Noel PARLANE (1985)

Noel Parlane

1951 - Born on March 19th in Roxburgh, Central Otago. 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 New Zealand’s “Star Search” which encouraged him to continue with music.

He married and moved to Sydney where he had a day job and entertained at night.

1972 – Appeared on the television series “Opportunity Knocks” which increased his exposure and bookings.

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 40,000 copies.

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 Awards 1988)

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 Records in Northern Ireland in.

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 Great Britain, Europe in 1996, and the USA in 1997

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 Mama".

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.

2006 – Queensland 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 6th.