Tommy MACK (1989)
1919 – Born Thomas McNamara in
Orange, one of eight
boys and three girls. All inherited a musical flair.
1926 – Family moved to Ashfield in
1934 – Tommy left school and
worked as a door-to-door breadboard salesman, in a brass
foundry, before commencing an apprenticeship as a boilermaker.
1935 – Saw Tex Morton perform and
so decided he wanted to be a country music entertainer.
1936 – Entered his first radio
1941 – Spent 3 months in the
army. Offered to organise concert parties for the troops.
1947 – Started an artists’
booking agency called Actors’ Equity. It ran successfully for 3
During the 1940’s Tom and brother
Tim worked as a duo.
1949 - Tommy was running a country music show on 2SM
called “Songs of the Saddle”. Tommy and Tim started organising
talent quests around
Tim ventured out on his own with talent quests in which Reg
Lindsay won the final at the
1951 – Recorded on Regal
Zonophone. “White Lace, Red Clay, Black Coffin” was one of the
four tracks he recorded.
1952 – Married. Joined Bob Dyer’s
Tommy’s flair for comedy took
over and he concentrated more on that side of his career.
1989 – Inducted into the Hands of
2004 – Passed away on April 18th.