Wave JACKSON (2006)
1933 – Born on August 17th
Wave had a varied early
education with correspondence for several years then a governess
before attending schools in Charleville and
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
“Laughter In The Hills” (also recorded by Felicity Urquhart) and
“Rope and Saddle Blues”.
In 1998 Wave and Elaine toured
1999 – Toured around
2001 – Elected as the first life
member of the Australian Bush Balladeers Association.
2004 – Recorded an album of 13
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
2006 – Inducted into the Hands Of
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.