A website dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Australian
country music.

Country Music
The Music Of
Our Country



The Story of Australian Country Music

A Tribute to Buddy

A Tribute to Jimmy

A Tribute to Reg

A Tribute to Shirley

A Tribute to Slim

– Slim, Chronicler of the Bush

A Tribute to Smoky

A Tribute to Tex

– Tex Morton White Guitars

A Tribute to The McKean Sisters

Arch Kerr – pioneer record producer

Australia's College of Country Music

Bicentennial Concert 1970

The Big Golden Guitar

Birth of the Golden Guitars

Brief History of the Golden Guitar Awards

Brief History of Star Maker

The Buddy Bishop Story

Country Music Capital Meets Music City

Country Music Hands of Fame

Country Music Media

Country Music Roll of Renown

Country Timeline

First The Song

Golden Guitar Memories

Golden Guitar Pioneers

Golden Guitar Winners Tally

The Gympie Muster

The Hadley Records Story

History of the College of Country Music

How the CMAA Was Born

How Tamworth became Country Music Capital

How the College of Country Music Works

Introduction

The John Minson Story

Links

Minson Memories

Narrative! Narrative! Narrative!

Origins of the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Radio Ranch & Spurs

Ross Murphy

Sources and Resources

Stairway to Stardom

The Story of Maton Guitars

Tamworth, We've Done Us Proud

What is Country Music

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All matters relating to the conduct of this site remain under the total control of Max Ellis or his nominees who will endeavour to ensure the accuracy and balance of the content and proper conduct of the site but, subject to legal requirements, cannot be held responsible for any digression or non-compliance in respect of these matters.

Country Timeline

The Country Timeline shows a general chronology of Australian country music based on the actual first recording dates of significant artists. These have been selected on the basis of achievements and recognition on a national scale and while we have endeavored to include as many as possible it is inevitable that some names will have been left out. If you feel someone is worthy of inclusion please email details to info@historyofcountrymusic.com.au.

Likewise, if there are any corrections to dates listed, please let us know.

Name
First Recording/Release Date
Art Leonard 13.02.1929
The Two Barnstormers 19.07.1933
The Regal Hillbilly Singers 1933
Tex Morton 25.02.1936
The Singing Stockmen 10.1938
Gil Harris 12.05.1939
Buddy Williams 07.09.1939
"Smilin'" Billy Blinkhorn 27.10.1939
Bob Dyer 23.08.1940
Sister Dorrie (D. Ricketts) with Tex Morton 13.03.1941
Shirley Thoms 27.05.1941
Smoky Dawson 20.08.1941
June Holms 28.01.1942
The Sundowners 30.06.1942
Gordon Parsons 14.05.1946
Slim Dusty 19.11.1946
Geoff Mack 1946
Don Reynolds 16.09.1947
Dusty Rankin 05.08.1948
Tim McNamara 09.08.1948
Buddy Bishop 1950
The Le Garde Twins 1950
Lily Connors 15.11.1950
The Schneider Sisters 07.12.1950
The McKean Sisters 1951
Reg Lindsay 02.1951
Shorty Ranger 02.1951
Ron Peters 07.03.1951
Arthur Blanch 17.07.1952
Chad Morgan 24.10.1952
Joan Ridgeway 27.03.1953
Frank Ifield 08.08.1953
The Webb Brothers 1953
Nev Nicholls 01.1954
Rick & Thel Carey 29.01.1954
Les Partell 23.03.1954
Jacqueline Hall 09.06.1954
The Hawking Brothers 22.06.1954
Johnny Ashcroft 1954
Jimmy Little 08.1956
Athol McCoy 1956
Kevin Shegog 1956
Trevor Day 1959
Rex Dallas 01.1960
Noel Watson 06.1961
Johnny Chester 1961
The Singing Kettles 06.1961
Brian Young 1962
Johnny Greenwood 1963
Johnny Mac 05.1964
Doug Ashdown 1965
Eddie Tapp 21.03.1966
Johnny Heap 10.1966
Jade Hurley 1966
Rocky Page 1967
Keith Glass 1967
Paul Lester 09.04.1967
Barry Thornton 11.1967
Geoff Brown 03.02.1968
Ted Egan 1969
Gavan Arden 20.08.1970
Phil & Tommy Emmanuel (with The Trailblazers) 1970
John Williamson 1970
Desree Ilona Crawford
1971
Ian Betteridge 02.1972
Jean Stafford 04.1972
Lindsay Butler 04.1972
Slim Newton 29.03.1972
Trev & Dennis (Warner & Siddall) 10.1972
Eric Bogle 10.1972
Col Hardy 1972
Bluey Francis 05.1973
John McSweeney 1973
Bushwackers 1973
Reg Poole 07.1973
Graeme Connors 08.07.1974
Col Elliot 1974
Deniese Morrison 1974
Saltbush 1976
Pixie Jenkins 1976
Ray Kernaghan 1976
Wayne Horsburgh 1977
1901 / Howie Brothers 03.1978
Bullamakanka 1978
Ernie Bridge 1978
Stan Coster 03.1979
Allan Caswell 05.1979
Pat Drummond 07.1979
Anne Kirkpatrick 1979
Wallis & Matilda 1980
Grand Junction 1980
Col Edmonds 1980
Donna Fisk 02.1981
Leane Douglas 1981
Jan Kelly 1981
Tommy Miller 1981
Dave Reynolds 1982
Norma O’Hara Murphy 1982
Topp Twins 1982
Lee Kernaghan 1983
Evelyn Bury 1983
Michael Roycroft 1983
Kedron Taylor 05.1983
Ian Quinn 1983
Tracy Coster 1985
The Flying Emus 1985
Owen Blundell 15.01.1985
James Blundell 20.07.1987
Craig Giles 05.1988
Brian Letton 08.1989
Jim Haynes 1989
The Fargone Beauties 1989
The Crosby Sisters 1989
Troy Cassar-Daley 03.1990
Corrina Cordwell 1990
Shaza Leigh 1990
Keith Urban 06.1990
Michael Fix 1991
Jane Saunders 03.1991
Greg Champion 18.06.1991
Colin Buchanan 07.1991
Gina Jeffreys 09.1991
Felicity Urquhart 1992
Brent Parlane 1992
Shanley Del 09.09.1992
Lawrie Minson 1993
Steve Gibson 05.1993
Beccy Cole 01.09.1993
Grant Luhrs 1993
Glenn Jones 1993
Cam Fletcher 1993
Mark Tempany 1994
Adam Harvey 07.1994
Clint Beattie 08.1994
Rosemary Rae 1994
Carol Young 1995
Mitchell Shadlow 1995
Dead Ringer Band 1995
Mark O'Shea 1995
Elizabeth Lord 1995
The Wheel 1995
Tania Kernaghan 1995
Warren H Williams 1995
Tanya Self 06.1995
Feral Swing Katz 1996
Wolverines 1996
Tina Martyn 1996
Darren Coggan 08.1996
Sherrie Austin 1997
David Smyth 1997
Red Rivers 1997
Tamara Stewart 1997
Melinda Schneider 06.1997
Fisk & Christian 1997
Adam Brand 1997
Vanya 1997
Lyn Bowtell 08.1997
Dale Juner 1997
Crakajak 1997
Brett Dallas 1997
Tom Maxwell 1997
Kate Ballantyne 8.1998
Karen Lynne  1998
The Sparnetts 1998
Graham Rodger 1998
Brendon Walmsley 04.1999
Kasey Chambers 05.1999
Josh Arnold 1999
Pru Clearwater 1999
Magnificent Seven 1999
Leslie Avril 1999
Brooke McClymont 1999
Carter & Carter 2000
Roo Arcus 2000
Audrey Auld 2000
Catherine Britt 2000
Karen O'Shea 2000
Grant Richardson 2000
Sara Storer   2000
Donella  01.2000
Peter Denahy 2000
Kylie Sackley 2001
Keith Armitage 2001
Cate 2001
Col Finley 2001
Daniel Thompson 2001
Rikki Chaplain 2001
Kieran Lancini 2002
Luke O'Shea & Medicine wheel 2002
Michael King 2002
Bella 2002
Billy Bridge 2002
Sovereign 2002
Dianna Corcoran 2003
Steve Forde & The Flange 2002
Gemma Doyle 2002
Shane Nicholson 2002
Camille Te Nahu 2002
Peter Pratt 2002
Todd Williams 2003
Mike Carr 2003
Davidson Brothers 2003
Jedd Hughes  2003
Those Gals 2004
Natalie Howard 2004
Paul Costa 2004
Travis Collins 2004
Travis Sinclair 2004
Jetty Road 2005
Tony Morris 2005
Samantha McClymont 2005
The Sunny Cowgirls 2005
Amber Lawrence 2005
Charley Boyter 2005
Aleyce Simmonds 2005
Daisy May Wegner 2005
Nellie Donovan 2005
Craig Stewart 2005
Kimber Sparks 2005
Dale Duncan 2005
Jonah's Road 2005
Casey Watt 2005
John O'Dea 2005
Terry & Jenny Bennetts 2005
Cat Southern 2006
Donna Boyd 2006
Nik Phillips 2006
Katie Brianna 2006
Steve Eales 2006
The McClymonts 2006
Stephen Rowe 2006
Jeff Gibson 2006
Victoria Baillie 2006
Jake Nickolai 2007
Lou Bradley
2007
Morgan Evans
2007
Harmony James
2007
Kirsty Lee Akers
2007
Shea Fisher
2007
Talia Wittmann
2008
Liam Brew
2009
 

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