1926 – Born 24 December, Paddington Sydney.
An only child.
1929 – Parents move to Cooks
1937 – Age 11 Gordon gets his first
mail order guitar. Soon young Gordon was known all over the
district through his talent.
1940 – Age 14 Gordon leaves his
1942 – Age 16, Gordon works
as a sleeper cutter.
He became a
skilled axeman and many have said a champion.
His reputation as a singer had
spread his friends persuaded Gordon to enter “Terry Dear’s
Amateur Hour”, he ran second to a female violinist.
1946 – Age 18 May, Regal
Zonophone records six sides with Gordon after hearing him on the
During this time Gordon was
in good demand for personal appearances with numerous travelling
shows with Goldwyn Brothers Circus.
While on tour
he met his wife Zelda of the Great Ashton’s Circus family.
1949 – Daughter Gail born.
Due to incompatibility their marriage
Gordon was touring regularly with major country acts,
Slim Dusty, Chad Morgan, Rick and
Nicholls, Athol McCoy and Tim McNamara.
In between tours he
to write more songs to do a bit of fishing, farm work or any
kind of menial work.
1951 – In between his career
interruption for the need of “peace of the bush” Gordon put down
six more tracks for Regal Zonophone.
1953 – Two tracks – again in
’55, ’67 and ’68.
1950’s – 1980’s.
releases with (‘50’s) Mystery, (60’s) Hadley (70’s) CM Records,
1956 – Wrote “The Pub with No
Beer” about the Cosmopolitan Hotel at Taylors
– Someone handed Gordon a scrap of paper
with a few pencilled verses and suggested it might make a good
That’s how the legend of the Pub with No
Gordon began to add verses about the
characters who frequented the old Pub of nearby Taylors Arm.
Adding a tune he tried it at sing-songs
and parties around the areas.
Some more words and refinements were
added during s subsequent tour with Slim Dusty and Chad
Gordon used the song on the show and
planned to record it.
1957 – Slim records the “Pub with No Beer” as a “B” side
1958 – Pop radio stations “flipped” the record and the
record raced up the charts.
It was the first ’78 to win a Gold
Gordon’s writing versatility is shown in three widely
differing favourites, the whimsical
(Recorded by Rex Dallas)
and the popular
Kind of Life I Live”.
1978 – Married third wife
Jeanette and settled in
1979 – Inducted into the
Hands of Fame in Tamworth.
1980’s – Produced three top classic albums “The
“Throw In A
Line” all on the Selection Label.
1982 – Inducted into the
“Roll of Renown” in Tamworth.
1984 – Has his effigy in
Tamworth’s Wax Museum and
was special guest star at the 1984 Australasian Country Music
The Passing of Cobber Jack, Where the
Bellinger River Flows are listed in the
most requested country songs.
1990 – South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Gordon passes away at age 63.
He is buried
2003 – Bronze Bust erected in
the Bicentennial Park Tamworth.
“I’d rather be fishing than doing anything else”