1907 – Archibald Kerr was born on the 5th of August in
1913 – Commenced piano lessons.
1921 – Joined the staff of
Harrold’s Musical Instruments Warehouse in Brisbane. Became
manager of the gramophone and record department for most of the
17 years he worked there.
1926 – Learnt clarinet and
saxophone. Played in the 9th/49th and Brisbane Citizens
Military Bands and the Ithaca
1930 -1938- Played professional
in silent picture theatre orchestras and fronted his own 10
piece dance band.
1939 - The Columbia Gramaphone
Records sales manager till 1950. Arch had very strong views on
what was and was not country music. It was Arch who
decided who was to record and what they were to record. Tex
Morton was their biggest selling artist but Arch and Tex had
many disagreements which resulted in Arch Signing Buddy Williams
and ex-Canadian Smilin' Billy Blinkhorn in 1939.
Produced all of Tex Mortons early
recording up to 1943/
Other artists who were signed up
by Arch included Gil Harris in 1939; Bob Dyer in 1940; Shirley
Thoms and Smoky Dawson in 1941; June holms, Joan Martin and Eric
Tutin in 1942; Gordon Parsons and Slim Dusty in 1946; Don
Reynolds in 1947 and Dusty Rankin and Tim McNamara in 1948.
1950 – Established Arch Kerr’s
Music Centre in Toowoomba.
1968 – Retired from business but
still coached pupils on clarinet and saxophone.
1981 – Golden Guitar Capital Country Music Award.
Inducted into the Hands