1918- Born Harold Taylor on
September 5th in Newtown, Sydney. Spent seven years in Glebe
Point Orphanage before being fostered to a family in Dorrigo,
1933- Age 15 he ran away from home and worked in a quarry in
Coffs Harbour. During this time he also busked around Sydney and
1935- Cut his first record (a process disc that was not
generally distributed) to see for himself how he would sound.
1936- Age 18, sang professionally for the first time at the
Jacaranda Festival in Grafton.
1939- On September 7th, two days after his 21st birthday went to
Sydney and recorded for Regal Zonophone. (You had to be
21 years old to sign any legal document without an adult).
1940's- Played Sydney's Theatre Royal with Roy Rene and Evie
Hayes. Made two more recording sessions and produced 9 more of
his self penned songs which included "Happy Jackaroo" and
"Australian Bushman's Yodel".
1942- 1945- Made eight recording sessions including "Music in my
Pony's Feet" and "Where The White Faced Cattle Roam". Enlisted
in the 2nd AIF as a Bren Gunner. Joined the 2/21st Battalion.
Sent home after being wounded at Balikpapan.
1946- Made his first film appearance in "He Chased a Chicken"
and also recorded his hit "Overlander Trail".
1947- Married second wife Grace in Brisbane January 31 and the
first child Donita Carolyn born that year.
1948- Daughter Donita accidently killed in Scottsdale, Tasmania,
on November 29th aged 1 year and 9 months.
1952- Cut his first country sessions for Regal Zonophone Label
at their new studio in Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Recorded
"Missing In Action".
1953- Touring Australia and recorded "The Kelly Gag".
1956- Recorded "Little Red Bonnet" in remembrance of his
1958- Cut first 45rpm record for EMI Columbia Label "I'll stroll
Down Memory Lane With You". Recorded 46 sides on singles plus 10
tracks for LP's.
1965- Moved to the RCA recording company.
1965-1972- 13 albums released through RCA along with numerous
singles and EP's.
1972- Teamed up with Tex Morton and toured the eastern states.
1974- Records "13 Wonderful Tears" written by Pat Ware. The song
contains 64 titles for other songs Buddy had previously
1977- Elevated to the Roll of Renown and inducted into the Hands
1977-1978- Ceased touring following a heart attack.
1979- RCA presents a Gold plated map of Australia in recognition
of 40 years of recording and touring.
1979-1980- Toured extensively.
1979- Completed film documentary "The Last Fair Dinkum Aussie
1980- Won the first awarded Heritage Award with "What a Dreary
Old World It Would Be".
1981- Made first honourable citizen of Warwick for contribution
to the success of the Warwick Rodoe's.
1983- Collaborates with Pat Ware to write the song "The
Hobo's Epitaph", which was to be his final song.
1986- Buddy died on December 12 from cancer in Brisbane
1991- Bronze bust of Buddy unveiled in Tamworth's
A wax sculpture of Buddy is in the
Big Golden Guitar Wax Museum.