George PAYNE (1984)
1932 – Born on March 3rd
in Paddington, Sydney.
1936 – Family moved to a small
He became influenced by the yodeling of Harry Torrani, Tex
Morton and Wilf Carter.
1944 – At age 12 with encouragement from his mother he
entered talent quests and won radio 2UW’s “Australian Amateur
Hour”. Joining with his younger brother, Joe, they became the
1951 – Entered Tim McNamara’s “2SM National Talent
Quest” and was runner up to Reg Lindsay. Rodeo Records signed
him and he recorded 12 tracks for them. The first being “Love
Sick Blues” and “Your Little Band Of Gold”.
1953 – Married Eileen and they became a duo performing
at many shows.
1954 – Formed a duo with Paul Kelly which lasted for a
number of years.
1984 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.