TIM McNamara 1981

Tim McNamara

"The Cowboy Troubadour"

1922 - Born Timothy Edward McNamara on October 10th in Orange NSW.

1934 - Age 12 family moves to Michelago.

1935 - Age 13 - Leaves school.  Family moves to Sydney, Tim stays in the bush and works on properties. Buys his first guitar and learns to play hillbilly music.

1938 - Meets Daphney Ford a champion horsewoman and together they head to Sydney.

1940 - Marries Daphney in Sydney Tim is 18 at this time.

1940-1941 - Tries his luck breaking into show business through talent quests with his brother Tommy Mack.  This leads Tim into professional engagements.

World War II. Temporary halt to his career as he joins the Air Force but continues to sing on Air Force duties overseas.

1945 - Discharged from Air Force and goes back into show business. Topped the poll on the 13th Australia’s Amateur Hour with his brother Tommy Mack.

1948 - Becomes popular and a highly competent performer. In the same year he is selected for a part in the Australian movie “Into the Straight” in which he sang 2 of his own songs- “Riding Along” and “We’re Going to the Rodeo Today”.  He cut his first record with EMI and recorded and sang for the movie “Riding Along” and “We’re Going to the Rodeo Today”. Tim becomes the 15th Australian recording star.

1949 - American entrepreneur “Bill Ferrier begins to present the first of Sydney Country Music Hall Shows and Tim signs with 2SM for a  highly influential Radio Show giving enormous exposure to young artists with the associated talent quest in 1951 packing Sydney Town Hall. Guest artists on his show included Gordon Parsons and Slim Dusty.  He stays for 5 years. Appeared in the film "Into the Straight" and sang "We're Going to the Rodeo Today”.

1950 - Tim persuades 2SM Rodeo Records and a major advertising company to join him into converting his radio show into a Talent Quest.  Assisted Kevin King, Pat Ware, Rex Dallas, McKean Sisters in getting their start in the industry. Signed with the Rodeo label.

1951 - The Grand Final of the talent quest is held at the Sydney Town Hall with a Rodeo Recording Contract as first prize. Reg Lindsay won the final after a 3 day motorbike ride from Adelaide to appear.

1952 - January, Johnstones Music Store handles 989 advance bookings for a Tim McNamara Show in Parramatta at the Town Hall.

1956 - Tim changes to the Festival Label.

1959 - Appears on Roy Acuffs “Grand Ol’ Opry in Nashville.

1960 - Family takes a trip with Tim and the rodeo show to Noumea. Recorded on EMI.

1963-1967 - Played the Sydney Club circuit.

1971 - Released an album for EMI “Relaxin’”.  The sound was not quite as country as it was of old.

1974 - Records “Tim McNamara Campfire of Dreaming” for Picture Records.  Material leans too heavily on American standards.

1978 - Inducted in the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.

1980 – Recorded on Picture Records.

1981 - Elevated onto The Roll of Renown in Tamworth. Recorded on EMI.

1983 - Died April 16 in Sydney.

1987 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2002 – Inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame in recognition of his pioneering work in radio in the promoting and encouragement of artists who later became household names.