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Reg LINDSAY OAM (1977)

Reg Lindsay

1929 - Born July 7 at Waverley in Sydney.

1931 - Age 2.  Given harmonica by his father who was a talented amateur musician. Around this time the family moved to Parkes, central west NSW.

1933 - Age 4.  With harmonica he could play “The Wheel on the Wagon is Broke.”

1930’s - Reg’s father taught Reg fiddle, harmonica and mandolin.

1937 - Family move to Adelaide.

1942 - Age 13.  Reg got his first 5 string banjo from the local baker and was taught to play by Cliff Rowlinson.

1943 – Age 15. Given his first guitar by his Auntie Anne which he soon learned to play. Also started to spend time on friends’ property where he practiced his singing and yodelling as well as farm skills. On leaving school, Reg. worked for the Department of Agriculture in the

Brands Register and studied woolclassing hoping to be transferred to the Northern Territory as a woolclasser or a stock inspector.  As he was given a desk job he left and spent the next few years doing general bush work on properties.

 With Dave Burchell began entertaining at local shows.

1948 – First attempt at recording, which was not a success.  Around this time they also auditioned for Australia’s Amateur Hour, but without success.

1950 – Auditioned for Australia’s Amateur Hour, this time with success. They topped the poll.

1951 - January age 20. Rode his motorbike from Adelaide to Sydney to appear on the Tim McNamara Talent Quest. He won the final staged at the Sydney Town Hall.  The win got him a recording contract and a radio show. He recorded “Blue Velvet Bad” and “Streamline Yodel” on Rodeo Records.

1952 - Comperes radio country show with 2CH then 12 weeks later went over to 2SM with a similar show.  “The Reg Lindsay Show” ran for many  years. Reg was also a part of the weekly live-to-air ‘Bonnington’s Bunkhouse Show’ which was broadcast nationally on Radio 2GB.

1954 - Marries Heather McKean of the McKean Sisters fame. His first tour as a support artist for Wilf Carter from Canada but when Carter went home ill, Reg successfully completed the 12 week tour with “The Reg Lindsay show”. Around this time Reg began a regular once a month program on the “Kalang Showboat”.

1955 - December, daughter Dianne born.

1956 - After having success with his show at surrounding towns he decides to take his own show on the road. January saw the start of his first one month long tour. These month long tours and the show on the Kalang lasted until 1957.

1957 – Started full time touring for 11 months of the year. This continued for 7 years, some years performing up to 340 shows in a year.

1960 – May daughter Sandra born.

1962 – Reg toured New Guinea

1963 - September daughter Joanne born. Stopped full time touring.

1964 – Takes over as compere of the TV show from Adelaide called “The Country & Western Hour” (later called The National Country Hour”) which ran for 7 ½ years.

1968 - First trip to the USA to get film clips for his TV show and also featured on The Grand Ol’ Opry and was the first Australian to perform at the Opry. Opened the “Reg Lindsay’s Country Store” in Concord, selling records, clothing and musical instruments. A second store was opened in Parramatta. Sold the business after 10 years.

1970’s early – Records number one hit “Armstrong” a song about the first man to walk on the moon. Has a country music radio program on 5DN on Saturdays 6 pm till midnight called “Countrypolitan”.

1973-74 – Performed with Hank Snow and Charlie Pride on their Australian tours.

1974 – Golden Guitar for “Best Male Vocal” with “July You’re a Woman”.

1977 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.

1978 – Golden Guitar for Best Male Vocal with “Silence on the Line”. Secures a contract with Channel 9 in Brisbane to produce a country music program. The “Reg Lindsay Country Homestead” took out the award for the Best Queensland Television Production.  Was the guest of honour on the Television show “This Is Your Life”.

1980 - Receives a Golden Guitar for “Best Male Vocal”.

1984 - Elevated onto the Roll of Renown in Tamworth.

1986 – Offered a job to host a television show in Austin Texas, USA, but turned it down and returned to Australia.

1987 - Releases his 60th album.

1988 – Married rodeo champion Rosyln Winfield. South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1989 – Receives an Order of Australia Medal for “Services to Country Music and Entertainment Industries”. Began extensive touring to promote his latest album “Reasons to Rise”.

1990 - October, hosts 21 day tour of Nashville.

1991 - January does a 19 show tour of Victoria and Southern NSW.

1992 – Visited the USA and appeared on the 65th Anniversary Concert of the Grand Ole Opry.

1994 – Releases the album “No Slowin’ Down”. Plans are made to tour to promote the album.

1995 – Reg becomes ill during the Tamworth Country Festival and his ill health forces him into an early retirement.

2002 – Mo Awards for the John Campbell Fellowship Award.

2008 - Reg Lindsay passed away on August 5th.

2013 - 7th July unveiling of his bronze bust in Bicentennial Park, Tamworth.