Johnnie RIVERS (1997)
Born Ron Swinbourne in Narrabri,
At age 13 he heard Canadian Wilf
Carter sing and became an instant fan. Johnny obtained a guitar
and taught himself to play and to start writing his own songs.
Made some process (custom) 78
recordings but was too shy to appear live until the McKean
Sisters invited him to perform. Through them he started
performing on the McNamara, Quigg and Lindsay shows.
1951 – Made his only recording
session for Regal Zonophone where he put down six tracks. These
were only moderately successful.
As he did not like live
performing this ended his musical career so he focused on his
career with the Electricity Commission (under his real name).
1964 – He married and moved to
1970 – Gained a position with the
construction of the Liddell Power Station.
1997 – Inducted into the Hands of