Stan’s songwriting ability
was first used in 1956. He worked out he could write when wife
Dorothy took ill and was hospitalized leaving Stan to look after
the house and children, he would write his lyrics at the kitchen
table in the still of the night.
Being a true bushman Stan had
the stories and hardships of the bush in his head and only had
to relate them into lyric form so they could be sung. He had
been a rodeo rider, stockman, miner, burr cutter, shed hand,
shooter and slaughter man giving him the knowledge that would
allow him to even put the stories of others to pen with the feel
as if it had happened to him.
While Stan is best remembered
as a songwriter by most those that knew him remember a singer /
songwriter / bushman who became a legend in his own lifetime who
was always a true gentleman where the ladies were concerned.
1930 - Born May 27 in Casino
1944 - Left school age 14 and
worked for local butcher in Woolgoolga NSW.
1946 - Went sleeper cutting in
1948 - Worked on the
1950 - Aged 20 joined a
travelling rodeo as a rough rider.
1951 - Marries Dorothy Aileen
Milton on January 24.
1952 - First child born Jayne
Louise on April 6th.
1954 - Only son born Russell
James on April 6th
1956 - Starts composing songs
based on life experiences.
1960 - Stan meets Slim Dusty for
the first time at Longreach, QLD, Slim invites Stan to come
around next morning and sing a few of his songs- Stan fails to
keep the appointment, due to getting tangled up with a few
ringer mates at the pub.
1961 - Stan meets Slim for the
second time in Rockhampton QLD, this time Stan makes the
appointment and plays 2 of his original’s, “ Back to the
“Saltbush Plains” & “Over the Hill”.
1962 - Slim Dusty records Stan’s
first song “Return of the Stockman” Slim goes on to record
another 70 of Stan’s songs.
1966 – Youngest child Tracy
Leann was born on April 12th.
1977 – Inducted into the Hands
Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year with “Three
Rivers Hotel” (It was recorded by Slim Dusty).
1978 - Ross Murphy record
producer and owner of Opal Label convinced Stan to record his
1979 - March 28 – 29 Records
“My People” at Dubbo’s CM Studio’s.
with the Brian Young Show and is the first artist to appear on
2TM’s live country music show. Same year begins to tour with his
wife Dot and daughter Tracy.
Stan and his family move to Manilla just north of
New South Wales.
1980 - Records songs “From a
Wanderer’s Pen” at Hadley Studios Tamworth.
1982 - Returns to Hadley
Studio’s to record “The Song Maker”. First ever artist to
receive the “Inaugural Song Maker Award” Stan also records the
“Wobbly Boot Hotel” on a single, it is his 100th
original recorded song.
the Tamworth Songwriters Association’s Songmaker Award.
1983 - May 12 records first LP
“This Big Old Land” for Slims, Nulla Records at Honey Farm
Stan also appears in the Slim Dusty Movie.
1984- Stan forms his own record
label, “Gidgee Records”, and records his first Independent
release, “Travelling my own Track”.
1987 - Awarded a Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year
for “He’s a Good Bloke When He’s Sober”.
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1989 – Receives the Queens OAM
for Services to Country Music and another album for Gidgee,
“Songs me Old Mates Wrote”.
1990 – Inducted into the Roll
of Renown in
1992 – Awarded by the Spirit
“The National Living Asset”.
1994 - Stan records his third
album for Gidgee Records-“Remember the Time”.
1995 - Awarded Golden Guitar
(Heritage Award) for Bush Ballad Song of the Year with “Lawson’s
1996 - Stan releases his last
album “Come Back to the Bush” on Gidgee Records.
1997 – Died March 25 from cancer at Manilla.
1999 – Bronze bust unveiled in
Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park.