Norma O'Hara MURPHY (1989)
Born on the 28th
of June and raised in the Murray
region of country
where her mother's family, of Irish decent, were pioneers of the
area. Her two great passions in life, aside from family, have
always been her horses and her music.
1982 - Norma's first album, “Rodeo Queen”, was released through
1985 – Released “Vanishing Horsemen” on Selection Records.
1986 - Norma won her first Golden Guitar in the Heritage Award
category, with "How the Fire Queen Crossed The Swamp.
1987 – Released “River Gums & Mallee Dust” on Selection Records
which contained a duet with John Williamson, "When We Were
Kids", which won Media Song Of The Year in 1988.
1988 – Signed with Festival Records.
1989 – Released “Colours”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1990 – Released “Closer Now”.
1991 – Released “Norma's Best”. Won Golden Guitar for Female
Vocalist of the Year, with "Sarah's Memory"
1993 – Released “Winds Of Change”. Won Golden Guitar for Female
Vocalist of the year with "Tamworth The Song".
1995 – Signed with Larrikin Records
and recorded her eighth album, “Sweet Rain”. Toured
1998 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
Inducted into the Wall of Fame "A Tribute to the Women
of Country Music" for outstanding achievement and contribution
to the country music industry. Originally present by the South
Tamworth Bowling Club, the "Wall" is now house at the Hall of
1999 - Produced and released her ninth album, “Live In
Bundaberg”, through her own label Gumleaf Music.
2001 – Won the Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad with "Paddy
William" sung by Slim Dusty.
2003 - Won the Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad with "An Old Cattle
Dog" sung by Slim Dusty.