Ron PETERS (1997)

Ron Peters  Location- Block 2; position 84

1921 – Born on the 4th of March at Kalabar, in the Fassifern district of Queensland.

As a child he was a devotee of Australian country music, in particular Tex Morton.

1936 – Age 16 his father bought him his first guitar, on the promise that he would learn to play it. Soon singing and playing at local dances and on the radio stations 4BH, 4BC and 4IP. Eventually having his own show “Rangeland Rhythm” every Saturday night on 4BH.

1946 – Invited to tour with Jack Gills Wild West show. After leaving the rodeo he appeared on Bob Dyer’s “Dude Ranch” on the ABC radio.

1949 - Joined the Lester’s Follies – Married Alexie Wood.

1950 – Ron and Alexie joined with Eric Tutin to take a travelling show “The Vanities” on the road.

1950 – Rejoined Lester’s Follies.

1951 – Travelled to Sydney for his first recording session with Regal Zonophone. Recorded 6 tracks, one of which was “My Fassifern Valley Home”. Stayed in Sydney for 3 years.

1952 – Release of “Rodeo Rhythm” and “Out on the Warrego”. Recorded a total of 18 tracks for Regal Zonophone.

1954 – His father became ill so he returned to the family farm. Ron had continued to perform around the southeast region of Queensland.

1974 – Brief return to recording with a single on Festival- “Boonah Rodeo” and “Freight Whistle Blues”.

1980 – Ron “retired” from performing”.

1996 – Release on CD of the 18 tracks originally released in the 1950’s on Regal Zonophone.

1997 – Inducted in to Hands of Fame. Presented with the Norm Scott Pioneer Award for “his contribution to country music in Australia” by Brian Howard. This prompted Ron to come out of retirement.

1997 – In June recorded 3 tracks for Birubi’s Country Down Under Volume 5.

2002 – Release of the CD “The Three Generations” featuring Ron with his daughter Karen and Granddaughter Danita.

2007 – Awarded the World Alliance of Radio Presenters’ National Legend Register 2007 Queensland Gold Medallion.

2008 – Released a fund raiser CD in aid of drought relief.

2014 – Passed away on October 19th.