Kevin KING (1978)
1931 - Born on the 19th
Sydney and family moved to Paddington when he was 1 year old.
1941 - As a nine year old he was influenced with country
music after hearing Tex Morton singing Rocky Ned on the radio
1949 - At 18 years of age, self taught guitarist Kevin
entered various talent quests winning for himself, a guitar as
first prize on radio station 2CH Sydney
1951 - Entered the Tim McNamara Talent Quest and won a
heat. Kevin teamed up with guitar picker Pat Ware, playing many
pubs, clubs and charity shows and radio programs.
1952 - Kevin recorded several sides on the Regal
Zonophone label. One of the songs was the now famous
"With This Ring I Thee Wed”. This 78 recording sold
about 20,000 copies. He subsequently
recorded 28 sides over the years on the
Regal Zonophone labels.
1956 - Kevin organised the
Western Show" comprising of the
Chad Morgan, Rick & Thel
This show toured Australia
for 15 months and played to big audiences in Town & Country.
Kevin then spent 2 years travelling with
"The Reg Lindsay Show"
Kevin also formed the ‘All Star Western Show’ with Chad
Morgan, Nev Nicholls and Rick & Thel Carey, that became one of
the most successful shows to ever tour Australia.
Kevin settled in
these tours and was resident singer with his band at the Texas
Tavern, Kings Cross, entertaining American Servicemen on R&R
leave from Vietnam.
He then moved to the
Crystal Palace Hotel Railway Square
he stayed for 5 years. From there he moved to the Regent Street
Transport Club where he stayed for a further 5 years. This
eleven years was the boom time for Country Music Artists, to
name a few who appeared with him were:
Purtell, Jan Kelly, Phil & Tommy Emmanual, Ken Kitching, Alan
Caswell, Lee Britton also
and many more.
During the early 70's Kevin was asked by
to join him and his family,
Barry Thornton to travel with them to
to appear on his show. Also in the 70's Kevin recorded some
sides with the Festival Label.
The 70's also saw Kevin as studio musician for many of
top Country Music Artists such as:
Johnny Ashcroft, Slim Dusty, Lionel Long, Buddy Williams, Gordon
These sessions required Kevin to play rhythm and acoustic
guitar, harmonica and dobro steel guitar. During this era Kevin
also resumed his personal recording career with Columbia
and cut two E.P Records which were mainly cover versions of
1977 - Inducted to the “Hands of Fame”.
1987 it was time for Kevin to leave
retire to the
wife Patricia, daughters Sharon and Vickie, their husbands and
his 5 grandchildren.
2007 – Elevated to the Roll of Renown.