John "Doc" RILEY (1991)

John "Doc" Riley

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 Tamworth. At this stage the country music scene in Tamworth 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 Queensland he produced his first record. This was recorded at radio station 2TM, Tamworth, 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 and Nevada, before returning to Australia in 1982.

He teamed up with Terry Gordon and performed at the 1983 festival.

1991 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.