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Submitted: Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 05:55
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This week we'll get away from disasters and events and have a look at two great Aussie that gave us great entertainment the Aussie way, I know there will be some members & Visitors on EO who have no interest in Country Music but for those who remember here's the memories.
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Rick & Thel Carey were both born in New South Wales, Australia, Rick a city boy from Sydney, and Thel a fair dinkum farm girl from Glossodia near Windsor.
Thel was a self taught guitarist, and her music eventually brought her to the "Bar-20 hillbilly Shows" at Eden Park and then appearances on the Reg Lindsay and Slim Dusty Shows.
It was at the Bar 20 shows that Rick & Thel met. Rick had acquired a good guitar from his prisoner of war father, and during his term with the Royal Australian Air Force Rick had been taught the instrument by a musical friend.
In 1960 they put together and took to the road with what was to become perhaps Australia's most loved touring show simply called The Rick & Thel Show.
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The couple were entertainment experts, bringing to us a rich variety in their music. From songs such as the heart wrenching Fourteen Red Roses For Jenny to hilarious novelty numbers like He's A¬She's A and I'll Take The Dog, they displayed a prowess for all facets of country music. Rick also created Cousin Ratsack who, by his zany antics, became one of Australia's all-time classic comedy characters.
The act was forced to retire during the early 1980s when Thel developed cancer of the tongue. They lived in retirement in Denmark, Western Australia, until Thel died of her illness on the 2nd October, 1998. Rick still lives in Denmark.Rick has been making a number of special one-off appearances
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You can listen to the main track HERE It really does bring back some memories.

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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:20

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 08:20
goodday doug
they are also in the golden guitar hall of fame in tamworth

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Reply By: Member - Fred G NSW - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 09:17

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 09:17
Ahh you have dug out a good memory there Doug. They were a unique talent. Saw them with Slim Dusty in the early 60's at the Monto town hall, Qld. as I recall.
Now I will have to dig out some of their music. Cheers mate.

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Follow Up By: Member - Fred G NSW - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 10:48

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 10:48
From the Country Hall of Fame website.
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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 09:45

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 09:45
Rick- Richard Bruce Carey
Thel- Thelma Marie Hoctor
Married 1952 Recorded Five Dock NSW.
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Reply By: Lotzi - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 10:48

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 10:48
Thanks Doug, now that's a gem.

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Follow Up By: Lotzi - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:10

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 11:10
This is a good interview for you Doug

http://www.abc.net.au/snc/stories/rick_carey_m1369238.Mp3
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 14:28

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 14:28
Lotzi
Thanks for the link, that was so very interesting, I met Rick at the Armidale Caravan Pk back in 1970 when I was there for the show, his van was next to mine , I was there for the Ag' show when I was travelling the country shows selling Gemstones I had cut and polished into Jewellry, It was there that I seen his show after he gave me a ticket .

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Reply By: Member - Dunworkin (WA) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:44

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 15:44
Oh dear, Oh dear Doug, yes the memories, Oh the heartstrings.

Thanks again Doug.

Cheers

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