Colin JAMES OAM (1984)

(The Fastest Wheelchair in the West)

Colin James

1938 – Born on the 29th of April in Coleraine, Victoria.

1942 - Contracted rheumatic fever which confined him to wheelchair. Listened to the radio for entertainment.

1953 – Age 15 he started writing songs. “A Little Bluebird” and “A Demon Called Love” which was recorded by Keith Riordan on his first recording.

1957 – Formed the Colin James Social Club which ran dances to raise funds for local charities.

1958 – Colin began performing in public. He was part of a group called Country Club, which also featured Olive Bice.

Early 1960’s – Colin first recorded on Crest and single- “Sleepless Nights” and “What Is It?” Another single and an EP were released later as well as an album for W & G. He also started his own entertainment agency.

1965 – Married Yvonne, separated in 1976. They had a daughter Leanne.

1975 – The entertainment agency was becoming too much to handle so he closed it.

1976 – Moved to Geelong and teams up with a Caroline Sleep, a talented writer and Colin provided the music.

1980 – Colin and Caroline married, divorced in1990. Colin signed with Hadley records.

1981 – Awarded the medal of the Order Of Australia for his contribution to Australian charities.

1984 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1988 – Visited Nashville and performed before an audience of 8000 and performed “If I Can Do It, So Can You”.

1992 – Married Diane.

1994 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1995 – With Diane travelled Australia checking out accommodation options suitable for people in wheelchairs. This resulted in the publication of “The Wheelies Handbook Of Australia”.

2000 – Carried the Olympic torch.

2014 – Passed away on the 26th of August.