RICKY & TAMMY(1998)
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.
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
screened on 50 TV stations
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
Ricky and Tammy began singing there on weekends.
1998 - Inducted into the Hands