Carole STURTZELL (2000)

Carole Sturtzell

1944 - Born on the 21st May in Adelaide.

In 1961 Adelaide saw Carole Sturtzel begin her career as an entertainer when she joined a band called ’Tremors’.

She was no stranger to the stage since she had studied piano, drama and calisthenics from the age of three. Caroles father, Max was an accomplished tap dancer and an excellent crooner so it’s no surprise that Carole has become an exciting and inspirational performer.

1962 - Carole appeared with the ’THE PENNY ROCKETS’ on NWS 9’s ’WOODIES TEEN TIME’. This was the start of a long and successful TV career which included Channel 9’s ’COUNTRY AND WESTERN HOUR’.’ADELAIDE TONIGHT’-’BANDSTAND ’and channel 7’s ’SEVENTEENERS’ - ’STAIRWAY’ and ’COUNTRY STYLE’ to name but a few.

These pioneering days of television gave Carole the opportunity to work with and be influenced by many wonderful Australian and overseas artists.

Carole continued to perform at most local and country dances that included Hotel Cabaret and Dinner dances and country music festivals such as Tamworth’s ’Country Music Awards’ of Australia Festival.

Carole was also heard on 5AD’s radio show ’WESTERN PARTY’ and a ’THE FOOTY SHOW’ on Adelaides 5KA.

Recording came her way on 5DN with ’THE BLUE STREAKS’. The recording charted well.

1980 - Carole formed her own band ’WILD OATS’and worked solidly around the many venues in Adelaide and South Australia concentrating on country rock.

1991 - Carole was inducted into Barmera’s ’AVENUE OF HONOR’ and in 1994 she was crowned ’S.A.QUEEN OF COUNTRY MUSIC’ at the South Australian Music Awards.

2000 - The song ’MOTHER KNOWS BEST’, a duet performed by Carole and her now famous daughter Beccy Cole, reached the final five nominations for a ’Golden Guitar Award’ for vocal collaboration at the ’Tamworth CMAA Festival’.

2000 - Carole was inducted to into the ’HANDS OF FAME PARK’ at Tamworth in a joint ceremony with Daughter Beccy.

Carole is one of the first of Adelaide’s top female singers to break through into early television in the early sixties making her a pioneer of that so very early period.