"Cowboy" Bob PURTELL (1988)
1937 – Born in
New South Wales,
on the 10th of September.
1951 – Left school and entered
the bakery trade, but had to give that away.
1958 – Worked as a labourer and
seasonal worker up to 1958.
1959 – Moved to
and stated a gardening business.
1962 – Started driving trucks.
1969 – Age 32 entered the Country
music business with the help of Bill Kelly and Kevin King.
Made 9 appearances on the Reg
Lindsay Country Music Show from Brisbane
1974 – Released his first album
on the Festival label.
1975 – Appeared on the John
Burles 2KY program.
1976 – Won a Golden Guitar for
best New Talent.
Bob was now getting a lot of
airplay on South Australian radio and then on 2UE
1981 – Released “Cross Country
Cowboy” which was recorded at Smoky Dawson’s Ranch.
This was followed with
appearances on the Frank Ifield TV Show.
The album “Black Sheep” was
recorded on the Nev Nicholls "Nicholls’N’Dimes" label and
released through RCA.
1988 – Inducted into the
Hands of Fame.