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Kevin SHEGOG (1983)

Kevin Shegog

1933 – Born on the 20th of August in Lower Turner Marsh, near Launceston, Tasmania.

1941 – Age 8 his sister gave handed him down a four string tenor guitar.

1942 – Age 9 got a full sized instrument. He had to learn how to tune it and to play.

1943 – Age 10 was performing at dances.

1947 – Age 14- Had been performing at many venues around the district, including the National Theatre in Launceston, where he performed mainly Tex Morton, Buddy Williams and Hank Snow material.

He had started writing his own material, but it wasn’t until he saw a play about Ned Kelly that he wrote his famous song “The Little Kangaroo”.

This was followed by “One Small Photograph” and “Wayward Rambler”.

Kevin married and moved to Melbourne and then to Shepparton where he worked at various jobs around the district. He performed at local dances and on 3SR Shepparton “Harmony Trail” with a group called “The Goldtoppers”.

A recording executive heard that Claude King was to release “Wolverton Mountain” so he arranged for Kevin to record the song and had this version to the radio stations and shops before Claude’s version was released.

After this success he toured with Rick and Thel Carey. After a short tour with Frankie Foster Kevin stopped touring. He decided that he did not want to be a support act as it did not pay enough and did not want to take a show out under his own name.

1983 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.

2000 – Died on the 9th of November.