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Reg POOLE OAM (1979)

Reg Poole

1944 – Born on the 24th September in Rushworth, Victoria and grew up on his parents property at Tatura.

1955 – Obtained his first guitar and after learning to play it was in demand at concerts.

1960 - He formed his first dance band at age of 16.

1965 – Decides to cut back on his singing activities. Married to Dot.

1970 – Encouraged by announcers at 3SR Shepparton to start entertaining again.

1972 - He first recorded a custom release selling 1,000 copies over the counter of his local Shepparton radio station in 3 weeks.

1973 - He gained a contract with W&G Records, recording his now classic “Australian Country Music Hall of Fame”. Formed the band “The Country Trend” later changing its name to “Silver Eagle Country Band”.

1974 - Gold Guitar for New Talent of the Year with “The Australian Country Music Hall of Fame”. Released the album “Country Music at its Best”.

1975 – Appeared as support act to Marty Robbins and Jimmy Little at the Maroopna Country Music Festival.

1976 - First artist to record on Selection Records.

1977 - Joined Selection Records and released the album “The Long Paddock”.

1978 – Released the album “Goin’ Rodeoin” which had immediate success. It was the first rodeo album released in Australia. Album of the Year finalist with “The Long Paddock”.

1979 – Released the album “Rigs and Roads” which had a big appeal with the trucking industry. Inducted into the Hands of Fame. Best Male Vocalist of the Year Finalist with “Goin’ Rodeoin’”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

1980 - Released the album “From the Cradle to the Saddle”.

1981 - Gold Guitar for Heritage Award with “Warrumbungle Mare”. Released the album “Rodeo Fever”. Toured New Zealand.

1982 – Released the album “Reg Poole Sings”.

1983 – Released the albums “Candles and Wine”, “Slim Dusty, Your Australia” and “The Wanderer”.

1984 – Released the album “When Big Mobs Come to Bourke”.

1985 – Gold Guitar for Heritage Award with “When The Big Mobs Come To Bourke”.

Won the Most Popular Male Vocalist” at the Southern Hemisphere Country Music Awards held at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.

1986 – Album of the Year finalist with “Women of the West” and Heritage Award finalist with “The Drovers Boy”. Host of 3 hour country music program at 3SR Shepparton.

1988 – Heritage Award finalist with “I Love This Land Australia”.

1990 – Judge of the Australian Country Music Awards.

1994 – Released “Goin’ Rodeoin’ Again”. South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1995 – Songmaker of the Year – Finalist. Heritage Award Finalist with “Ghost of 2KM”. Released “Old Mates and Chute Gates”.

1998 - Bungendore Bush Ballad Awards “Album Of The Year” and Best Male Vocalist finalist.

1999 - Named Victorian Entertainer of the Year. Released “A Letter to Buddy”.

2000 – Released “The Cream of Country Music”.

2002 – Songmaker of the Year- Finalist. Released “The Cream of Country Music Vol 2”

2005 – Released “The Long Paddock – Revisited” and “Rigs and Roads Rides Again” reissue.

2006 - Elevated to the Roll of Renown, and received an Order of Australia Medal.

Nominated for an ARIA Award for Country Album.

2007- Male vocalist award at the Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards in Bungendore.

ACRA (Australian Country Recording Artist) Male Artist of the Year, Bush Ballad of the Year, Male Album of the Year.

TSA (Tamworth Songwriters Association)- finalist in Gospel Song of the Year with “Halfway Home”, Country Ballad of the Year.

Victorian Album of the Year with “For the Love of My Country”. Victorian Male Vocalist.

Bush Ballad of the Year with “National Section”.

2009 - South East Gold Medallion Awards – Bush Balladeer of the Year. Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards –Comedy Song with “Ode to the Road”.