1927 - August 13 Richard Bruce Carey
born in Sydney
October 9 Thel Hoctor born in Glossodia N.S.W.
Rick joins the RAAF as a radio mechanic
for the last two years of WW2.
Learned to play guitar that his
father gave him while in the Airforce.
Thel buys a guitar age 19 and teaches herself how to pick out
melodies and then learns bar chords.
1949 - Rick meets Thel at a Hillbilly
They decide to team up together and
form a duet.
1950 - January 12 together they topped
Sydney radio’s 466th Amateur Hour program.
January 5 Rick and Thel marry and rent a house in Merrylands
with another couple. Joy McKean and Slim Dusty. Thel writes
“Rusty It’s Goodbye” which she swaps with Slim Dusty for “I’ll
Never be Fooled Again”.
1954 - January first recordings with EMI
Regal Zonophone. “I’ll Never be Fooled Again” flip side “She Was
Happy ‘Till She Met You”.
Recorded with EMI for 25 years.
1950’s – Four about 4 years did short tours and western suburb
halls that fitted in with their day jobs- Thel as a teacher and
Rick as a motor mechanic.
January 28 first daughter Lynne born.
Joined the All Star Western Show featuring Kevin King, Nev
Nicholls and Chad Morgan. Disagreements lead to the disbanding
of this group.
1950 - Joined the Chad Morgan Show. A
dispute saw this show split with Rick and Thel being joined by
McCoy and later Gordon parsons and
January 8 second daughter Susan born.
1960 - The
Rick and Thel Show commenced touring. They featured Athol McCoy,
Woolhouse Twins, Brian Young, Curly Aylward, and later Johnny
Heap, Eddie Tapp.
First tour of Western Australia.
Second daughter Susan dies at age 14 after a long history of
illnesses. Pioneered touring by air to cover the large distances
out outback and northern Australia.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame in Tamworth.
December signed with Hadley Label in Tamworth. There they
recorded “For Jenny a Rose.”
Completed tour of the South West of Western Australia.
South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into
the Hall of Fame
Inducted into the Roll of Renown in Tamworth.
Thel has surgery to remove a tumour from under her tongue.
Completed their final show in Bunbury WA and retired from the
music scene due to Thel’s health.
Settle on their property and new home in Denmark, Western
Australia after 30 years of travelling and living in a van.
1998 - Thel passed away on Oct 2nd from
tongue cancer. Thel was buried on her 69th birthday
Oct 9th in Denmark WA.
Release of the album titled “Beyond the Dream” featuring Rick
with his daughter Lynne and friends.
A wax sculpture of Rick and Thel is
in the Big Golden Guitar Wax Museum.