1937 – Born James Oswald Little on the 1st
of March at Cumeragunga Mission Settlement on the Murray River near Barmah, a
member of the Yorta Yorta tribe.
1953 - Age 16 competed in
Amateur Hour with his dobro guitar.
1954 - The Jimmy Little trio is established in
Sydney under Pat
1956 - On August 11, Jimmy cut his first tracks on a 78
for Regal Zonophone, “Mysteries of Life”
and “Heartbreak Waltz”.
1959 - Made his TV debut on Channel 7 with the Jimmy
Little Trio on “Sydney Tonight”, “The Keith Walsh Tonight Show”.
He was the first aboriginal entertainer to appear on television.
Jimmy had begun an acting career in the late 1950’s with
a major role in the film “Shadow of the Boomerang” in 1961. This
was followed with his other roles on the theatre stage in plays
such as "Black Cockatoo" and films by Tracy Moffatt as well as
Wim Wenders film “Until the end of the World”.
1963 - Releases the chart topping "Royal Telephone",
selling more than 75,000 copies it achieved gold record status
and has now become one of his signature tunes.
1964 - Australian national magazine “Everybody's”, named
Jimmy Australian Pop Star of the Year.
1969 - 2TM presents “The All Star Jimmy Little Show” at
with “The Singing Kettles, Johnny Heap, Geoff Brown, Gary Brown”
1972 - Although mostly recognised for country musical
style, he kept his fondness for big orchestral sounds alive in
his 1972 album 'Winterwood'.
1974 - He quickly followed that with his top ten hit
single 'Baby Blue' in 1974, and subsequent releases continued in
Inducted into the Hands of Fame in
1985 - Was asked to teach at the Eora Centra, a training
college for Aboriginals in Redfern, Sydney.
As well as appearing in Tracy Moffatt's
The Night Cries
and the opera
his teaching and community work earned him the title of NAIDOC
Aboriginal of the Year in 1989.
1990 - South Australian Country Music Festival Awards-
Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1991 - Had a roll in the film “Until the End of the
World” with Sam Neil, William Hurt and Ernie Dingo.
1994 - Elevated to the prestigious Tamworth Roll of
1997 – Mo Awards wins The John Campbell Fellowship
1999 - ARIA Music Awards “Messenger”
won 'Best Country Album' and 'Best Adult Contemporary Album',
with Jimmy also being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
2002 – “Messenger” album achieves huge sales resulting
in world trip promoting the record.
2003 - CD release “Down the Road” on ABC records.
A public vote named him a “National Living Treasure” and
Jimmy received an Australian Order (AO) for his life in the
entertainment industry and his ongoing work with indigenous
education and health.
2010 - A documentary entitled "Jimmy Little’s Gentle
Journey" was completed and shown on ABC TV.
2011 - Present with a Golden Guitar for "Lifetime
2012 - Passed away on April 2nd.