Buddy WILLIAMS (1977)

Buddy Williams  Location- Block 1; position 17

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 Coffs Harbour.  During this time busked around Sydney and Newcastle.

1935 - Cut his first record (a process disc that was not generally distributed) to see for himself how he would sound.

1936 - Age 18 sang professionally first time at the Jacaranda Festival Grafton.

1939 - September 7 two days after his 21st birthday went to Sydney and 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 ncluded “Happy Jackaroo” and “Australian Bushmans Yodel”

1942-1945 - Eight recording sessions including “Music for My Pony’s Feet” and “Where the White Face Cattle Roam”

World War II - Enlisted in the 2nd AIF as a Bren Gunner.  Joined 2/21st Battalion.  Sent home after being wounded at Balikpapan. Awarded the “Pacific Star” medal.

1946 - Made his first film appearance in “He Chased a Chicken” .and also recorded his hit “Overlander Trail”

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 Castlereagh Street recorded “Missing in Action”.

1953 - Kept touring Australia and recorded “The Kelly Gang”.

1956 - Recorded “Little Red Bonnet” in remembrance to his baby daughter Donita.

1958 - Cut first 45rpm record for EMI Columbia Label “I’ll Stroll Down Memory Lane with You”. 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  appearance was at Muswellbrook Town Hall.

1974 – Records “13 Wonderful Years” written by Pat Ware.  The song 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 documentary “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 Warwick rodeos.

1983 – Buddy collaborates with Pat Ware and together they write the song “The Hobo’s Epitaph” which was to be his final song.

1985 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

1986 - Died 12 December of cancer in Brisbane Hospital.