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
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.
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 appear on the Tim McNamara Talent Quest. He won the final
staged at the SydneyTown 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 manyyears. 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
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
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
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
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
1988 – Married rodeo champion
Rosyln Winfield. South Australian Country Music Festival Awards-
Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1989 – Receives an Order of
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 BicentennialPark,