1928 - Dean "Rocky" Page was
born at Kadina on May 10, 1928.
Rocky's parents had a mixed farm.
1932 - His father passed away and
the family moved to a dairy farm at Wallaroo.
Rocky volunteered for all the
circuses and travelling concert shows in the hope of getting a
ticket to the show. I
1939 - His mother moved to
Crafers in the Adelaide Hills where Rocky completed his
Rocky's step father, George
Westly, was a talented musician on the button accordian and
mouth organ and taught Rocky to play these instruments. Rocky's
first job was delivering meat and mail around the Adelaide Hills
on horseback - rain, hail or shine.
Early 1940's that Rocky met
great radio personality, Uncle Bert Wooley, who gave him a
guitar and taught Rocky to play. Bert was a fine entertainer.
Rocky and Bert performed in many shows around
Late 1940's Rocky appeared on
many radio stations, Mel Cameron's Radio Canteen 5DN, Bob
Fricker's Mountain Music 5AD, The Tivoli Shows and Good Friday
1947 - Rocky made his first
custom record at 5AD. He also taught music at the Adelaide
College of Music.
1951 - He moved to Berri and
continued to teach for the Adelaide College of Music. Every
Riverland town and charity organisation benefited by the "Rocky
Page School of Music Shows".
1956 - Rocky and Family toured
with Stan and Kitty Gill around Australia
in their rodeo and circus. Rocky was billed as the "Singing
Cowboy Hypnotist Extraordinaire".
At the close of this tour in
Rocky met Les Partel and as partners had many joint ventures in
show business and recorded as the Whitman Brothers.
Rocky appeared on television
many times on Channels 9 & 7 and on Radio 3DB. The Rocky Page
Show was playing to packed houses everywhere, with top artists,
Tex Barnes, Ian Castles, Les Partell, Isobel Denmead and Ken
Rocky then opened a music shop
and music school.
1957 - Rocky had a weekly
radio programme that played on 5RM (Berri), 3TR (Sale),
3CV (Maryborough) and 7HT (Hobart).
1961 - Rocky undertook a two
month tour in Tasmania with the Slim Dusty Show and Rocky
recorded for Hadley Records in Launceston with Slim, Joy and
Barry Thornton backing.
The next six years Rocky spent
working with Frank Foster on most capital city show grounds with
great artists such as Lonnie Lee, Slim Dusty, Chad Morgan,
Lionel Long, Johnny Chester, Johnny Devlin, Johnny O'Keefe and
Early 1967 Rocky performed a
lightening tour with the Johnny Young Spectacular. Later that
year Rocky joined the Slim Dusty Show for a complete tour of
which in Rocky's own words were very happy and exciting times.
1968 - Rock again toured with
Slim and Joy with regular appearances on Reg Lindsay's Country
and Western Hour television show in Adelaide.
1971 - Rocky organised and
started the very successful Berri Rodeo.
1976 - Radio 5RM Service to Youth
1977 - The First Riverland
Citizen of the Year
1978 - Riverland Special Citizen
of the Year. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1978 - Rocky rode a horse to
putting on numerous shows to raise funds for Apex Help A Kid
Make It Appeal and raided in excess of $10,000. The rides and
shows took some four months to complete. Also the first South
Australian Country Music Awards were conducted following the
Over the next 20 years, Rocky
continued to organise and promote the South Australian Country
Music Awards and was instrumental in establishing the Festival
which is now part of
a ten days of
Country Music in the Riverland.
1983 - Dedication to County Music
Music Award (Tamworth).
1984 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1988 - Riverland Tourism Award -
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
1990 - Industry Award
Country Music Club
1990 - Received the Order of
Australia Medal for service to the community and to country
1991 - Songwriters
Morton Award (Tamworth)
1995 - Lions Club Award (Tamworth)
1995 - South Australian Music
Industry Award - SAMIA
1995 - Rotary Award
1996 - Service to Council -
District of Barmera
1997 - Special Award Riverland
Country Music Festival
1997 - Broadcasters Hall of
Fame - ACMF (Tamworth)
Rocky's health was not always
the best and after a long battle with Motor Neuron Disease,
Rocky lost the battle against the disease in on the 14th of June
1998 - Elevated to the Roll of