1950 – Born on January the 1st
Jean spent her early years in
the hills of Meander,
where she learnt her craft as a budding country singer
performing at local hotels country halls and dances.
1962 - She enjoyed TV exposure
from the age of 12 when she quested in the earliest days of
in the popular “Show-Time” series from TNT-9.
1965 – Began her recording
career when she joined Dusty Rankin on several duets on his
first Hadley album.
1970 – Her recording career
began with the release on Hadley Records of a duet with Dusty
Rankin. She followed this with a further track on Dusty’s second
release “Family Bible.”
More exposure came with two solo
tracks on “Country Music Around Australia Vol. 1.” Released 5
albums on Hadley.
1975 – Golden Guitar for Female
Vocalist of the Year with “What Kind of a Girl Do You Think I
1979 – Inducted into the Hands
1980 - Golden Guitar for Female
Vocalist of the Year with “Hello Love”.
1981 - Golden Guitar for Female
Vocalist of the Year with “That Glory Bound Train”.
1986 - Jean was immortalized in
the “Australian Waxworks of Stars” in Tamworth NSW.
1988 - Jean headlined the
Auckland Gold Guitar Awards where she was presented with an
award for “Services to the Industry of Country Music”. Jean made
four tours to
twice to the
that included appearances at the New Zealand Golden Guitar
Awards at Hastings,
and a successful 30-day tour of the
1989 - Jean Stafford was
officially Crowned Australia’s QUEEN of COUNTRY MUSIC by the
industry and fans, in Sydney by the late Mr. Clive A’Rundle, and
Country Music Legend, Smoky Dawson
1991 - Mo Awards for Female
Country Performer of the Year. “Artist
of the Year”
by the fans of Australia.
1996 - South Australian Country
Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
1998 - Recorded a single with
Kitty Wells and appeared on the Queens of Country Show in
2008 – Elevated to the Roll of
2012 – April. Inducted into “Tasmania's
Axemans Wall of Fame” in Latrobe, alongside fellow artists Phil
Emmanuel and Wayne Horsburgh.