Wheelchair in the West)
1938 – Born on the 29th
of April in Coleraine, Victoria.
1942 - Contracted rheumatic fever
which confined him to wheelchair. Listened to the radio for
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
for his contribution to Australian charities.
1984 – Inducted into the Hands of
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
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