The WEBB BROTHERS
Fabian OAM, Marius and Berard.
Born Gympie QLD – Three
brothers share the property
Fabian learned guitar during
schooldays and began to sing to his own accompaniment.
Berard a few chords and they built on that.
He then taught
Two elder brothers played
mouth organ and ukulele. They played at a few dance halls around
the area as a five piece band later the two elder brothers
1953 - The Webb Brothers group
formed, mostly for their own enjoyment. Buddy Williams Show goes
Buddy runs a
talent quest with a
as first prize.
The boys won.
1954 - They auditioned for the
Australian Amateur Hour, and were successful in winning their
heat with a massive
votes from all over
1958 – Recorded for
releasing "The Call of the Bellbird" and "Just Sing Sing Sing" -
two of their own compositions. These two numbers were backed by
"The Little Green Valley" and "Crooning Batchelor" and released
on the Rodeo Label. These records proved very popular,
particularly "The Call of the Bellbird" which is still selling
today. Gained a lot of airplay from Nevil Pellit’s
Harmony Trail program.
brothers to tour with Harmony Trail Group.
On return to
they performed for
More records followed for
W&G, ATA Festival and RCA. On all their records, the Webb's have
recorded a mixture of popular songs including some of their own
such as "The Jockeys are Striking", "The Purple Petrol Eater",
"Here on this Mountain", "If Only", "Sally Anne" and "Who Put
The Roo In the Stew", to name a few.
1959 – Travel to
Gibbon’s hosts, and persuades brothers to put down album
“Clancy of the Overflow”
written by John Jacobsen
(not Banjo Patterson’s Clancy).
year they wrote the popular song
“The Purple People Eater”
and was recorded by Peter Sharpe.
1972 – ABC’s
“A Big Country”
featured an episode on the Webb Brothers and their property.
They recorded their second ATA Festival Album
to follow up on the publicity.
1974 - After the feature on
the ABC's "A Big Country" the Southland Country Music
Association of New Zealand then invited the brothers to tour
It was during this tour that the very successful "Live in New
Zealand Album," was recorded in
1976 – Won the Golden Guitar
for the Vocal Group or Dou with “Palmer
Song”. Asked again to perform a second tour of New Zealand
- which also proved a great success
1979 - The Webb Brothers took a recess, in order to
concentrate further on their cattle property commitments. During
that period they did however, "keep their hand in" writing songs
and practicing their music. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1981- Saw the group return to the stage, greeted with an
immediate demand for their musical performances.
1981 - In September the news
of the day was the "Kangaroo meat scandal" Marius penned the
lyrics "The Colonel put the lickin' in the chicken, but who put
the Roo in the stew?" Recorded in Brisbane's
Sunshine Studio, the song was released with RCA Sydney. Due to
it's topical nature, everything about the song was done quickly
to coincide with the beef scandal. It was written, recorded and
released as a single within ten days - claimed by RCA to be the
fastest released and fastest selling record they had ever
handled in Australia.
1982 - This single earned the
Webb Brothers their second golden guitar for Australasia's
Top Selling Record at the 1982 Tamworth Country Music Awards.
1982 - On September 24, 25, and 26, the Webb Brothers
invited the public to join with them on their "Thornside"
property for the "Webb Brothers Country Music Muster". Some
6,000 people helped the brothers and their families celebrate
both a silver jubilee and centenary occasion in style. ABC's "A
Big Country" was on hand to film this historic event. The Webb
Brothers used this occasion to launch their newest record -
"Silver Jubilee Album".
1983 - The second "Muster" saw an estimated 10,000 fans
flock to "Thornside".
1984 – At the Tamworth Country
Music Festival they appeared on the “Trailblazers
third "Muster" attracted over 20,000 people, with more than
AUS$50,000 being raised for various charities. The Country Music
Muster was well established.
1985 - The Muster was
relocated to a larger site just south west of Gympie, and today,
some 20 years after the original event at "Thornside", the now
"National Country Music Muster" attracts in excess of 60,000
visitors. The muster raises over AUS$250,000 and is now the
largest outdoor music event in
featuring in excess of 100 onstage performers throughout the
2001 – The release of their
early material on CD titled “The Best of the Webb Brothers”.
Fabian awarded the Centenary Medal
“For service to country music, the community, local government
and the beef industry”.
2004 – Elevated to the Roll of
Renown. Fabian awarded the Medal of Order of Australia
to the community and to local government in the Shire of
– Maurice Patrick Webb passed away on April 20.
Fabian Paul Webb OAM passed away on