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Gay KAYLER (1994)

Gay Kayler

1941 - Born in Gatton Queensland on September 27. From a musical family. Gay’s singer/ musician mother, Violet, played with her siblings in their father’s dance band on Queensland’s Darling Downs. Wartime: Family moved to Sydney NSW. Father, George, was an aircraft inspector at the Qantas Flying Boat Base.

1952 - Aged ten, sang on the first reel-to-reel tape recorder in Australia – demonstrated by the Royal Australian Navy at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.

1956 - Passed Seventh Grade piano exam; also Theory and Musical Perception.

1958. -First professional engagement–the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Lennons Hotel Toowoomba, Queensland.

1959 - At seventeen worked as out-front vocalist for a leading Queensland orchestra. First concert performance–Toowoomba’s Coronet Theatre. First ball–the Bankers’ Ball. Sang The Alexandra Waltz at the Centenary Royal Ball for Princess Alexandra who, by royal command, insisted that Gay sing three more songs. First ‘live’ broadcast on Toowoomba radio in the Diggers’ Show.

1960 - First TV appearance–Sydney’s Keith Walsh Show. First appearance on Channel 2 Brisbane. Performed with ABC personality Russ Tyson in an innovative split screen presentation. First TCN Channel 9 appearance. First appearance on BTQ Channel 7. Shared billing in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers with ‘a trio of brothers including 9-year-olds’, who were misadvertised as the ‘Bee Bees’ (the Bee Gees). Miss Darling Downs in the Miss Australia Quest. First modelling engagement.

1961 - Contracted to Channel 7 for three years. Sang in up to four of its five weekly variety shows–including George Wallace Junior’s Theatre Royal. The Sunday Mail’s Miss Kirra Sun Girl. An RSL Girl In A Million title holder.

1962 - First appearance on Johnny O’Keefe’s Sing, Sing, Sing. First appearance on Bandstand. First tour–opened at Brisbane’s Festival Hall with the Col Joye Show

1963 - Worked with Graeme Bell on his national TV show, Trad Jazz. Guest star on DDQ10’s Club Cabaret First Birthday Show. First appearance on HSV 7 Melbourne’s Variety 7 with George Wallace Junior and Eddie Edwards. Elected as Inaugural President of the Toowoomba Bachelor Girls service club.

1964 - First commercial (with Bert Newton)–on location at Green Island on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.

1965 - First marriage televised by Channel 7.

1968 - Son John McGuire born.

1970 - Resident female vocalist at Brisbane’s historic Cloudland Ballroom until December, 1972.

1973 - Permanent out-front vocalist with Radio 4IP Brisbane’s 16-piece Show Band. Moved to Sydney to work on the NSW Registered Club Entertainment Circuit. First NSW tour (with the Johnny Ashcroft Show). Worked solo and in duo act with Johnny Ashcroft. First appearance on John Williamson’s TV show, Travellin’ Out West. Launched first LP, Faces of Love with Johnny Ashcroft. The White Magnolia Tree, lifted from Faces Of Love and now identified with Gay Kayler, has been available for thirty-three years.

1974 - One of the first Australian artists to appear in the Sydney Opera House. Starred in the first country music show to be presented in that iconic setting (part of the Australian Festival of Performing Arts). First of many appearances in this venue.

1975 - Recorded first single for RCA.

1976 - Recorded Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal Song. Opened and closed concert in the Sydney Opera House, backed by a massive Salvation Army band and 300 singers.

1977 - Toured Papua New Guinea (with Johnny Ashcroft) sponsored by Air Niugini. Recorded the award-winning Dream Away My Life.

1978 - Changed surname spelling from Kahler to Kayler when a leading Sydney radio personality pronounced Kahler as ‘Karler’ while introducing one of her recordings. Female voice on Johnny Ashcroft’s movie-version of Little Boy Lost. Female vocalist on the sound track of the Little Boy Lost movie. Performed at the world premiere of the Little Boy Lost movie.

1979 - Elected Inaugural Secretary of the Professional Country Music Association of Australia (PCMAA). Designed PCMAA logo. Instrumental in having Country Music accepted as a separate entity in the Australian Variety Artists "Mo" Awards. Researched, scripted and produced (with Johnny Ashcroft) the Imagine That! Australiana Show series.

1980 - Co-produced and performed in the inaugural Country Music Mo Awards segment with Tommy Tycho’s International Orchestra, which brought two thousand pros in Sydney’s Regent Theatre to their feet–the only standing ovation of the star-studded evening. Judges’ finalist for Best Female and Best Duo (with Johnny Ashcroft) categories in the Australasian Country Music Awards.

1981 - Married Johnny Ashcroft. Received the Queensland Country Music National Female Award. Presented by the Hon Bill Hayden.  Lady Finflingkington–the Baron’s consort and Gay’s alter ego, appeared on record and in the Good Time Gotcha Show for the first time.

1982 - Major car crash with Johnny Ashcroft. Injuries brought an abrupt end to many projects. Received the only ‘Fosters salute’ (standing ovation) from twenty thousand fans at Victoria’s Wandong Country Music Festival.

1989 - Recorded the heritage album The Cross Of The Five Silver Stars with Johnny Ashcroft, Bettybo and Shep Davis.

1994 - Inducted in the Australasian Country Music Hands Of Fame.