SLIM NEWTON 2009
1932 - Born Ralph Ernest
Newton on October 22nd
1945 – Age 15 he began in music
by playing the ukulele and the Hawaiian Steel guitar with Frank
1954 - His first tour took
place in Western Australia
with the late Tim McNamara.
1955 – Took his own road tour
travelling through Western Australia,
1956 - He joined Jack Gill's
Rodeo for a short tour.
1957 - Moving to Punchbowl
(Sydney) Slim went on to win two talent quests at the Cumberland
(these quests were run by Reg Lindsay). These wins helped him to
appear on the Reg Lindsay Show, radio and at pubs and other live
venues. Meeting many top artists of the time, among which was
Rick and Thel Carey who recorded Slims first recorded original
"You Can Say That Again".
1958 - After marrying a
girl in September he moved back to Perth
and formed a successful duo with Mick Kodra, they were known as
the Maverics. The Maverics appeared on TV as well as radio and
was well received at pubs, clubs and social functions. Slim went
on to form the trio The Westlanders with Jack Busber and Jimmie
1959 – Rick and Thel recorded
Slim’s song “You Can Say That Again”. They recorde more of
Slim’s material on later albums.
1971 - Slim moved to Tamworth
New South Wales
where on Sunday October
Hadley Studios Tamworth put down "Redback On The Toilet Seat"
which went No. 1 nationally in July 1972. The EP
passed the 100,000 sales
before being deleted on 8th June 1978.
It was rerecorded by many including Rex Franklin in New
Zealand and the rock group Brownsville Station in the United
States of America.
1972 - Slim do a small tour with the late Tex Morton.
October saw Slim back in
to promote his second record "How Did the Redback Die?" in which
he recorded two different versions of the demise of his creepy
crawly friend. It is not generally remembered that
with practically no radio exposure at all, this record sold
17,000 copies - half way to gold record status!
During that month, "Redback"
passed the 60,000 sales mark and Slim had earned his second gold
1973 - Toured with the Rick
and Thel Show visiting most of main land
and the surrounding islands.
After the success of "The
Redback On The Toilet Seat" Hadley Records put down five L.P.'s,
several E.P.'s and a couple of singles for Slim. ENREC
Recording Studios then released the album "For Old Times Sake".
1973 – Golden Guitar for Top
Selling Record with “Redback on the Toilet Seat”, it went on to
earn three gold records. Today it still holds the accreditation
of being the only song recorded in
to make gold record sales.
The Australian Commonwealth
Film Unit approached Hadley Records and Yeldah Music for
approval to use the song as background for a film on "The
Population Drift to the City" for world release.
1977 - Inducted into the
Australasian Country Music Hands of Fame in
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
1997 - Slim was presented with
the Living Legend Award at the Kempsey Country Music Festival.
1993 - Slim recorded "There's A
Lady Who's Crying Tonight" at the ENREC Recording Studios, a
three track cassette that's title track at the time was
dedicated to Lorretta Lynn and the late Conway Twitty.
Steve Newton of ENREC Recording
Studio produced a fourteen track album for Slim next that was
titled "Momma Your Guitar's Come Back Home". It was released on
the Larrikin label through Festival Records on both cassette and
Slim's next album "It's Me Past
And Present" includes two duets with Mary Holdom, an original
recording of "The Redback On The Toilet Seat" and eleven songs
previously unrecorded. The album was again produced by Steve at
ENREC but this time was released on Dingo Track Records.
1999 – Slim was presented the
TIARA Pioneer Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
2004 – Slim was presented the
T.S.A Song Maker Award at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.
2005 - While on tour with the
on Parade Show at the Hexham Bowling Slim was presented with the
National Tribute Award acknowledging his contribution to the
Australian Country Music Industry.
2006 - Slim went back to the
recording studio and put down the album "Bush Ballads to
Bulldust" again produced at ENREC by Steve Newton. This twelve
track album was released with Dingo Track Records.
2008 – Slim was inducted to the
"Wall Of Fame" at LBS Recording Studios Tamworth during the
Tamworth Country Music Festival.
2009 – Elevated to the Roll of