Kevin KING 2007

Kevin King

1931 - Born on the 19th December in Roseville, Sydney and family moved to Paddington when he was 1 year old.

1941 - As a nine year old he was influenced with country music after hearing Tex Morton singing Rocky Ned on the radio

1949 - At 18 years of age, self taught guitarist Kevin entered various talent quests winning for himself, a guitar as first prize on radio station 2CH Sydney

1951 - Entered the Tim McNamara Talent Quest and won a heat. Kevin teamed up with guitar picker Pat Ware, playing many pubs, clubs and charity shows and radio programs.

1952 - Kevin recorded several sides on the Regal Zonophone label. One of the songs was the now famous "Rub-A-Dub-Dub" backed by "With This Ring I Thee Wed”. This 78 recording sold about 20,000 copies. He subsequently recorded 28 sides over the years on the Columbia and Regal Zonophone labels. 

1956 - Kevin organised the "All Star Western Show" comprising of the following artists, Nev Nicholls, Chad Morgan, Rick & Thel and fiddler Peter Mollerson. This show toured Australia for 15 months and played to big audiences in Town & Country. Kevin then spent 2 years travelling with "The Reg Lindsay Show" Australia wide

Kevin also formed the ‘All Star Western Show’ with Chad Morgan, Nev Nicholls and Rick & Thel Carey, that became one of the most successful shows to ever tour Australia.

Kevin settled in Sydney after these tours and was resident singer with his band at the Texas Tavern, Kings Cross, entertaining American Servicemen on R&R leave from Vietnam. He then moved to the Crystal Palace Hotel Railway Square Sydney where he stayed for 5 years. From there he moved to the Regent Street Transport Club where he stayed for a further 5 years. This eleven years was the boom time for Country Music Artists, to name a few who appeared with him were: Cowboy Bob Purtell, Jan Kelly, Phil & Tommy Emmanual, Ken Kitching, Alan Caswell, Lee Britton also Mort Fist, Doug Castle, Terry Smith and many more.

During the early 70's Kevin was asked by Slim Dusty to join him and his family, Michael Cook and Barry Thornton to travel with them to New Guinea to appear on his show. Also in the 70's Kevin recorded some sides with the Festival Label.

The 70's also saw Kevin as studio musician for many of Australia's top Country Music Artists such as: Tex Morton, Johnny Ashcroft, Slim Dusty, Lionel Long, Buddy Williams, Gordon Parsons and Smoky Dawson. These sessions required Kevin to play rhythm and acoustic guitar, harmonica and dobro steel guitar. During this era Kevin also resumed his personal recording career with Columbia and cut two E.P Records which were mainly cover versions of American Songs.

1977 - Inducted to the “Hands of Fame”.

1987 it was time for Kevin to leave Sydney and retire to the Queensland Sunshine Coast, with wife Patricia, daughters Sharon and Vickie, their husbands and his 5 grandchildren.

2007 – Elevated to the Roll of Renown.