Eric SCOTT (1997)
Late 1950s - Eric and his
wife, Hilary, becoming heavily involved with a country music
programme from 7LA
The station had started making acetate disc and tape recordings
of a few of the local Launceston amateur.
1960 - Hilary and Eric decided
to Record one of the local acts and release a "proper" record on
their own label. The name Hadley was inspired by a small
village called Monken Hadley near to where Eric was raised in
1961 - The first Hadley
recording session took place at the 7LA auditorium in the
Quadrant, Launceston. Two brothers, Bill and Ross Kettle
recorded "Judy" (Jody) and their own composition "I Miss Holding
You". The single was released on 1st December.
1962 - The next recording took
place at the National Theatre, Launceston on 6th February, with
Rocky Page becoming the second act to sign with the label. The
band used was the Slim Dusty band, with Joy McKean on Bass, and
Barry Thornton playing electric guitar. Yeldah Music publishing
formed to look after original c/w compositions used on Hadley
From December 1964 to the time
most of the recording sessions were undertaken outside of
licenced hours at the cabaret room of the Hotel Tasmania.
During Hadley's time in
the label had discovered the emerging talents of the Kettles,
Rocky Page, Eddie Tapp and Johnny Heap. 1965 – Eddie Tapp signed
with the Hadley label.
1965 - On the 20th June Dusty
Rankin returned to the recording studio (his original recordings
were on 78). He was joined in two duets with 16 year old Jean
1966 - Eric headed off to
New South Wales
where he worked for six months with 2VM. No recording sessions
while they were in Moree.
1966 - The next move was to
Eric was employed by 3AW for 18 months.
New names were added to the
label's roster - Michael Cooke from
and Kevin and Joyce Durdin from
Hadley used a hotel cabaret room (the Epping Hotel) for the
Cooke and Durdin sessions, and recorded a Singing Kettles
session at the home of Alan Hawking.
1968 - Eric & Hilary's next
radio prompted move was to 2TM,
The town had experienced
musicians who had a deep background in country music. It had
busy, promotional types, a pool of c/w singers with potential
and enthusiasm, an active c/w club and a radio station with a
specialist country music radio programme on a clear channel with
a D.J. who was more than usually enthusiastic.
Late 1969, Eric suggested to
2TM's Max Ellis, John Minson and Kevin Knapp that
needed a name - an identity like Nashville's
Max came up with the now famous "Country Music Capital" (of
From then onwards, all records coming out of
all of the radio programmes and much of the written publicity
carried the Country Music Capital logo.
1970 - Eric and Hilary found
that at last they were able to build a home for themselves, and
Hadley Records was given its first proper recording situation. A
studio (24 feet by 20 feet by 15 feet high), control room and
store room were included in an area of seven squares added to
the end of the house. An updating of the recording equipment was
begun again, and record sales grew steadily.
Because the number of country
was so small, if specialist musicians were required for
recordings, they would have to be brought from elsewhere.
Late in 1971, Hadley began
raising the finance to purchase an 8 track Otari mastering
recorder that used 1 inch wide recording tape. In
at the time, only leading studios in Sydney and Melbourne had
such equipment, so the development was very much state of the
1972 - On 29th March, Hadley
Records released its first national hit recording. Slim
“Redback on the Toilet Seat” sold 96,000 copies in
and 4,000 copies in new Zealand,
earning Slim three gold records.
1976 - Hadley Records decided
to design and build, from the ground up, a brand new studio and
offices at the site in
1977 - The complex was completed
and opened with its first recording sessions in April.
1979 - Hadley purchased a
computer, which was able to handle musician payment, royalties,
accounting. Because operating programmes to suit the very
specialised needs of a specialist record label were not
available, Hadley created its own exclusive suite of software.
1980 – Golden Guitar Country
Music Capital Award.
1981 the label upgraded the
facilities to 24 track with the purchase of a microprocessor
controlled Otari MTR90 machine (24 track on 2 inch tape).
1983 - In August and September
Eric journeyed to the UK
to investigate the practicalities of updating the Hadley studios
to state of the art digital sound.
1984 - Hadley's new Sony digital
equipment began operation in February 1984, and from that time,
all Hadley product has been cut from digital masters.
During 1985, Hadley began to
change the direction of it's house product away from a
predominantly bush ballad catalogue, and diversify towards
country gospel, bush band, instrumental and M.O.R. productions.
- Australasian Country Music Awards, Hadley Records was
presented with a citation acknowledging its 25 years service to
the Australian country music industry.
1987 - In December a MCI JH636
series automated mixing desk replaced the old house assembled
mixer. Many of the highly specialised units on the old desk were
incorporated into the MCI, resulting in a computer controlled
mixing facility a stage further in development to that envisaged
by the designers of the original MCI desk.
1989 saw the release of
Hadley's first compact disc, an instrumental album by Norm
Bodkin and Kenny Kitching. As with the transition from 78 rpm
records to the microgroove,
country music fans were amongst the last to accept the new
2002 – On the 30th June, Hilary
and Eric decided to vastly reduce their work load by closing
down both the studio and the catalogue wholesale divisions,
leaving only Hadley catalogue administration & leasing, and
Yeldah Music Publishing operating.
- After producing Australian country music since 1961 the
production rights to most of the Hadley records Catalogue were
Eric became very involved with
the Australian Country Music Foundation and Hall of Fame,
initially as the archivist and computer programmer. In 2009 he
expanded his involvement when he was elected President of the