1 November 1945, Quambatook, Victoria, Australia. Williamsons musically inclined parents sang in amateur operatic productions. At the end of his teens, the family relocated to Croppa Creek, near Moree, New South Wales. Singing at a local restaurant he introduced his first composition, Old Man Emu, which was a great success. He sang it on televisions New Faces, winning first place, part of the prize being a recording contract. Williamson recorded the song for Fable Records and saw it rise swiftly to number 1 in the Australian pop charts.
Through the 70s Williamson toured the country and at the start of the 80s signed with Festival Records. Centring his repertoire in Australian tales, he found audiences responding readily to the concept. Over the following years he composed some 200 songs, including Campfire On The Road, Three Sons, Bells In A Bushmans Ear, Cootamundra...
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