NEV NICHOLLS 1992
1930 – Born on the 16th
of September at Millthorpe, central west NSW. Spent his early
childhood on a farm at Tallwood.
1941 – Started playing the
guitar, learning mainly songs of Buddy Williams, and started
writing songs of his own.
1942 - Family moved to a
larger property near Blaney, but his father died shortly after
leaving the family battling to make a living. As the age of 12
had to work on the family farm with schooling a secondary
consideration. When conditions on the farm permitted
worked on other properties to earn extra money.
started singing at church concerts and on 2GZ, the local radio
1952 – In
to put down some custom recordings and was given an audition and
then signed with Regal Zonophone.
Put down 22
sides for Regal Zonophone, mostly his own material. Appeared on
Amateur Hour” and “Tim McNamara’s Talent Quest.
With ambitions to be a
superstar he moved to
but jobs were scarce in the music industry and so took a job as
an insurance salesman.
1954 – Signed with EMI.
1957 – Did his first country
tour with Reg Lindsay. Nev
with Chad Morgan, Rick & Thel and
"The All Star Western Show"
which also included fiddle player
This show lasted about a year.
1958 – Rejoined with Reg Lindsay
to do tours through NSW and QLD.
1961 – A disastrous year for
travelling shows as television had been introduced to country
areas and the radio stations were not playing much country
saw that the conditions for touring were deteriorating so
started working the Sydney
1968 – Joined with Kevin King
for a 10 year stint at the Texas Tavern in Kings Cross (Sydney).
Members of Nev's band,
"The Country Playboys"
Phil Emmanual, Dave Longmore, Gary Brown, Farmer John Hayton,
Mick Hamilton, Kenny Kitching, Laurie Allen, Peter Bazley.
Allan Tomkins, Les Young, John Dunn, Mike Fahy, Johnny Heap.
Steve Hopes, Laurie Webb, Paul Kniepp, Tony Stan
and many more.
Guests who dropped in and did
a spot here and there included:
Diana Trask, Charlie Pride, Tom T Halls Band "The
Storytellers", Buddy Emmons
the world’s best steel player who was touring with Roger Miller.
Not forgetting the local guest
artists who appeared on a weekly basis including:
Jade Hurley, Roland Storm, Johnny Devlin, Laurel Lee,
Carter Edwards, Terry Kaff
and many others far too many to enumerate. Female singers were:
Jan Kelly, Nikki Bradley
1974 – Signed with RCA and made
his first album of trucking songs “Keep on Truckin’” which
achieved Gold Sales.
1975 – Golden Guitar for
Instrument Track of the Year with “Nashville Express” as Nev
Nichol’s Country Playboys.
1977 – Inducted into the Hands of
1978 – 1988 - The “Nev
Nicholls National Roadshow” went to air throughout Australia on
more than 90 radio stations- a weekly 2 hour show. He also
launched a travelling show under the same name and he toured
that show all around Australia
starring at various times,
Gary Brown, Phil Emmanuel, Lisa White, Debbie Lee Rae
(now known as Kaye Payne)
Cowboy Bob Purtell.
– The “Nev Nicholls Roadshow” continued as a travelling show
after the radio program ceased and was extensively backed by
"The Silver Wings Band",
he did tours with the Brisbane
out of Wollongong.
In Northern Queensland the band to supply the music was
"The Good Old Boys"
and in Western Australia
became friends with the President of the Townsville Country
Music Club, Dick Nettlefield and together they hatched a plan
"Champion of Champions"
event that has now been running very successfully.
a further string to his bow Nev launched his own record label
where two winners from Townsville's big festival scored a record
deal with the label,
band and also the
The sisters have since moved to
and have been working consistently touring as backup singers
with some of the big names of country such as
Other people to cut records on the label were:
Reg Lindsay, Cowboy Bob Purtell, D'Arcy Le Year
(now part of the
Lisa White & Desree Crawford
and many more. Including
tribute album which had the biggest names in Australian Country
duetting with Buddy. People like:
Slim Dusty, Gordon Parsons, Smoky Dawson, Shirley Thoms,
Alan Hawking, Kevin King, Reg Lindsay, Tex Morton with Sister
Dorrie, Johnny Ashcroft & Gaye Kahler.
1992 - Inducted into the
"Australasian Country Music Roll Of Renown"
forward to the late 90's and "Massive Records" have released a
lot of Nev's
LP's on CD that are enjoying a new lease on life.
Nev had always been a prolific
writer and besides recording vast numbers of his own songs he
had also had many covered by other artists among these are:
Reg Lindsay, Chad Morgan, Frankie Davidson, Johnny
Garfield, Terry Gordon, The Wayfarers, Truckin Stevens
and by no means least his long time friend
shared an album in 1998, a truckies album of course, titled
"Ya Wanna Screw Driver".
2002 – Officially retired from
country music entertaining. Inducted into the Broadcasters Hall
of Fame at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Tamworth.