Buddy WILLIAMS (1977)
1918 - Born Harold Taylor on September 5 in Newtown,
Sydney. Spent seven
years in Glebe Point Orphanage before being fostered to people
in Dorrigo. NSW.
1933 - Age 15 ran away from
home worked in a quarry in
time busked around
1935 - Cut his first record
disc that was not generally distributed)
to see for himself how he
1936 - Age 18 sang professionally first time at the
Jacaranda Festival Grafton.
1939 - September 7 two days
after his 21st
birthday went to
recorded with Regal Zonophone.
(You had to
be 21 years of age at that time to sign any legal documents
without an adult.)
1940’s - Played Sydney’s Theatre
Royal with Ray Rene and Evie Hayes. Made two more recording
sessions and produced nine more of his self penned songs which
1942-1945 - Eight recording
“Music for My Pony’s Feet”
“Where the White Face Cattle
World War II
Enlisted in the 2nd
AIF as a Bren Gunner.
after being wounded at
Awarded the “Pacific Star” medal.
1946 - Made his first film
“He Chased a Chicken” .and
also recorded his hit “Overlander
1947 - Married second wife
Grace in Brisbane
January 31. Their first child Donita Carolyn born that year.
1948 - Daughter Donita accidentally killed in Scottsdale
Tasmania on 29
November aged I year and 9 months.
1952 - Cut first Country
Session for Regal Zonophone Label at their new studio in
1953 - Kept touring Australia
“The Kelly Gang”.
1956 - Recorded
“Little Red Bonnet”
remembrance to his baby daughter Donita.
1958 - Cut first 45rpm record
for EMI Columbia Label
“I’ll Stroll Down Memory Lane
Recorded 46 sides on singles plus 10 tracks for LP’s.
1965 - Buddy signed to RCA Label.
1965 - 1972 - 13 albums released through RCA along with
numerous singles and EP’s.
1972 - Teamed up with Tex
Morton and toured the eastern states. Their first
1974 – Records “13 Wonderful
Years” written by Pat Ware.
contains 64 titles of other songs Buddy had previously recorded.
1977 - Inducted to The Roll of Renown and The Hands of
Fame in Tamworth.
1977-1978 - Ceased touring due to a heart attack.
1979 - RCA presents a Gold Plated Map of Australia in
recognition on 40 years of recording and touring.
1979-1980 - Began touring again extensively.
1979 - Completed film
“The Last Fair Dinkum Aussie Outback entertainer”
1980 – Golden Guitar for
Heritage Award with “What
a Dreary Old World
it Would Be”.
1981 - Made first honourable
citizen of Warwick
for contribution to the success of the
1983 – Buddy collaborates with Pat Ware and together
they write the song “The Hobo’s Epitaph” which was to be his
1985 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards-
Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1986 - Died 12 December of
cancer in Brisbane