John "Doc" RILEY (1991)
1939 – Born on August 28th
at Barraba, NSW.
Grew up on a wool and cattle
property. He was nicknamed Doc from an early age. His father
bought him his first guitar at age 12, and he played at local
dances. He joined the army and after leaving he joined a rock ‘n
roll band in Brisbane.
In the early 60’s his love of
country music took him back to
At this stage the country music scene in
was starting to develop and he was part of this early history
with shows being held regularly in the Town Hall and pubs.
After a few tours of NSW and
he produced his first record. This was recorded at radio station
with Ross Murphy of Opal Records. This song “Better Make Up Your
Mind” topped the charts for 10 weeks before being replaced by
Lionel’s Rose “Let Me Thank You”.
To gain further experience Doc
traveled to America
and performed in California
before returning to
He teamed up with Terry Gordon and performed at the 1983
1991 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.