14-23 January 2022

Bronze Bust unveiled on day one of festival

14 January 16


The newest bronze bust will be unveiled at Toyota Park this Friday at 10.30am.

The honour was awarded to Dr James “Jimmy” Little (OAM) in 2013, after which an extensive fundraising campaign kicked off, including a successful Bush Balladeers concert during the ‘Hats off to Country’ event in July last year.

The ceremony will be attended by members of Mr Little’s family who are excited to witness this important chapter in Australian country music history.

Jimmy recorded his first single in 1956 and rose to prominence as an Aboriginal entertainer throughout the 60’s. His hit ‘Royal Telephone’ shot him to fame in 1963 after it sold over 75,000 copies and went gold.

Throughout his career, Jimmy was honoured with every major Australian music industry award, plus several honourary doctorates. He was inducted into the ARIA Australian Music Hall of Fame in 2009.

Jimmy joins country music icons including Buddy Williams, Tex Morton, Stan Coster, Gordon Parsons, Barry Thornton, Shirley Thoms and Reg Lindsay whose faces all adorn the bronze busts along the picturesque Toyota Park.

The bronze busts, which line the walkway through Toyota Park, are a great attraction and join the likes of the Hands of Fame, Hall of Fame and Galaxy of Stars which attract country music enthusiasts from all over.

The busts are the work of countless hours of fundraising and are important in preserving the history of country music and its icons.
Fundraising has already begun for the next artist to accept the honour, with Chadwick (Chad) Morgan, the Sheik of Scrubby Creek, named as the next bronze bust to be erected.

After over six decades in the spotlight, Chad was discovered on Australia’s Amateur Hour radio program, which led to him making his first recording with Regal Zonophone, a subsidiary of EMI.

Chad is considered an institution in Australasian country music, its most unique character and one of the biggest drawcards.

Chad has many accolades including being initiated into the Hands of Fame in 1979 and inducted to the Roll of Renown in 1987. He has received a Living Legend award at Kempsey and in 2004 was a recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his contribution to entertainment.

In 2010, Chad Morgan was the first person to be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA).

The first fundraising concert will be held at the Balladeers’ Homestead, Goonoo Goonoo Road Tamworth at 7pm on Sunday, 17th January. It will feature performances by Tommy Kennedy, Kate Hindle, Jeff Brown, Tom Maxwell, Lyn Manning, Johnny Greenwood, Ged and Trudy Hintz, Rex Baldwin and of course, Chad Morgan.

A donation of $15 is payable at the door.