July 4th, 2004

Bellbird Music’s official launch in Tamworth.

First issues from Bellbird Music will be launched at the Australian Country Music Foundation at 9:30am on Saturday 10th July 2004 during the Hats Off To Country Festival in Tamworth.  The first three titles under the new label will be

Call of the Bellbird - Volume One  

This is the first of a series of albums showcasing the memorable Country Music recorded by Hadley Records over their first three decades from their humble beginnings in the early 1960s.  In this collection are seven legends who have been elevated to the Country Music Roll of Renown and four Golden Guitar winners including Rick & Thel Carey, Slim Newton, Rex Dallas, Rocky Page, Jean Stafford, Norm Bodkin & Kenny Kitching, Athol McCoy, Shirley Thoms, Dusty Rankin, Eddie Tapp, Gentleman Geoff Brown, The Singing Kettles, Buddy Bishop, Bryan Watkins, Stan Wood, and Gordon Parsons.  

Rick & Thel Carey - Mr & Mrs Country Music

Rick and Thel began touring in 1957 with shows such as Reg Lindsay and Heather McKean. They Put together the All Star Western Show in 1959 but in 1960 they went out on the road with their own show. They continued touring for 30 years all over Australia until Thel's illness forced them off the road and into retirement in 1987. This album, originally released in 1979 by Hadley Records, features some of Rick & Thel's best loved songs including "For Jenny A Rose", "Pretty Is As Pretty Does" and "Life Begins At Forty". Special feature is an extra four tracks from the On Tour Album.

Jean Stafford - Flowers For Mama / Jean Stafford 

Here are the first two albums recorded by Jean Stafford for Hadley Records.  Jean went on to record three more albums for Hadley, earning three Golden Guitars in the process including her first, included here, for “What Kind Of Girl Do You Think I Am” in 1975!  She recorded three albums for EMI records in the 80's and continued to record during the 90’s for a number of independent labels, but this is where it all started – with those long trips from her home in Tasmania to Country Music Capital, Tamworth. 

These are the first issues in what we hope to be an ongoing programme of re-issues and new compilation of the classic recordings from the Hadley Studios.


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