Dusty RANKIN (1980)
1924 – Born Roger Hogan February
8th, a few miles out of Birchip, Victoria
1940 – Age 16, starts writing
“Little Log Cabin in the Plains.”
On one occasion in
Dame Nellie Melba heard Roger Hogan sing, and praised the
quality of his voice.
1943 – Age 19, Dusty learns to
came from a combination of studying chord charts on music sheets
and watching Gene Autry movies. The old movies had close ups of
Gene playing guitar which Dusty studied then copied.
1946 – Age 22, Dusty decided
definitely on a music career.
He began with
an appearance on “Australia’s
Amateur Hour” and sang “Where
Wends its Way”.
He topped the poll and gained
the foothold he needed in showbiz as a result.
EMI would record him he was told to gain more experience and
become a little more widely known. He did so with a year
performing with “Skuthorpes Rodeo”
1948, Regal Zonophone
recognised the potential of this enthusiastic young man, and
using the now famous name of "Dusty Rankin," Roger Hogan's
recording career began and prospered through the era of 78 rpm
records. He cuts 6 sides with Regal Zonophone Label.
are a success.
One of the
highest selling discs on Regal was “Tell
Me Tonight that You Still Love Me”.
the next 13 years he cut only 4 more sessions.
During the next few years, he
travelled the road show circuit.
1953 – Third session he
recorded a song by Mike Hawthorne.
The song “Currabubula”
village 30km from Tamworth).
1961 - Whilst touring with the
Athol McCoy Show, decided to return to his farming property in
having made the difficult decision to set aside a full time
musical career in favour of a close and happy family life which
he has always felt should be a man's number one enterprise. It
is also his last EMI session which included perhaps one of the
best songs of its type ever written in
by ‘Eddie Tapp’ – “Come
1965 - In June, Dusty was
persuaded to record for Hadley Records twelve songs that were to
make up his first three extended play 45 vinyl records and
subsequently a long play vinyl album.
1970 - He recorded 24 songs
with just his own dobro guitar accompaniment in his own home for
Hadley. The recordings were returned to
where backing was added in 1971 & 1973. These recordings were
released on Hadley albums in 1971 and 1974.
1980 – Dusty put down songs
with Selection Records.
the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1988 - Dusty was presented
with an "Australiana Golden Acoustic Guitar Bi-Centenary Award"
acknowledging his contribution to Country Music, and he also
appears in the "Avenue of Honour" in
1996 - Elevation to the "Roll
of Renown" in January. The citizens of Birchip recognised
Dusty's musical contribution to the town by erecting a plaque in
Birchip's main street, Cumming
2015 - Passed away on September 22nd.