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Johnnie RIVERS (1997)

Johnny Rivers

Born Ron Swinbourne in Narrabri, NSW.

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 Muswellbrook.

1970 – Gained a position with the construction of the Liddell Power Station.

1997 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.