Mike O'MALLEY (1987)
1925 – Born on February 8th
Age 16 he heard Tex Morton and
became interested in country music.
His first guitar teacher only
taught Hawaiian style so he had to teach himself the country
After leaving school he worked in
a tannery and then itinerant worker.
1945 – Age 20 he came second in a
radio talent quest of 5AD.
1947 – Appeared on the 5AD “On
Parade” program for 12 years.
1952 – Entered Australia’s
Amateur Hour with his sister-in-law Christine. Worked with Bob
Fricker and appeared on the Annual Cowboy Swing Show. He won the
“Cowboy Cup” for the most popular country singer.
1953 – Married Sylvia.
1954 – Recorded four sides in
Sydney for Rodeo
Records. Began a six month tour with Noel George and his buck
jump show. This was to the start of six years of touring with
1956 – Recorded a further four
tracks for Rodeo Records. Problems with copyright on one of
these songs resulted in two songs not being released. This
turned Mike off further recording which affected his career.
Mike took a spell from touring.
1959 – Mike and Maurie Lawson
teamed up for a six month tour of Victoria and
South Australia and
then a few months in Sydney.
Mike then teamed up with Neville Lawson who had a wildlife
lecture touring show and toured with him until 1963.
1963 – The life of touring with 4 children was becoming
difficult so the settle down in Mount
1968 – Moved to Whyalla and made
a brief comeback into show business with his son Wayne and
1986 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards-
Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1987 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.