1924 - Born on August 2nd
Dunedin, New Zealand.
Early musical career started in
the Dunedin School Choir. It was on a choir picnic that Les
first heard country music. He bought a banjo and with his
brother, Cole began practicising.
1938 – Started singing
professionally where he played at the Town Hall dances in
Shorty after he gave up music for a couple of years.
When Tex Morton visited he gave
Les some instructions on the guitar.
1940’s – Early recording career,
over 8 or 9 years but never recorded in a studio. Percy
Stephens, who owned a private radio station, recorded Les in a
hall and these were snapped up by Regal Zonophone.
1952 - Les married Jean Calder
and as a duo toured constantly.
1960 – Les and Jean toured
A family tragedy occurred during the tour which resulted in them
ceasing performing. They settled in
Les working as an auto electrician.
1977 – The record “Death of the
Wahine” was released- it had been recorded earlier in Les’s
1978 – Inducted into the Hands of