Tim McNamara's plaque on the Tamworth Australasian Country Music Roll of Renown. He performed from about the late 1930's to the 1980's.
The transcription of the plaque is :
AUSTRALASIAN COUNTRY MUSIC
ROLL OF RENOWN
TIMOTHY EDMUND MCNAMARA
BORN OCTOBER 10, 1922, ORANGE NSW
DIED APRIL 16, 1983 SYDNEY
WON AUST. AMATEUR HOUR 1945 WITH
RECORDED 1945 FOR E.M.I. FROM 1949
HIS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL 2SM RADIO
PROGRAMME WAS A FOCAL POINT FOR
COUNTRY MUSIC IN THE CITY.
A PIONEER ARTIST AND PROMOTOR. HIS FAMOUS
HALL SHOWS AND TALENT QUESTS LAUNCHED
THE CAREERS OF MANY OF OUR
NATION'S COUNTRY STARS
2TM - 25.1.81
Ellen matching her hand to Tim's at Australia's Country Music Hands of Fame cornerstone in Tamworth. Tim was honoured on the cornerstone in 1978.
(Left) Tim's wax effigy at the Tamworth Country Music Wax Museum
(Right) This photo came to us from Tim's sister, Kathleen (Ellen's mother). It looks to be the sort of photo he may have used for autographed handouts.
The following references to Tim have been found on these websites :
Born into a musical family near Orange NSW in 1922, Tim McNamara was a young cowboy who sang with a warm, mellow voice. A win on Australia's Amateur Hour brought work on radio and hall shows, and in 1948 he recorded for EMI. From 1949, his famous 2SM radio show gave enormous exposure to young artists with the associated talent quest in 1951 packing Sydney Town Hall. In 1950 he signed with the Rodeo label moving to Festival in 1956, returning to EMI for one album in 1971, and another for Picture Records in 1974. Tim is remembered as much for his promotions as for his considerable talent, so evident in Campfire Of Dreams. Tim McNamara - "The Cowboy Troubadour" - was elevated to the Roll of Renown in 1981 and died in 1983.
2. It was a constant source of pride in the McNamara family that Timmy had given Frank Ifield his first chance on his radio programme when young Frank was only fourteen. Frank Ifield acknowleges this himself on his website. He wrote to Tim trying to get to perform on the programme. You can see Frank's comments about the matter on the link.
3. Tim gets a passing reference as one of their recording artists in the
Sony Music Company's History
4. The following quote appears on Slim Dusty's
website diary for November 2000 :
"Some of you country music buffs will know the name of Tim McNamara who recorded for Regal Zonophone and for Rodeo Records in the '40's and '50's. Tim had one of the most successful country radio shows ever, on 2SM Sydney. Joy scored a copy of the 1949 film "Into the Straight" and was absolutely amazed when Tim came on to the screen singing "We're Going to the Rodeo Today"! What a surprise and what a treasured video that has become in our household."
5. It is noted that this video was found for sale on the
Gould Genealogy website with the following descriptive comment :
"Into the Straight VHS PAL, 82 mins, b & w, (G) Code: SCR072 Publisher: ScreenSound Media: Video/Audio Published: (1949) 1999 Price: $16.00 Aus.
The Sport of Kings forms the backdrop for a warm hearted romance starring Australian favourites Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Muriel Steinbeck and Nonnie Peifer.
'Into the Straight' follows the fortunes of a racehorse breeding family, the Curzons, who need to strengthen their blood stock to re-establish a fading reputation. When they purchase a champion English horse, a father and son training team arrive as part of the package. Rivalries develop between the men for the love of the Curzon daughter and for the attentions of a femme fatale nightclub singer, Zara Marlowe.
'Into the Straight's' world premier was held in Perth in July 1949. The film enjoyed success throughout Australia. It was partly filmed at St Aubins stud, Scone, and features The Cup Legends 'Manitoba' and Magnificent' as well as jockeys Jack Purtekk and George Moore. A musical interlude sees Tim McNamara singing We're Goin' to the Rodeo Today, his first recorded song released by Regal Zonophone.
'Into the Straight' is a must for any lover of horse racing."
6. Eleven inducted into Broadcasters Hall of Fame :
(This link is now broken but a transcript of what was on the site follows)
Eleven new names were added to the Australian Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Tamworth, Australia's Country Music Capital, tonight.
Pioneer broadcasters Mal Cameron, Hedley Charles, Dick Cranbourne, Bob Frickers, Reg Lindsay, The McKean Sisters, Tim McNamara and Nev Nicholls were all added together with contemporary broadcasters Doug May and Helen Kay.
The Broadcasters Hall of Fame was inaugurated by the Australian Country Music Foundation (ACMF) to honour and pay tribute to those broadcasters, past and present, who have played a significant role in the development of Australian country music.
Inductees to the Hall of Fame have so far included Dot Dawson, Smoky Dawson, Gene Fisk, Don McGuire, Keith Melbourne, John Minson, Barbara Morison, John Nutting, Rocky Page and Neville Pellitt.
This year, the ACMF will be establishing an honour roll prominently at the Foundation building in Tamworth with the names of those in the Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Nominations will be called mid year for inductees to be announced in January next year.
The Foundation will also be establishing a dedicated section on its website to tell the story of those in the Broadcasters Hall of Fame "to the people who have helped tell the stories of so many others," said ACMF President Kedron Taylor.