1926 - Eric, songwriter, singer, author and Selection
Records proprietor was born on the 16th
of April, and grew up on a dairy farm near Casino.
1935 - After radio arrived Eric soon new all Tex Morton
and other artists songs by heart, and at the age of 12, began to
write his own songs.
1952 - Moved to
and with the help of Pat Ware, he had his songs recorded by Glen
Davis and Jimmy Little, then back to the bush for a while.
1962 - Eric returned in
Sydney and was
writing again. Slim Dusty recorded his song "When Snowy Sings of
Home." Soon after Buddy Williams, Rick & Thel, Eddie Tapp, Reg
Poole and many other artists used his songs.
1975 - Published Volume 1 of the "History of Australian
1978 - Launched Selection Records with a debut album of
Rodeo Songs by Reg Poole.
1983 – Published Volume 2 of the "History of Australian
A tireless worker for country music, Eric was elected to
the Board of the C.M.A.A.
1996. A trustee of the Country
Music Heritage Hall in
1977 - Golden Guitar Wrangler Special Award for his
services to the Country Music industry.
2004 – Awarded the Medal of the Order of
for his service to country music.
2006 – Acknowledged by the
Australian Country Music Foundation with a Literary Award “for
his significant contribution to country music through written
publication”. This award was presented to Jazzer Smith in 2009
as the “Eric Watson Award”.
2007 – Inducted into the Hands
- Passed away on the 8th of January.