Ensuring Tim?s place in history
WOULD Reg Lindsay, Slim Dusty and Frank Ifield be as famous if it weren't for Tim McNamara?
Within the inner circle of the Aussie music industry, Tim McNamara was a pioneer musical entrepreneur.
Outside it, he is virtually unknown.
Tim died in 1983 from cancer of the larynx, but his widow, Olga McNamara of Banora Point has been doing her best to ensure his mem- ory lives on.
"He was so knowledgeable and so respected, he was able to assist many people in getting their careers started," Olga said.
"In the early 50s, the Tim McNamara Show was the biggest amateur music talent quest on radio, where singers like Reg Lindsay and Frank Ifield got their start."
Even Slim Dusty got a helping hand from Tim.
"Slim and his offsider Shorty Ranger came down from Kempsey, hardly a penny in their pockets, and Tim offered them jobs mowing his lawn," Olga said.
"He helped Slim get a recording contract through his industry contacts and the rest is history."
Against tough odds, Olga has made memorabilia including belt buckles, spoons and bracelets bearing Tim's likeness and travelled the country speaking about his life.
Recently she released five CDs of her late husband's work to honour his place in Australian music history.