1944 – Born on the 24th
and grew up on his parents property at Tatura.
1955 – Obtained his first guitar
and after learning to play it he was in demand at concerts.
1960 - He formed his first dance
band at age of 16.
1965 – Decides to cut back on
his singing activities. Married to Dot.
1970 – Encouraged by announcers
at 3SR Shepparton to start entertaining again.
1972 - He first recorded a
custom release selling 1,000 copies over the counter of his
local Shepparton radio station in 3 weeks.
1973 - He gained a contract with
W&G Records, recording his now classic “Australian Country Music
Hall of Fame”. Formed the band “The Country Trend” later
changing its name to “Silver Eagle Country Band”.
1974 - Gold Guitar for New
Talent of the Year with “The Australian
of Fame”. Released the album “Country Music at its Best”.
1975 – Appeared as support act
to Marty Robbins and Jimmy Little at the Maroopna Country Music
1976 - First artist to record on
1977 - Joined Selection Records
and released the album “The Long Paddock”.
1978 – Released the album
“Goin’ Rodeoin” which had immediate success. It was the first
rodeo album released in
Album of the Year finalist with “The Long Paddock”.
1979 – Released the album “Rigs
and Roads” which had a big appeal with the trucking industry.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame. Best Male Vocalist of the Year
Finalist with “Goin’ Rodeoin’”. Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1980 - Released the album “From
the Cradle to the Saddle”.
1981 - Gold Guitar for
Heritage Award with “Warrumbungle Mare”. Released the album
“Rodeo Fever”. Toured
1982 – Released the album “Reg
1983 – Released the albums
“Candles and Wine”, “Slim Dusty, Your Australia” and “The
1984 – Released the album “When
Big Mobs Come to Bourke”.
1985 – Gold Guitar for Heritage
Award with “When The Big Mobs Come To Bourke”.
Won the Most Popular Male
Vocalist” at the Southern Hemisphere Country Music Awards held
at the Sydney Myer Music Bowl.
1986 – Album of the Year
finalist with “Women of the West” and Heritage Award finalist
with “The Drovers Boy”. Host of 3 hour country music program at
1988 – Heritage Award finalist
with “I Love This Land Australia”.
1990 – Judge of the Australian
Country Music Awards.
1994 – Released “Goin’ Rodeoin’
Again”. South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1995 – Songmaker of the Year –
Finalist. Heritage Award Finalist with “Ghost of 2KM”. Released
“Old Mates and Chute Gates”.
1998 - Bungendore Bush Ballad
Awards “Album Of The Year” and Best Male Vocalist finalist.
1999 - Named Victorian
Entertainer of the Year. Released “A Letter to Buddy”.
2000 – Released “The Cream of
2002 – Songmaker of the Year-
Finalist. Released “The Cream of Country Music Vol 2”
2005 – Released “The Long
Paddock – Revisited” and “Rigs and Roads Rides Again” reissue.
2006 - Elevated to the Roll of
Renown, and received an Order of Australia Medal.
Nominated for an ARIA Award for
2007- Male vocalist award at the
Stan Coster Memorial Bush Ballad Awards in Bungendore.
ACRA (Australian Country
Recording Artist) Male Artist of the Year, Bush Ballad of the
Year, Male Album of the Year.
TSA (Tamworth Songwriters
Association)- finalist in Gospel Song of the Year with “Halfway
Home”, Country Ballad of the Year.
Victorian Album of the Year with
“For the Love of My Country”. Victorian Male Vocalist.
Bush Ballad of the Year with
2009 - South East Gold Medallion
Awards – Bush Balladeer of the Year. Stan Coster Memorial Bush
Ballad Awards –Comedy Song with “Ode to the Road”.