Alan HAWKING (1977)
1931 – July 1 Russell Hawking born, Mooroopna Victoria.
1933 – July 7 Alan Hawking born, Mooroopna Victoria.
1935 – Mother dies.
Alan raised by his grandparents
(mother’s parents) in Clifton Hill.
Russell raised by grandparents (father’s side) in
Because they were raised separately they spent much of
their childhood apart. When older Russell moved to the country
inspired by brother Rus and cousin Barry Ling. Russell and Barry
both played bass and sang.
1940’s – Alan, Russell and Barry went along to the newly
formed Hillbilly Club in
is where they got their basic training.
Alan worked as a cabinetmaker, so he made his first
guitar which led to a guitar making hobby.
Later he joined the well known fretted
instrument maker in Melbourne, “Maton” he stayed 15 years until
he became a professional musician in the 70’s.
1950’s - Alan and Russell joined the “Trailblazers” a
Melbourne country music concert troupe, working in radio,
touring and doing live concerts in and around Victoria where he
met his future wife Diane.
Alan and Russell started as a duo Alan on lead and Rus
on rhythm guitar featuring the two voices Alan is a
multi-instrumentalist. They then formed the band which turned
professional in 1970.
1955 – The Hawking Brothers as a duo record their first
78rpm Regal Zonophone disc. “My
Since then almost 30 more recordings in
the Hawking Brothers name for W & G, Parlophone”, “Fable”,
“Planet”, “Crest”, “Columbia”
1956 – Alan and Diane marry.
They later have four children.
1960 – Appeared on the television program “New Faces”,
winning their heat and the final.
Recorded for Ron Tudor on his new label, Fable, with a
backing group called The Wildwoods which consisted of George
Xanthos on pedal steel, Gary Newton on bass and Joe Attard on
drums. They eventually became The Hawking Brothers Band.
1970 – The Hawking Brothers (full band) become
1972 – Hawking Brothers fan club founded by Dian Johns.
First club ever set up in Australia
for a country band.
They were support acts for Johnny Cash and Buck Owens
and many other artists they toured Australia.
Recorded at the famed RCA Studio in Nashville.
1974 – Golden Guitars for Instrumental of the Year with
“Yakity Axe” and Vocal Group with “Catfish John”.
1975 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with
on the International Show in
On November 2nd
Russell passed away. Peter Hayes was brought into the band and
Alan took over as lead vocalist.
1976 – Won award for “The Country Band” that has done
the most in country music.
1977 – Golden Guitar for
with “This House Runs on Sunshine”. Inducted into the Hands of
Fame in Tamworth.
1978 – Golden Guitars for Album of the Year with
“Country Travellin’” and Vocal Group of the Year with “Silver
Wings”. FEIP award (Favourite Entertainment Incentive
Performance) for “Best Country Band”
1979 – Golden Guitar for Top Selling Single and Album of
the Year with “One Day at a Time”.
Three more FEIP Awards for “Best Country Band”, “Best
Country Album –
Australasian Radio Recording Award.
1980 – Won Best Country Band FEIP. As The Hawking
Brothers they toured with Charlie Pride.
After numerous changes to the band
line-up Alan decides to goes solo. – He performs with the help
of his long time friends “Country Ltd.”
RCA a single “Just For Today” Releases album of the same name.
He received two FEIP Awards for Best
Male plus Most Popular.
1983 – Golden Guitar for “Best Instrumental” – “Back
to Those Rolling Plains”.
1985 - Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with
1988 – Alan Hawking passed away on 19th
1989 – Inducted into the “Roll of Renown” in