1928 - Dean "Rocky" Page was born
at Kadina on May 10, 1928.
Rocky's parents had a mixed farm.
1932 - His father passed away and the
family moved to a dairy farm at Wallaroo.
Rocky volunteered for all the circuses
and travelling concert shows in the hope of getting a ticket to
the show. I
1939 - His mother moved to Crafers in
the Adelaide Hills where Rocky completed his education.
Rocky's step father, George Westly, was
a talented musician on the button accordian and mouth organ and
taught Rocky to play these instruments. Rocky's first job was
delivering meat and mail around the Adelaide Hills on horseback
- rain, hail or shine.
Early 1940's that Rocky met great
radio personality, Uncle Bert Wooley, who gave him a guitar and
taught Rocky to play. Bert was a fine entertainer. Rocky and
Bert performed in many shows around
Late 1940's Rocky appeared on many radio
stations, Mel Cameron's Radio Canteen 5DN, Bob Fricker's
Mountain Music 5AD, The Tivoli Shows and Good Friday Appeals.
1947 - Rocky made his first custom
record at 5AD. He also taught music at the Adelaide College of
1951 - He moved to Berri and continued
to teach for the Adelaide College of Music. Every Riverland town
and charity organisation benefited by the "Rocky Page School of
1956 - Rocky and Family toured
with Stan and Kitty Gill around Australia
in their rodeo and circus. Rocky was billed as the "Singing
Cowboy Hypnotist Extraordinaire".
At the close of this tour in
Rocky met Les Partel and as partners had many joint ventures in
show business and recorded as the Whitman Brothers.
Rocky appeared on television in
many times on Channels 9 & 7 and on Radio 3DB. The Rocky Page
Show was playing to packed houses everywhere, with top artists,
Tex Barnes, Ian Castles, Les Partell, Isobel Denmead and Ken
Rocky then opened a music shop and music
1957 - Rocky had a weekly radio
programme that played on 5RM (Berri), 3TR (Sale),
3CV (Maryborough) and 7HT (Hobart).
1961 - Rocky undertook a two month tour
in Tasmania with the Slim Dusty Show and Rocky recorded for
Hadley Records in Launceston with Slim, Joy and Barry Thornton
The next six years Rocky spent working
with Frank Foster on most capital city show grounds with great
artists such as Lonnie Lee, Slim Dusty, Chad Morgan, Lionel
Long, Johnny Chester, Johnny Devlin, Johnny O'Keefe and Normie
Early 1967 Rocky performed a
lightening tour with the Johnny Young Spectacular. Later that
year Rocky joined the Slim Dusty Show for a complete tour of
which in Rocky's own words were very happy and exciting times.
1968 - Rock again toured with Slim
and Joy with regular appearances on Reg Lindsay's Country and
Western Hour television show in Adelaide.
1971 - Rocky organised and started the
very successful Berri Rodeo.
1976 - Radio 5RM Service to Youth Award
1977 - The First Riverland Citizen of
1978 - Riverland Special Citizen of the
Year. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1978 - Rocky rode a horse to
putting on numerous shows to raise funds for Apex Help A Kid
Make It Appeal and raided in excess of $10,000. The rides and
shows took some four months to complete. Also the first South
Australian Country Music Awards were conducted following the
Over the next 20 years, Rocky
continued to organise and promote the South Australian Country
Music Awards and was instrumental in establishing the Festival
which is now part of
a ten days of Country Music in
1983 - Dedication to County Music SA
Music Award (Tamworth).
1984 - South Australian Country Music
Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1988 - Riverland Tourism Award -
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
1990 - Industry Award
Country Music Club
1990 - Received the Order of Australia
Medal for service to the community and to country music.
1991 - Songwriters
Morton Award (Tamworth)
1995 - Lions Club Award (Tamworth)
1995 - South Australian Music Industry
Award - SAMIA
1995 - Rotary Award
1996 - Service to Council - District of
1997 - Special Award Riverland Country
1997 - Broadcasters Hall of Fame -
Rocky's health was not always the
best and after a long battle with Motor Neuron Disease, Rocky
lost the battle against the disease in on the 14th of June 1997.
1998 - Elevated to the Roll of Renown.