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Terry SMITH (1990)

Terry Smith

1945 – Born in Dungog, NSW, on May 22nd. As a youngster he would siy in with his mothers dance band and try his hand at drumming..

After leaving school Terry bought a bas guitar and until he was 22 he played rock ‘n’ roll with “The Delawares”. They made many television appearances on “Bandstand”, “Saturday Date” and “Teen Time” as well as appearing with the well known rock ‘n’ roll artists at that time. The group also made two single recordings.

He moved to Wauchope and had a dance band before being offered work at the “Texas Tavern” in Sydney with Kevin King and Nev Nicholls.

1969 – Teamed up with Jan Kelly at the Texas Tavern.

Not long after he joined the army and served in Vietnam driving trucks, but still found time to perform.

1971 – Left the army and returned to performing at the Texas Tavern and again teamed up with Jan Kelly.

1972 – Moved to the Gold Coast (Queensland) to appear at the “Surfers Paradise Hotel”. Formed “The Kelly Express” with Jan Kelly. Release two albums “I Need A Lover and a Friend” and “Sorry”.

1974 - Jan and Terry returned to Sydney and again teamed up with Kevin King playing at the Crystal Palace and then the Transport Club.

1980 - Jan and Terry left Sydney and formed their own band Kelly Express and toured extensively.

1986 - Left the Kelly Express and \joined the Stan Coster band. Was the musical director on three of Stan's albums.

1992 - Finished working with Stan Coster and joined the Lindsay Butler Band until 1999.

1990 – Inducted into the hands of Fame. Whilst living in Gloucester worked with the Gloucester Country Music Club where he taught music.

2001 - Moved to Nundle.

2005 – Passed away on the 4th of February and is buried at the Nundle cemetry.