Reg Lindsay

Reg Lindsay

Infobox Musical artist
Name = Reg Lindsay

Img_capt = Reg Lindsay (right, with guitar) and Joan Clarke on the "Hour of Song" radio program, 2UW Radio Theatre, Sydney (1954)
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Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Reginald John Lindsay
Born = 5 August 1929, Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died = 5 August 2008, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (aged 79)
Instrument = Vocals, Guitar
Voice_type =
Genre = Australian country music
Occupation = Musician, songwriter, producer
Years_active = 1951–2008
Label = Rodeo Records, Festival Records
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Reginald John Lindsay OAM (5 August 19295 August 2008) was a 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 in 1929, 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. [ [ Reg Lindsay, Scone, NSW] , National Portrait Gallery (Australia).] In a music career of over 50 years he wrote more than 500 songs and hosted various TV shows including "The Reg Lindsay Country Hour" in 1964 which ran for eight years, followed by his own TV program, "Country Homestead", which ran for four years and earned him four Logie Awards.Duncan, Jamie: [ Reg Lindsay, country great, takes final bow] , "The Canberra Times", August 6, 2008.]

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 winner of three Golden Guitar Awards and was inducted into Australia's Country Music Hall of Fame in 1977.

In 1989 he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia [ [ LINDSAY, Reginald John] , "It's an Honour" (Australian Government honours database).] for his services to Australian music.

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 Center in Houston, Texas. [ [ Country music star Reg Lindsay dies] , "The Sydney Morning Herald", August 6, 2008.] [ [ Reg Lindsay, country great, takes final bow] , "The Canberra Times", August 6, 2008.] The song was written by Kingston Trio member John Stewart, and gave Reg his first major hit on the 1971 Australian music charts. Also well known for "July You're A Woman", "Silence on the Line" and "Empty Arms Hotel", he recorded over 60 albums, six of which went gold.

Reg was well known for his support of numerous charities and appeared on many TV telethons to help raise money for various community organisations. He died of pneumonia on 5 August, 2008 at Newcastle, New South Wales, his 79th birthday [ [ Obituary in "The Age", 8 August 2008] ] . Coincidentally, this date is also the birthday of the subject of his most famous song: Neil Armstrong.

He was married twice. His first wife was Heather McKean, whose sister Joy McKean married Slim Dusty and was the mother of Anne Kirkpatrick. He was survived by his second wife Ros Winfield. [ [,25197,24135334-5013575,00.html Country music veteran Reg Lindsay dies at age 79] , "The Australian", August 6, 2008]


* "Secrets Of Life"
* "20 Golden Country Greats"
* "Ten Ten Two And A Quarter"
* "No Slowin' Down"
* "40th Anniversary Album"
* "The Roundup - 50th Anniversary Collection"
* "The Rodeo Years"
* "Down By The Old Slip-Rail"
* "Reasons To Rise"


External links

* [ Reg Lindsay Official Web Site]
* [ Australian Country Music Foundation Roll of Renown - Inducted January 1984]
* [ National Portrait Gallery - Reg Lindsay Photo by John Elliott]
* [ History of Country Music - The Story of Australian Country Music]
* [ National Library of Australia - Reg Lindsay and Roslyn Lindsay interviewed by Rob Willis, Recorded on July 9, 1999]
* [ Country Music Capital News - What a Ride by Anna Rose]
* [ Honeysuckle / Tidbinbilla 20th anniversary of Apollo 11 in Canberra in 1989]
* [ Nashville Country Music Hall of Fame - Interview of Reg Lindsay, June 29 1978]
* [ Reg Lindsay at Broken Hill 1962 - Image by Eric Thake]
* [ Tribute to Reg Lindsay - Some more about The One & Only Reg Lindsay]
* [ Milesago Tribute - Fare thee well ...]
* [ Australian Record Company - Early Recordings]
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* [ Lyn Nuttall's Where Did They Get Song Website - Reg Lindsay/Armstrong page]

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