Born in Gatton Queensland on
September 27. From a musical family. Gay’s singer/ musician
mother, Violet, played with her siblings in their father’s dance
Darling Downs. Wartime: Family moved to Sydney NSW. Father,
George, was an aircraft inspector at the Qantas Flying Boat
1952 - Aged ten, sang on the
first reel-to-reel tape recorder in Australia – demonstrated by
the Royal Australian Navy at Sydney’s Royal Easter Show.
1956 - Passed Seventh Grade
piano exam; also Theory and Musical Perception.
1958. -First professional
engagement–the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Lennons Hotel
1959 - At seventeen worked as
out-front vocalist for a leading Queensland orchestra. First
concert performance–Toowoomba’s Coronet Theatre. First ball–the
Bankers’ Ball. Sang The Alexandra Waltz at the Centenary Royal
Ball for Princess Alexandra who, by royal command, insisted that
Gay sing three more songs. First ‘live’ broadcast on Toowoomba
radio in the Diggers’ Show.
1960 - First TV
appearance–Sydney’s Keith Walsh Show. First appearance on
Channel 2 Brisbane. Performed with ABC personality Russ Tyson in
an innovative split screen presentation. First TCN Channel 9
appearance. First appearance on BTQ Channel 7. Shared billing in
the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers with ‘a trio of brothers
including 9-year-olds’, who were misadvertised as the ‘Bee Bees’
(the Bee Gees). Miss Darling Downs in the Miss Australia Quest.
First modelling engagement.
1961 - Contracted to Channel 7
for three years. Sang in up to four of its five weekly variety
shows–including George Wallace Junior’s Theatre Royal. The
Sunday Mail’s Miss Kirra Sun Girl. An RSL Girl In A Million
First appearance on Johnny
O’Keefe’s Sing, Sing, Sing. First appearance on Bandstand. First
tour–opened at Brisbane’s
Festival Hall with the Col Joye Show
Worked with Graeme Bell on his national TV show, Trad
Jazz. Guest star on DDQ10’s Club Cabaret First Birthday Show.
First appearance on HSV 7 Melbourne’s Variety 7 with George
Wallace Junior and Eddie Edwards. Elected as Inaugural President
of the Toowoomba Bachelor Girls service club.
First commercial (with Bert Newton)–on location at Green
Island on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.
First marriage televised by Channel 7.
Son John McGuire born.
Resident female vocalist at Brisbane’s historic
Cloudland Ballroom until December, 1972.
Permanent out-front vocalist
with Radio 4IP Brisbane’s 16-piece Show Band. Moved to
to work on the NSW Registered Club Entertainment Circuit. First
NSW tour (with the Johnny Ashcroft Show). Worked solo and in duo
act with Johnny Ashcroft. First appearance on John Williamson’s
TV show, Travellin’ Out West. Launched first LP, Faces of Love
with Johnny Ashcroft. The White Magnolia Tree, lifted from Faces
Of Love and now identified with Gay Kayler, has been available
for thirty-three years.
One of the first Australian artists to appear in the Sydney
Opera House. Starred in the first country music show to be
presented in that iconic setting (part of the Australian
Festival of Performing Arts). First of many appearances in this
Recorded first single for RCA.
Recorded Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal Song. Opened and
closed concert in the Sydney Opera House, backed by a massive
Salvation Army band and 300 singers.
Toured Papua New Guinea (with Johnny Ashcroft) sponsored by Air
Niugini. Recorded the award-winning Dream Away My Life.
Changed surname spelling from Kahler to Kayler when a leading
Sydney radio personality pronounced Kahler as ‘Karler’ while
introducing one of her recordings. Female voice on Johnny
Ashcroft’s movie-version of Little Boy Lost. Female vocalist on
the sound track of the Little Boy Lost movie. Performed at the
world premiere of the Little Boy Lost movie.
Elected Inaugural Secretary of
the Professional Country Music Association of Australia (PCMAA).
Designed PCMAA logo. Instrumental in having Country Music
accepted as a separate entity in the Australian Variety Artists
"Mo" Awards. Researched, scripted and produced (with Johnny
Ashcroft) the Imagine That!
Australiana Show series.
Co-produced and performed in the inaugural Country Music Mo
Awards segment with Tommy Tycho’s International Orchestra, which
brought two thousand pros in Sydney’s Regent Theatre to their
feet–the only standing ovation of the star-studded evening.
Judges’ finalist for Best Female and Best Duo (with Johnny
Ashcroft) categories in the Australasian Country Music Awards.
Married Johnny Ashcroft. Received the Queensland
Country Music National Female Award. Presented by the Hon Bill
Finflingkington–the Baron’s consort and Gay’s alter ego,
appeared on record and in the Good Time Gotcha Show for the
1982 - Major car crash with
Johnny Ashcroft. Injuries brought an abrupt end to many
projects. Received the only ‘Fosters salute’ (standing ovation)
from twenty thousand fans at
Wandong Country Music Festival.
1989 - Recorded the heritage
album The Cross Of The Five Silver Stars with Johnny Ashcroft,
Bettybo and Shep Davis.
1994 - Inducted in the
Australasian Country Music Hands Of Fame.