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July 3, 2010 / Julia Hughan

Australian Heritage Series: Reg Lindsay

[tweetmeme source=”julesh”]After some consideration and feedback from a previous post on Australian country music, I have chosen to showcase some Australian heritage acts that I believe should garner some attention. The first in the series is Reg Lindsay:

Throughout his storied career Reg Lindsay achieved considerable commercial success in both music and television, releasing sixty four records and two hundred and fifty singles. Though perhaps best known for his hit “Armstrong“, a track inspired by astronaut Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon in 1969 as well as “Silence On The Line” and “Empty Arms Hotel”, Lindsay was also the recipient of three Golden Guitar Awards (including the prized Best Male Vocal in 1974, 1978 and 1980) and hosted a succession of his own television shows including the nationally syndicated Country and Western Hour and Reg Lindsay’s Country Homestead.

From the 1950s until the late 1990s, Lindsay maintained a constant presence in the Australian country music scene as well as achieving success in the United States in the 1970s where he made a number of appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage (he was notably the first Australian to appear on the Opry stage in 1974) and performed at the famed Fan Fair festival in Nashville. In 1977 Lindsay was inducted into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame and in 1989 he received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1989 for services to country music and the industry.

Reg Lindsay died on August 5, 2008 of pneumonia and is more than deserving to be considered as one of the pioneering artists of the Australian country music industry.

Here is a clip Reg Lindsay’s Country Homestead Christmas Special:

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