Stan’s songwriting ability was first used in 1956. He
worked out he could write when wife Dorothy took ill and was
hospitalized leaving Stan to look after the house and children,
he would write his lyrics at the kitchen table in the still of
Being a true bushman Stan had the
stories and hardships of the bush in his head and only had to
relate them into lyric form so they could be sung. He had been a
rodeo rider, stockman, miner, burr cutter, shed hand, shooter
and slaughter man giving him the knowledge that would allow him
to even put the stories of others to pen with the feel as if it
had happened to him.
While Stan is best remembered as a songwriter by most
those that knew him remember a singer / songwriter / bushman who
became a legend in his own lifetime who was always a true
gentleman where the ladies were concerned.
1930 - Born May 27 in Casino NSW.
1944 - Left school age 14 and worked for local butcher
in Woolgoolga NSW.
1946 - Went sleeper cutting in the
1948 - Worked on the
1950 - Aged 20 joined a travelling rodeo as a rough
1951 - Marries Dorothy Aileen Milton on January 24.
1952 - First child born Jayne Louise on April 6th.
1954 - Only son born Russell James on April 6th
1956 - Starts composing songs based on life experiences.
1960 - Stan meets Slim Dusty for the first time at
Longreach, QLD, Slim invites Stan to come around next morning
and sing a few of his songs- Stan fails to keep the appointment,
due to getting tangled up with a few ringer mates at the pub.
1961 - Stan meets Slim for the second time in
Rockhampton QLD, this time Stan makes the appointment and plays
2 of his original’s, “ Back to the “Saltbush Plains” & “Over the
1962 - Slim Dusty records Stan’s first song “Return of
the Stockman” Slim goes on to record another 70 of Stan’s songs.
1966 – Youngest child Tracy Leann was born on April
1977 – Inducted into the Hands of
Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year with “Three
Rivers Hotel” (It was recorded by Slim Dusty).
1978 - Ross Murphy record producer and owner of Opal
Label convinced Stan to record his own material.
1979 - March 28 – 29 Records “My
People” at Dubbo’s CM Studio’s.
Also tours with
the Brian Young Show and is the first artist to appear on 2TM’s
live country music show. Same year begins to tour with his wife
Dot and daughter Tracy.
and his family move to Manilla just north of
New South Wales.
1980 - Records songs “From a Wanderer’s Pen” at Hadley
1982 - Returns to Hadley Studio’s
to record “The Song Maker”. First ever artist to receive the
“Inaugural Song Maker Award” Stan also records the “Wobbly Boot
Hotel” on a single, it is his 100th
original recorded song.
He won the
Tamworth Songwriters Association’s Songmaker Award.
1983 - May 12 records first LP
“This Big Old Land” for Slims, Nulla Records at Honey Farm
Stan also appears in the Slim Dusty Movie.
1984- Stan forms his own record label, “Gidgee Records”,
and records his first Independent release, “Travelling my own
1987 - Awarded a Golden Guitar for APRA Song of the Year
for “He’s a Good Bloke When He’s Sober”.
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1989 – Receives the Queens OAM for Services to Country
Music and another album for Gidgee, “Songs me Old Mates Wrote”.
1990 – Inducted into the Roll of
1992 – Awarded by the Spirit of
“The National Living Asset”.
1994 - Stan records his third album for Gidgee
Records-“Remember the Time”.
1995 - Awarded Golden Guitar (Heritage Award) for Bush
Ballad Song of the Year with “Lawson’s Loaded Dog”
1996 - Stan releases his last album “Come Back to the
Bush” on Gidgee Records.
Died March 25 from cancer at Manilla.
Bronze bust unveiled in
Tamworth’s Bicentennial Park.