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Bill KELLY (1982)

Bill Kelly

1920 – Born November 20th in Sydney.

1932 – At age 12 he learnt to play the ukulele and began busking on trains, ferries and beaches to earn money during the depression.

1938 – Emceeing at weddings. Formed his first band performing country and Hawaiian music. By this time he could play rhythm guitar, lap steel and drums.

During World War II he entertained the troops.

Performed under the name “The Country Troubadour” until 1949 when Tim McNamara recorded using that name. Also know as “The Man in Black” due to his black stage outfit (before Johnny Cash).

1960 – With Rex Dallas opened the “Snowy Entertainment Scheme” in the Snowy Mountains to perform for those working on the Snowy Scheme.

1979 – Made a life member of Professional Country Music Artists of Australia in Sydney.

For over 20 years he was regularly performing up to nine shows a week until ill health caused to him to cut back.

1982 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame