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Les WILSON (1978)

Les Wilson

1924 - Born on August 2nd in 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 Dunedin. 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 Australia. A family tragedy occurred during the tour which resulted in them ceasing performing. They settled in Brisbane with Les working as an auto electrician.

1977 – The record “Death of the Wahine” was released- it had been recorded earlier in Les’s lounge room.

1978 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.