David Gordon Kirkpatrick, 13 June 1927, Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia, d. 19 September 2003, Australia. Kirkpatrick grew up on his parents farm on Nulla Nulla Creek. His first introduction to music came through listening to renditions by his father, who was known throughout the area as Noisy Dan, owing to his overly loud vocal performances, only matched by his old-time fiddle playing. He listened avidly to the radio, being initially attracted by the recordings he heard of such singers as Jimmie Rodgers and Wilf Carter, and later, the first recordings of Australian artists Tex Morton and Buddy Williams. He was particularly attracted to cowboy songs and wrote his first song, The Way The Cowboy Dies, at the age of 10.
At school, Kirkpatrick became very friendly with Edwin Haberfield who lived on the next farm. The two boys spent many hours learning to play the guitar and to sing and yodel like Rodgers and Carter. They...
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