1925 - Born Edwin Haberfrield on October 9.
Kempsey NSW. Grew up in Nulla Nulla
Creek, neighbour of Slim Dusty.
1942 - Age 17 wrote “Winter Winds”- recorded by Slim
Dusty in 1957 and became a very well known instrumental after
Barry Thornton recorded it.
1943 - Changed his name to Shorty Ranger same time as
Slim Dusty changed his from Gordon Kirkpatrick. Also called
himself the Singing Wanderer.
1944 - Sang on Dick Fair’s Australia’s
Amateur Hour “It’s All Now Over You”
1948 - January 22.
Shorty and Slim head to
On his return he started to work on the
family farm and a solo career.
1950 - Meets future wife “Ruby Jane Magee” age 22 at a
concert at Taylors Arms.
1951 - Runner up to Reg Lindsay on the Tim McNamara Show
Won a cup and got his first contract
with Rodeo Records.
1952 - September 4 Shorty and Ruby marry.
They later have six children, four boys
and twin girls.
1957 - Slim records Shorty’s composition “Winter Winds”
written 14 years previously.
1969 - Buddy Williams records a complete album of
Album titled “Buddy ‘N’ Shorty”.
Later renamed “Big
after one of the tracks on album.
1974 – August and September Shorty and Ruby joins Buddy
Williams in Birdsville for Buddy Williams Country and Western
Troupe. Tour goes to outback
Carpentaria and the
1976 - Offered a recording contract with Hadley Records
1977 - Inducted to the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.
1978 - Released gospel album “Heaven Country Style”.
1979 - Won award for professionals in the “Barcoo Bush
Ballads Awards” in
song co-written by Jim Wesley a gospel song “In God’s Hands”
1980 - Re-recorded Rye Whiskey at Hadley
First recorded in 1951 on Rodeo Records.
1980’s - Formed “Wildwood Records”.
Now renamed “Wildwood Music”
1983 - Cut his sixth album at Hadley Records.
1989: Awarded Tamworth Song Writers Association Salute
for his writing "Winter Winds."
1993 - Inducted to the Roll of Renown at Tamworth.
1991 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards-
Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2000 - Performs with Lee Kernaghan at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
2003 - Awarded an ARIA for “Winter Winds” after being
released by Lee Kernaghan.
The recording went to number one.
Lee also had a Gold made for Shorty and
sent it to him at “Winter Winds”.
2003 – 26th
January Awarded “Order of Australia
2004 - Donated a stool to McCleay River Historical
Society. Made from the biggest cedar trees grown in the world
and came from Nulla Creek.
Shorty has written some 800 plus songs and has been
recorded by artists such as-
Slim Dusty, Buddy Williams, Reg Lindsay, Reg Poole,
Dusty Rankin, Rick and Thel, The Singing Kettles, Lindsay
Butler, Barry Thornton plus many more.
Some of the Shorty Ranger classic compositions are
"Winter Winds", which made Barry Thornton famous on record as a
lead guitarist, ""My Old Aussie Homestead", "Somebody's Mother",
"Somewhere Up in Queensland", "Willy Willy", "Song of the
Macleay", "Old Rusty Bell", "Toy Telephone" (with Ivy Waters),
"The Big Banana Land", "Buggy and Pair", "Queensland Texas Rose"
and "Old Kentucky Rig."
Shorty Ranger passed away on 22nd June.