1936 – He grew up listening to “hillbilly music”.
Country music was in his blood.
1939 – Age 11 he used to listen to an Hawaiian Music
program on the radio.
1940 – Age 12 his mother took him to the Adelaide
College of Music to learn guitar. He wanted to play like his
idol Tex Morton. He found himself in a class for steel guitar
and fell in love with the sound and so learnt to play the steel
1948 – 1951- Had his own Hawaiian group. Also a member
of the Matariki South Seas Island Club.
1952 – Asked to join “The Trailblazers” a country music
group who performed on stage and radio. Stayed with them for 8
years until they disbanded.
It was through this group that he met Russ and Alan
Hawking who were working as a duo and joined the Hawking
1953 – Met with one of the world’s best steel guitar
players – Speedy West and bought his Fender 1000 pedal steel.
It was this sound that became synonymous with the
Hawking Brother as he was associated with them and “The Hawks”
for 27 years.
1977 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
2007 – June 24th.
Inducted into Australia's
Steel Guitar Hall of Fame at the Brisbane
Steel Guitar Festival
2007 - 28th June.George Xanthos passed away at in
hospital surrounded by his family, wife Lorna and son and
daughter Ricky and Kaylene.