Wayne Horsburgh


11 June 1955, Lima, near Benalla, Victoria, Australia. Horsburgh grew up on the family’s dairy farm and was given his first guitar at the age of eight. His interest in country music began when he used to listen to his father’s Hank Snow and Wilf Carter records. When he was aged 11, he sang with a local dance band and made the finals of a national television programme in Melbourne. After completing his high school studies in 1971, he spent four years working for the State Savings Bank, first in Benalla and later in Melbourne. However, in August 1973, after seeing Slim Whitman during an Australian tour, he decided upon a career in country music. Impressed by Whitman’s clever use of falsetto, he practised and soon became a proficient yodeller, a talent that endeared him to his American audiences when, some years later, he made regular visits to the USA. He finally achieved his breakthrough in 1978, when he was offered the opportunity to tour with the...

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