Roger KNOX (2004)
Known as the Black Elvis and the
Koori King of Country
1945 - Born at the Toomelah
Aboriginal Mission (near Boggabilla on the NSW/QLD border on
He is a
Roger grew up in the Toomelah
Aboriginal Mission and was educated there until he was 14.
grandmother had a strong influence on his early singing,
particularly as a gospel singer, with his relationship with his
family, the law, being the inspiration behind his many songs. At
12 he learnt to play the guitar.
At 15 he left the mission and
his interests turned to sport, particularly football.
He moved to
where he found work. With support from Geoff Brown and John
Minson he entered talent quests and soon was performing
regularly around the district.
1979 – Entered the Starmaker
competition and made the top 20.
1980 – Again entered Starmaker
this time making it into the final 10.
1981 – Brian Young asked him to
tour with him. Brian used light aircraft to cover the vast
distances covered during the tour but unfortunately one of the
planes crashed. Roger was in that plane and the drummer Ken
Ramsay was killed. Roger was badly burnt and got pain relief
from a natural bath oil made from the Eura bush. That bush and
the settlement on which his father was born were inspirations
for the name of his band, the Euraba band.
Knox was scheduled to perform
at the Old Town School of Folk Music in
on October 10, 2009
with Jon Langford and the
Cosmonauts. However, his US
visa was denied a week before the show and Knox did not make the
1984 – Released “Give It A Go”.
1986 - Released “The Gospel
Roger Knox dedicated this album
to his grandmother Carrie Knox who passed away that year.
1987 - Released “Goulburn Jail”
1988 - Released “Koala Bear”
1993 - Released “Warrior in
Chains -- The Best of Roger Knox”
2004 - Released “Goin' On, Still
Strong”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
2006 - Roger Knox was given
the Jimmy Little Award for Lifetime Achievement in Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Music at the 2006