Roger KNOX (2004)

Roger Knox

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 November 22nd. He is a Gamilaroi man.

Roger grew up in the Toomelah Aboriginal Mission and was educated there until he was 14.  His 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 Tamworth 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 Chicago, Illinois on October 10, 2009 with Jon Langford and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts. However, his US visa was denied a week before the show and Knox did not make the trip.

1984 – Released “Give It A Go”.

1986 - Released “The Gospel Album”.

Roger Knox dedicated this album to his grandmother Carrie Knox who passed away that year.

1987 - Released “Goulburn Jail” (7″)

1988 - Released “Koala Bear” (7″)

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 Deadlys.