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Information and Booking Page

Lonnie Lee and The Leemen will make some historic appearances at the
Tamworth Services Club.

In case you didn't know..

His hits of the late 50's early 60's are legendary in the history of the Australian Music Industry.
Starlight Starbright - I found a new love - Yes Indeed I do - Defenceless
When the Bells stop ringing - Sitting by the River - Sit Around and Talk with me
Don't you know Pretty Baby - SOS, Sad Over Someone.. and now ..

his latest album releases..

'North West Mail' (Country Rockabilly)

'Light of Love' (Adult 50's style ballads)

He has been presented with award after award and accolade after accolade since..
early 1957 and the 1961 Golden Microphone Award as 'Australia's Most Popular Star'

The latest being..
2001 Induction into the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame
Australia Post's, Most Popular Nostalgia Performer
Australia Post's, Most Popular Performer, two years in a row. 2001 and 2002

Most of his performances are still to capacity audiences in the major venues and festivals across Australia
and due to many requests over the years, he has decided to perform for his fans at the this year's Tamworth Festival.

(Space set aside for dancing at back)

Lonnie Lee - One of the very few 'REAL' legends of Australian Music.

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199 Marius St, Tamworth. Phone: (02) 6766 8166
General information sheet here

Sat - January 17   2pm
Sun - January 18  2pm
Mon -
January 19  2pm
Tue - January 20   2pm

Show is 1 hour 30 mins straight through Lonnie on stage the whole time with
The Leemen.

Adults $27.00
Pensioner $25.00
 (Must Show Pension Card)
Group 15 + $23.00
Children $16.00 (15 and Under)


Book at the Club

In Person: 199 Marius St., 9.30am to 10.30pm
Phone Bookings:(02) 6766 8166

Tourism Tamworth

Booking Details:
3 Easy Ways To Book

In Person at Capitol Theatre Tamworth, The Big Golden Guitar or Ray Walsh House
Phone Bookings : By Credit Card- 02 6767 5300
BOOK ONLINE HERE - Booking charges could occur here
or here or here

Contact us here if you have troubles booking


The Leemen will kick the show off with some great songs then hang on toy your seats..

Lonnie will take the stage for an 1 hour 30 mins of pure non-stop energy.

Back in 2015 at The Services Club but this time, in the FIRST week of the festival. 
Saturday 17th through to Tuesday 20th. ( 4 shows)   All shows are at 2pm.

Lonnie has been known to most Australians for over 55 years. This year marks 56 years since his first of five number one records, his first album, first major television appearances on Six O’clock Rock and Bandstand and his first major tours as one of Australia’s biggest pop star idols.

That was the tour which started the Rock’n’Roll revolution in Australia. In 1960 he and Johnny O’Keefe brought Rock’n’Roll to the sleepy town of Tamworth for the first time ever. The town hall was packed to the rafters with screaming teenagers and after the show, the crowd swelled out onto the road trying to get a glimpse of them.

Some over zealous girls used their lipsticks to write their names, phone numbers and kisses on the star’s cars whilst some of their jealous boyfriends ran coins along the side of the cars scraping off the paint, bending the windscreen wipers off, letting the tyres down and even breaking eggs over them.

Since then he has performed all over the world and lived in USA for 15 years among other things, writing with and for Roy Orbison and others. He was also a founding director of the American Country Music Association in Las Vegas and gave the SuperGroup ‘Alabama’ their first ever shows in Nashville.

Now, 56 years later, Lonnie is once again back in Tamworth with his fabulous band The Leemen. As well as all his hits, and songs from new and past albums, his new show is his tribute to his friends and peers, the very first stars of Australian popular music. The show is called.. ‘The Roots of Aussie Rock’ and features songs by Johnny O’Keefe, Col Joye, Dig Richards, Johnny Rebb, Noeleen Batley, Johnny Devlin, Warren Williams, Barry Stanton, Lucky Starr, The Delltones and more.
These were the young stars that Australian teenagers fell in love with.  Lonnie tells their story and sings their hits as his tribute to them.

Let him take you down a wonderful memory lane. On Sat 17, Sun 18, Mon 19 and Tues 20. 2pm every day.
Be sure to BOOK as early as you can!!!

If you are Country Music lover and want to know what connection
Lonnie has to the country and Country Music?

He was raised on the family sheep station in Rowena, between Walgett and Moree
Much of his first music was listening to early Country Music singers such as Hank Williams etc..

In the 50's he did many country shows with the top country stars of the time.. Tom MacNamara, Reg Lindsay, Tex Morton, Bill Kelly, George Payne and many others..

He was the only POP star of that time to record true modern country music and make them hits.

In 1964 he recorded the very first full stereo album in Australia. Called 'A Country Boy at Heart', it featured many of his own self written songs.

His self written country single releases of the time included, 'Little White House', 'On the Run', 'More than Yesterday' etc..

During a visit back from Nashville in the mid 70's he..

Promoted the first Modern Country Music Show at the Sydney Town Hall and had many country guests including John Williamson.

Convince and help Radio 2KY become the first full time country music station in Australia.
Arranged most of the American stars of the time to do station ID's and interviews for the station.

Had one of the first Country Music programs on radio 2KY in Sydney in the mid 70's. It ran for an hour 5 pm Drive time sponsored by Edels the biggest Sydney Music store at the time.

He had the first full Modern Country Music show seasons in the major Sydney Clubs.
'Lonnie Lee's Nashville Country Music Show' was in St George Leagues and Blacktown RSL as well as others.. The shows ran for many weeks in each club and featured many country singers such as Jimmy Little, Nev Nichols, Men of Country etc. Most times it had a cast up to 26 people including 2 bands. His own band included Norm Bodkin one of Australia's first premier pedal steel players. He still uses the leather guitar strap Norm made for him.

In Tamworth, he wrote and produced tracks for aboriginal country singer Col Hardy for Opal Records.

In USA...

He lived many years in USA, most of them in Nashville and Las Vegas

In 1972 BMI and Acuff Rose Publishing started him writing with and for Roy Orbison in Nashville.

In the mid 70's to 80's he ran several Country Music Clubs and famous restaurants in Nashville such as Jerry Reed's Nashville Palace, Web Pierce's Rhinestone Cowboy, Ernie Ashworth's Country Kitchen, The 3 Gables' and more.. He booked many of the top Country acts of the time including many Opry Legends, and others such as Gospel group, DJ Sumner and the Stamps, Tony Joe White, Mickey Gilley and other famous identities such as Jack Clements, Jack Lawrence.

He was the first to book the Supergroup Alabama into Nashville during Fan Fare which gave them their big break with RCA.
He booked the Jerry Reed Band for near 2 years in both the Nashville Place and the Rhinestone Cowboy
He showcased Ronnie McDowell to the world press with his 'The King is Gone' just after Elvis passed. It sold millions and started his record career.

He started and ran the first independent computerized Country Music Record Promotion company in USA... as well as 'SpotLite Records' both based in Nashville with a West Coast branch in Las Vegas.

In 1978 Lonnie's name was placed in the famous 'Web Pierce Guitar Pool' in Nashville.

1980 he was made an Honorary Delegate to the United States House of Representatives, for his 'Outstanding contribution to the Community, State of Tennessee and Nation'.

In 1982 Lonnie was a founder director of the Las Vegas based.. 'American Country Music Association'.

and there is enough for another book..............

Check out Lonnie's new The Roots of Aussie Rock website

Lonnie has been on cable TV all year on the OVATION Channel
Lonnie Lee's CRY! Swing Show featuring the music and story of Johnnie Ray
The Black and White TV Years and Lonnie Lee's Good Rockin' Tonight

The New Handmade Lonnie Lee album coasters


Sydney Internet Directory
Starlite Records
Johnny O'Keefe
Roots of Australian Rock'n'Roll
The Cry Show
Rockabilly Frenzy
Elvis The hillbilly cat show
The Roots of Aussie Rock Show

Whats Lonnie up to? Here's a some of it - not all, but some!

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