LeGARDE TWINS (1987)
Tom and Ted
1931 – Born at Mackay on the 15th
of March. Youngest of a family of 9.
1941 - At the age of 10 they both
received a guitar from an older brother and they quickly
mastered the guitar and to sing in harmony, while listening to
Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers on an old gramophone
1944 – Age 13 saw a Hopalong
Cassidy film and became interested in country music.
1946 – Age 15 left school and
with one guitar between them left home and began working of
properties around the district doing all types of farm work.
1948 – Started competing at
rodeo- the youngest professional riders on the circuit. Also did
whip cracking, sharp shooting and singing.
1949 - They were invited to Join
the Buddy Williams travelling rodeo show, where Buddy became
their mentor. Their careers as singing cowboys soared with
radio shows, records and TV appearances, they would soon become
a household name. Joined the Buddy Williams Show.
1950 – Joined the Sydney
country music scene. Became the fourth artists to sign with the
Rodeo label and released 5 singles.
1952 – Signed with Regal
Zonophone, recording a session each year until 1957.
In the early 1950's they
toured with Tex Morton, and also Hop-Along Cassidy, when he was
1957 – left Australia
and lived sometime in
before moving to
and touring with cowboy singer/actor Dale Robertson
1963 – In February
they were back
in Australia where Tom & Ted would compare a TV show for ATN
Channel 7, Sydney, they also toured the Showgrounds promoted by
Frankie Foster - it was here they performed alongside other
artist Chad Morgan, Ricky & Tammy, Kevin Shegog and many
others. It was stated that during the 1960's they wanted to form
own Grand Ole Opry in
however none of the Australian artists were interested, so they
1964 – By this time they had toured most of the states
1985 – Play at the World Expo in
1987 – Inducted into the Hands of
1992 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.