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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Post 261 - Reg Lindsay - Goodbye Swingers

Reginald John Lindsay OAM was born on 7th July 1929. He was an Australian country and western singer who won three Golden Guitar Awards and wrote more than five hundred songs in his fifty-year music career. Born in the Sydney suburb of Waverley, Reg was two years of age when his father gave him a harmonica which he quickly mastered. He then learned how to play the banjo, mandolin, guitar and fiddle. His career ambition was to become a stockman but in 1951 he won a Sydney radio talent quest which launched his career as a singer-songwriter and a music career of over 50 years. He became the first Australian to appear at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry in 1974 and is officially recognised with a plaque on Nashville's Walkway of Stars. He was best known for his song "Armstrong", a tribute to the historic 1969 moon landing by American astronauts, particularly Neil Armstrong, which is now included in a time capsule at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. Here to download is the B side of that single "Goodbye Swingers" (FK-4125) on Festival Records. The song was written by Ronnie Self and produced by Pat Aulton. The song came from the LP "Hot Shot Country" and I'm sure has never seen CD. Reg died of pneumonia on 5th August 2008 at Newcastle NSW. Coincidentally this date is also the birthdate of the subject of his most famous song Neil Armstrong. He was married twice. His fist wife was Heather McKean who’s sister Joy McKean was married to Slim Dusty. He was survived by his second wife Ros Winfield.

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