Bill KELLY (1982)
1920 – Born November 20th
1932 – At age 12 he learnt to play the ukulele and began
busking on trains, ferries and beaches to earn money during the
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
1960 – With Rex Dallas opened
the “Snowy Entertainment Scheme” in the Snowy
to perform for those working on the Snowy Scheme.
1979 – Made a life member of
Professional Country Music Artists of Australia in
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