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Wave JACKSON (2006)

Wave Jackson

1933 – Born on August 17th at Roma, Queensland.

Wave had a varied early education with correspondence for several years then a governess before attending schools in Charleville and Southport.

On leaving school he had a number of jobs including mustering cattle, wool pressing and horse breaking on his parent’s property and other properties.

Wave wrote “The Rutland Rodeo”, a true story, after competing in the rodeo. He won the open buckjumping at Injune in 1953.

In 1955 Wave first met Slim Dusty and performed “The Rutland Rodeo” for him. Slim later recorded this song. It was the first song Slim recorded that was given to him on tour.

When the “Pub With No Beer” was released in England, Wave’s song “Once When I Was Mustering” was on the B Side.

Other songs recorded by Slim include “Arcadia Valley”, “Laughter In The Hills” (also recorded by Felicity Urquhart) and “Rope and Saddle Blues”.

In 1998 Wave and Elaine toured through Central Australia.

1999 – Toured around Australia.

2001 – Elected as the first life member of the Australian Bush Balladeers Association.

2004 – Recorded an album of 13 songs.

2005 – Wave won a Golden Guitar for “Where The Yellow Kapock Bloom”, the song was recorded by Jeff Brown. This song also won the Northern Territory Song of the Year.

2006 – Inducted into the Hands Of Fame.

As well as Slim Dusty, Wave has had songs recorded by Keith Jamieson, Dave McCallum, Rick Hopkins, Felicity Urquhart, Ted Thompson, Slim Connor, Brad Blanck, Bart Thrupp, Alisha Smith, Dean Perrett, Graham Parfait, Ashley Cook and Jeff Brown. To date 34 of his songs have been recorded by other artists.