John Williamson was bornon 1 November 1945 in Kerang, Australian, is Singer-songwriter. John Williamson is a famous Australian country musician, known mostly for his album ‘Mallee Boy’, which was his nickname since he grew up in a town having the same name. Having been trained to play the ukulele, guitar and harmonica, this talented musician started out by forming a small band in his college. Later, he began writing his own songs and composing music for them, performing them at local pubs. One of the songs, ‘Old Man Emu’, was popular in particular, and caught the attention of ‘Fable Records’ proprietor, Ron Tudor. Though the song was a hit, his initial albums did not take off, and it took the aspiring artist a long time to gain recognition. He formed another group called ‘Crow’, the name of which was later changed to ‘Sydney Radio’. After the band fell apart, Williamson began to play alone, once again at clubs. This time, however, his fan following started building up, and his popularity had increased. He went on from there to produce award-winning albums like ‘Warragul’, ‘Boomerang Café’, and 'Anthems – A Celebration of Australia', amongst many more. He also has a music production company, 'Gumleaf Recordings', and an enterprise dealing in merchandise, called ‘The Fair Dinkum Road Co'. Over the years, this splendid musician has won numerous admirers, not just in his native of Australia, but all across the globe
He also released his autobiography, published by 'Penguin Books' on July 25, 2014
In 2013, the musician married his girlfriend Meg Doyle, with whom he usually lives in Sydney
In 2008, John produced a musical, under the banner of his own company, 'Fair Dinkum Road Co
In 2001, this Australian singer paid his tribute to cricket legend Bradman, by performing a song titled, 'Sir Don'
In 2000, Williamson produced the album, 'Anthems – A Celebration of Australia', which is still remembered for the tribute the songs pay to the nation
In 1998, John appeared in 'The Bush Telegraph', a television show aired for a brief period of time, on Australian network, 'Channel Seven'
Towards the close of 1991, Williamson collaborated with other country singers to establish the 'Country Music Association of Australia', which aimed at bringing home more awards for the nation's folk musicians
From 1990-98, the celebrated folk singer released several albums, including 'Waratah St', J'
Though this Australian singer has produced some of the best songs in the history of country music, it is his album ‘Mallee Boy’, released in 1986, that brought him fame
In 1985, he launched his own music company, 'Gumleaf Recordings', which released several hit albums like 'Humble Beginnings', 'Road thru the Heart', and 'All the Best, Vol
The following year, in 1983 the talented singer released popular albums like 'Singing in the Suburbs', and 'The Smell of Gum Leaves'
The band soon separated, and from 1981, John began performing by himself at pubs
The singer then went on to start a band called 'Crow', in 1978, which performed regularly at pubs all over the country
In 1973, a music show on television was presented by Williamson, and it also featured artistes like Emma Hannah, and Ricky & Tammy
He went ahead and released the song 'Old Man Emu' in 1970 under the banner of 'Fable Records', owned by Ron Tudor
By 1969, the singer began pursuing a full-fledged career in music, penning his first song 'Old Man Emu'
In 1965, he began singing at a restaurant when the family shifted to a place called Croppa Creek
John Robert Williamson was born to Keith and Shirley, at Australia's Kerang Bush Nursing Hospital, on November 1, 1945