Tex WILLIAMS (1982)
1924 – William James Walker in
Melbourne on July 26.
1940’s – Involved in the
country music scene playing banjo.
A member of the Victorian Banjo
Tex bought a
guitar for five pounds and learnt to “pick and strum”. He won a
number of talent quest at the time, working day jobs including
as a bread carter with a horse and cart, on the railway and as a
After “hitting the road” with a
Tex worked in a
variety of locations from Trangie to Narromine where he
entertained at one of the local pubs where he was earning three
or four pounds per afternoon compared with 10 shillings a week
in the shearing sheds.
arriving in Sydney,
Tex worked a
number of venues including clubs and the Trivoli Theatre.
1952 - He recorded with Regal
Zonophone, two singles “Want to be a Cowboy” and “Smokin’ My
Last Cigarette” although he was not sure if these were released.
Gave away music and moved to the
Riverina droving and horse breaking for two years.
Returned to music and appeared
with Slim Dusty, Reg Lindsay, Frank Ifield and many others
Involved in rodeo for much of his
serious injuries in the late 1950’s
1962 - Tex
joined the Royal Victorian Blind Show where he stayed for a year
and ultimately became manager of the show.
In the ‘60s, Tex
recorded with Festival Records through Slim Dusty, with whom he
travelled visiting 195 towns for 230 shows.
He signed a five year contract
with festival in 1969, releasing three albums including
“lonesome Yodeller” in
1970. Tex’s recording
career included Country Music Capital’s Hadley Records, M7
Records (including An Australian Way To Sing a Country Song) and
EMS Records where he released a “Most requested “ album of 20
1982 – Inducted into the Hands of
1988 – South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
2008 – Died on January 22nd.