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RICKY & TAMMY(1998)

    Ricky  Tammy  

Brother and sister Jurij and Tamara Osypenko were born to Ukranian parents in Germany after the Second World War. The family immigrated to South Australia in 1951 to Kingston-On-Murray. They took the stage name of "Ricky and Tammy".

From an early age Ricky wanted to sing and play guitar.

1960 - Aged 11 Rick started guitar lessons with Rocky Page. Tammy began singing with Rick 6 months later. Encouraged by Rocky page they began performing in the local area.

1961 - Toured with Slim Dusty in Tasmania during their school holidays. It was Slim who suggested their stage names. Moved to Sydney at the invitation of Johnny Devlin.

1963 - Toured with show promoter Frank Foster along with other artists such as Tex Morton, Chad Morgan, The LeGarde Twins and Kevin Shegog. Toured for 4 1/2 years and covered over 200,000 kilometres.

Late 1960's - Recorded four singles and an E.P. for the Sunshine Label. Returned to Sydney to perform on the club circuit.

1968 - Difficult to get work in Sydney so did two tours entertaining the troops in Vietnam.

1973 - After appearances on Reg Lindsay's Country and Western Hour they were offered a regular spot on the Travelin' Out West country program hosted by John Williamson from Newcastle and screened on 50 TV stations Australia wide. The program aired for 2 years. This program produced two albums featuring the shows regulars and resulted in the release of two albums on EMI by Ricky and Tammy- "Songs of Many Colours" and "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye".

1977 - Stopped working professionally after 16 years. Tammy had her first child and Ricky pursued a solo career.

1986 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Early 1980's - Tammy and her husband had a restaurant on the Hawkesbury River and Ricky and Tammy began singing there on weekends.

1998 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame.