FRANK IFIELD PRESENTED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

FRANK IFIELD PRESENTED LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD @ CANBERRA COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL

 


Country
music million seller Frank Ifield was presented with the Lifetime
Achievement Award at the Canberra Country Music Festival.    As the first performer to have 3 consecutive number 1 chart hits in Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, as well as numerous other Top 40 hits across Europe and North America in the 1960s.   Frank
will always be associated with the songs “I Remember You”, “Lovesick
Blues” and “She Taught Me How To Yodel” amongst many others.  
 
Born in Coventry, England to Australian parents, Frank relocated when he was 11 years to a farm just west of Sydney.   Growing
up he listened to country music while milking the cows and imitating
the vocal and yodel style of country stars like Hank Snow.   At
the age of thirteen won a live radio talent competition, scored a
contract with EMI and recorded “Did You See My Daddy Over There?”.   By the age of 19 was the number one recording star in Australia and New Zealand and had his own country music television show “Campfire Favourites” from when he returned to Britain.
 
Frank was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Canberra Country Music Festival Director Kelvin Fahey.   Upon
receiving the award Frank elaborated on his early days promoting his
records on radio and television during the times of emerging
Beatlemania, as well as his approach to selecting and recording new
songs.
 
The Lifetime Achievement Awards is in addition to his Medal of the Order Of Australia for services to the arts as an entertainer, Country Music Roll of Renown in Tamworth,
TIARA for services to Australian country music, Best British Male
Vocalist International Country Music Awards and Male Entertainer of the
Year by the International Country Music Association of America.   These
days Frank is active in promoting emerging country music artists as
patron of the Music & Arts Talent Search as well as the
International Spur Award given to Australian Country Music artists who
have international potential.
 
Mr Frank Ifield we salute you in your lifetime of service to country music!

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