The Hawking Brothers 1989
Russell and Alan

Hawking Brothers

1931 – July 1st Russell Hawking born, Mooroopna Victoria.

1933 – July 7th Alan Hawking born, Mooroopna Victoria.

1935 – Mother dies.  Alan raised by his grandparents (mother’s parents) in Clifton Hill. 
  Russell raised by grandparents (father’s side) in Mooroopna.

Because they were raised separately they spent much of their childhood apart. When older Russell moved to the country inspired by brother Rus and cousin Barry Ling. Russell and Barry both played bass and sang.

1940’s – Alan, Russell and Barry went along to the newly formed Hillbilly Club in Brunswick.

 This is where they got their basic training.

Alan worked as a cabinetmaker, so he made his first guitar which led to a guitar making hobby.  Later he joined the well known fretted instrument maker in Melbourne, “Maton” he stayed 15 years until he became a professional musician in the 70’s.

1950’s - Alan and Russell joined the “Trailblazers” a Melbourne country music concert troupe, working in radio, touring and doing live concerts in and around Victoria where he met his future wife Diane.

Alan and Russell started as a duo Alan on lead and Rus on rhythm guitar featuring the two voices Alan is a multi-instrumentalist. They then formed the band which turned professional in 1970.

1955 – The Hawking Brothers as a duo record their first 78rpm Regal Zonophone disc. “My Darling Daisy”.  Since then almost 30 more recordings in the Hawking Brothers name for W & G, Parlophone”, “Fable”, “Planet”, “Crest”, “Columbia” and “RCA”.

1956 – Alan and Diane marry.  They later have four children.

1960 – Appeared on the television program “New Faces”, winning their heat and the final.

Recorded for Ron Tudor on his new label, Fable, with a backing group called The Wildwoods which consisted of George Xanthos on pedal steel, Gary Newton on bass and Joe Attard on drums. They eventually became The Hawking Brothers Band.

1970 – The Hawking Brothers (full band) become professional musicians.

1972 – Hawking Brothers fan club founded by Dian Johns.  First club ever set up in Australia   for a country band.

They were support acts for Johnny Cash and Buck Owens and many other artists they toured Australia.

Recorded at the famed RCA Studio in Nashville.

1974 – Golden Guitars for Instrumental of the Year with “Yakity Axe” and Vocal Group with “Catfish John”.

1975 – Golden Guitar for Vocal Group of the Year with “Julianna”. Representing Australia on the International Show in Nashville USA. On November 2nd Russell passed away. Peter Hayes was brought into the band and Alan took over as lead vocalist.

1976 – Won award for “The Country Band” that has done the most in country music. 

1977 – Golden Guitar for Best Group” with “This House Runs on Sunshine”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.

1978 – Golden Guitars for Album of the Year with “Country Travellin’” and Vocal Group of the Year with “Silver Wings”. FEIP award (Favourite Entertainment Incentive Performance) for “Best Country Band”

1979 – Golden Guitar for Top Selling Single and Album of the Year with “One Day at a Time”.

Three more FEIP Awards for “Best Country Band”, “Best Country Album – Australasian Radio Recording Award.

1980 – Won Best Country Band FEIP. As The Hawking Brothers they toured with Charlie Pride.  After numerous changes to the band line-up Alan decides to goes solo. – He performs with the help of his long time friends “Country Ltd.” Records with RCA a single “Just For Today” Releases album of the same name. He received two FEIP Awards for Best Male plus Most Popular.

1983 – Golden Guitar for “Best Instrumental” – “Back to Those Rolling Plains”.

1985 - Golden Guitar for Instrumental of the Year with “Gospel Train”

1988 – Alan Hawking passed away on 19th September.

1989 – Inducted into the “Roll of Renown” in Tamworth