1948 - Born on the 23rd
of April in
As a four year old Jan would spend all her time singing
for herself and her parents. Jan's inspiration came from her
mother who used to sing on the radio. Growing up Jan would sing
in her school choirs, she would also sing where ever she could
1951 - At the age of 13 Jan was requested to sing at the
official opening of the local Thornton Hotel. Her payment for
the night's entertainment was a glass of cold lemonade.
During the holiday season “The Wanderers Band” used to
visit Eildon, where Jan was living at the time and she got to
sing with the band where she gained valuable experience singing
with a group.
1953 – At 15 she moved to
found work at a concert party club performing for the aged. She
was a member of the group “The Falcons” for a year.
1968 - After a break from music for a period of four
years Jan moved to Sydney
taking in a number of talent quests. After winning quite a few
of these quests she was encouraged to become more involved in
the entertainment business. Jan was approached by an agent and
from then on was kept very busy on the club scene.
Jan got her start in
with Nev Nicholls & The Country Playboys at the Texas Tavern,
where she met Terry Smith whilst doing a gig there. Jan and
Teery formed the band “Mainline” which later became “The Jan
A few years later another track recorded with
"Country Music Turns Me On" which received a nominated at
Tamworth Country Music Festival. This track was recorded on an
album titled "Barrooms and Bedrooms".
released by Jan include; “Sorry”, “Without Reason” and “I'm A
1985 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame.