Noel PARLANE (1985)
1951 - Born on March 19th in
He took an interest in music from an early are.
1961 – Family moved to Dunedin.
1962 - Noel has always had a
strong interest in music and competed in many country music
talent quests from a young age. Later, as a teenager, he formed
several bands and tried his hand at various forms of music
including virtually everything from light country to heavy rock.
1968 – Finalist in the
“Star Search” which encouraged him to continue with music.
He married and moved to
where he had a day job and entertained at night.
1972 – Appeared on the television
series “Opportunity Knocks” which increased his exposure and
1976 – Appeared on “The
Entertainers” and later formed the band “Nevada”.
1977 – Won the South Island
Country Music Awards in Christchurch
in the song writing section.
1978 – At the New Zealand Gold
Guitar Awards he won “Best Male” and “Best Yodelling” sections.
From this win
he released his first album “Noel Parlane Country”.
1980 – At the New Zealand Country
Music recording Artist Awards in Invercargill he won Top Selling
Artist with “Country Heartaches”. This album had sales exceeding
1981 - 'Best Yodeler' (1981 NZ
Country Music Recording Artists Awards),
1984 - Top NZ Male Vocalist (1984
Nationwide Radio Poll). Secured a record deal with BMG/RCA,
making three albums with that company
1988 - Top Duet (NZ Recording
1985 - Inducted into the “Hands
of Fame” in Tamworth.
1989 - He was given honorary
membership to the Pioneer Club in Brisbane Australia.
1994 – Inducted into the “Hands
Of Fame” in Gore, New Zealand.
1995 - With interest in his
music continuing to spread and attract fans worldwide with the
album 'Can I Count On You' being signed and released by Hawk
1995 - Noel took the
independent road and produced his own CD, “Can I Count On You”.
This was released through Hawk Records in Northern Ireland.
This album was released in
in 1996, and the
1998 - Noel was invited to
perform in Norfolk Island and Nashville, Tennessee, USA where he
visited the Grand Ole Opry and appeared on the Midnight
Jamboree'- a show which went live to 80 million listeners across
the USA. While in Nashville
he also recorded a track for a Christmas album, which was
released worldwide, with a new song titled "Merry Christmas
2000 - Noel moved back to
Brisbane where he was recording and performing his kind of music
to the people throughout the club scene all over Australia.
Gold Medallion Award- Male Vocalist of the Year.
As well as releasing nine
singles, 18 albums including 5 compact discs (4 of which
achieved gold status in sales), and has been involved in more
than 30 television shows in New Zealand namely in Dunedin and
Christchurch with programs released in Nashville with the USA
cable nine networks over a period of 15 years.
Noel was known as “The Yodelling
Milkman” as he delivered milk as a youngster.
2015 – Released “Everybody’s
Here” in April.
2015 – Passed away on June 21st
in Brisbane. Noel was diagnosed with mesothelioma on February