Kevin Shegog: Popular country singer and songwriter (c.1923-2000), originally from Tasmania, who recorded prolifically for W&G in Melbourne.
According to Noel McGrath, during 1961, Shegog
sold more records in Victoria and Tasmania than Johnny O'Keefe did during the same period. included on this album - Little Kangaroo Three of his songs made the top 40 charts during 1961-62 and are, Wolverton Mountain (reached #3), Fall Out Shelter - McGrath writes that Cowboy Boots made a Victorian chart in 1963.
Billed as Australia's foremost country and folk singer, Kevin Shegog
grew up in Tasmania, where he
learnt guitar and country songs accompanying records he
heard on the radio.
He moved to Victoria in 1955, joining the Gold Toppers.
It was not until 1959 that he
recorded with Planet Records - Now there's a label to collect!
People unfamiliar with Shegog's
material will appreciate the Planet recordings which include well known songs such as Riders in the Sky, High Noon, Mule Train and Cry of the Wild Goose which are all covers.
It's pleasing to see that Kevin
wrote quite a lot of his
own material which stands up pretty well to the covers here.
Some of his
own songs date from as early as 1960; the most recent recording on this album is from 1974; On Melbourne Airport, Tullamarine, recorded in 1971, and Pentridge (1975) Shegog
at least shows that he
is aware of contempory themes.
How sad it was to hear of the passing of Kevin Shegog
late last year, knowing that virtually none of his
formidable catalogue was in print, nor had been for so many years.
So it's a most welcome addition to my CD library that I can now boast a full 20 track collection of his