Brian YOUNG OAM (1978)

Brian Young  Location- Block 1; position 24

He’s been described as the Singing Rough Rider, the Singing Bushman and the Voice Of The Outback.

1935 - Born September 2nd in Ayr, Queensland.

1952 - Age 17 joined the Australian Rough Riders Association for a career as a professional rider.

1954 - Won the Australian version of the World Bull Riding Title.

1954-1959 - Became involved with country music as well as riding.

1959 - Opted for fulltime career in entertainment. Joined the Rick and Thel troupe.

1961 - Recorded his first self-penned song on an EP for W&G Records Black Man Jacky, Jacky.

Mid 60s - Recorded two singles with EMI Studio Walkaway flip side Kidman the Cattle King

1972 - Went to Tasmania and worked on a property in Woolnorth. Played guest roles on Matlock Police.

1975 - Rejoined the Rick and Thel troupe as a compere- entertainer. Signed with record producer Ross Murphy in Tamworth and recorded the album Young Country on the Opal label.

1977 - Brian put together the Brian Young Show that has toured annually since to Queensland, The Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. With most of the outback touring done by air for the first ten years the show created a record for the longest running air charter in the world.

1978 - Inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth. Recorded “Gotta Wander, Gotta Travel”.

1981 - After a plane crash in which Ken Ramsay was killed and Roger Knox suffering severe burns he reverted to touring by 4 wheel drives.

1982 - Had the longest tour lasting 13 weeks and covering 22,000 km.

1991- Receives a Golden Guitar (The Heritage Award) for Thistles on the Hillside.

1999 - Inducted into the Roll of Renown in Tamworth. Won the TSA Songwriters Award for his significant Song writing contributions.

2000 - Received the Outback Trailblazer Award and the TSA Tex Morton Award.

2001 – Received the O.A.M (Order of Australia Medal). For service to the Australian country music industry as a songwriter, singer, entertainer and promoter of young talent.

*Over the years Brian Young has taken many of today’s artists on his tours, including Troy Cassar-Daley and Beccy Cole, and has covered many of the aboriginal communities where he is well respected and loved. 2005 was his 30th year of touring in the far reaches of the Australian outback.

2016 - Passed away on the 15th May.