Eddie LOW (1983)

Eddie Low

1945 - Born on May 14th. As he was born totally blind he spent much of his childhood at the Blind Institute in Auckland. While there he developed his musical talent, becoming a member of the Institute Band and winning a number of talent quests.

1956 – Age 12 he underwent a series of operations which gained him partial sight in his left eye.

1960’s - Joined the Sundowners. He was also a member of the Truetones before moving on to become a member of the Quin Tikis showband.

1970 - Released two singles, "You Better Sit Down Kids"/"I Want To Be Free" and "It Don't Hurt Anymore"/"Save The Last Dance For Me". This was followed by an EP called "Eddie Low - On A Mini Record - The Voice In A Million" and an album called "The Voice In A Million".

Started to get work outside of New Zealand.

1971 – Released four more singles, another EP and an album. The singles were "Tumbleweed"/"A Star Fell From Heaven", "Help Me Make It Through The Night"/"The Night We Called It A Day", "Goom Ba Summer"/"A Stranger In My Place" and "Bonnie Please Don't Go"/"Colour My World". The EP was "Eddie Low - Live" and the album "The Golden Voice Of Eddie Low". Joined John Hore on an EP called "Eddie Low and John Hore Live" and a year later the two of them released an album called "We Should Be Together".

1972 - In October he was invited by the Country Music Association of America to take part in the Grand Ole Opry birthday celebrations held in Nashville. Recorded "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers"/"Walk Hand In Hand" at the RCA Studios in Nashville. Two other singles also came out in 1972, "One Way Wind"/"Five Little Fingers" and "Pokarekare Ana"/"Lodi".

1973 - Returned to Nashville and continued to wow the audiences. He was invited to tour Canada and went on an extended tour for six months. The singles went quiet for a couple of years until Joe Brown released an album called "The Best Of Eddie Low" in 1974.

1975 - Three new singles were released, "You're Everything That Love Is Supposed To Be"/"Impossible Dream", "Daddy What If"/"Scarlet Ribbons" and "I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love"/"The Pain Continues".

1976 - Two albums released reflecting his international status was released.

In the late seventies Eddie moved to Australia to live. He regularly appeared on the club scene as well as radio and television.

1980 - Signed a new recording contract with RCA and between

1980 and 1984 - Released a further eleven singles for them, along with five albums. The albums were "Sings", "Easy Temptations", "Blue Smoke", "Country Greats" and "Heart and Soul".

1983 –Inducted into the Country Music Hands of Fame in Tamworth.