overseer on their properties in western NSW
Purchased a property at
Currabubula (30kms from
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
He also worked with the Geoff Brown Show Band around the
1974 – Moved to
He gave up music to become a professional fishing for 6 years.
1980 – Returned to
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
1986 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.