Biographical Info .My name is KENNY PALETHORPE, I was born in 1932 in Melbourne in the depression years. I am now 85 years of age. My music began when I was 5 years of age when my Mother bought me a mouthorgan in Coles for threepence [ three pennies or 2.5 cents ] and I played my first tune “Underneath the spreading chestnut tree” [ a popular song at the time ] My Mother bought me a new mouthorgan every birthday until I was 16 years old when she bought me a two row button accordion in keys C and C sharp which gave me all the flats and sharps. I am for ever grateful to my Mother. Times were tough in the thirties and During the War when Dad was away. In 1952 I met Norm Green, a very good Banjo-ukelele player. We teamed Up and won a couple of Radio competitions and played in pub lounges and beer gardens around Melbourne, walking around the tables playing all sorts of music and requests, as well as comedy skits and magic. In 1960 I moved to Albury and was soon busy with the music etc. as well as well as my day job. In 1972 I was playing a 3 keyboard Wurlitzer organ at pubs, clubs and Wedding receptions [ my specialty being dinner music ] I was never in a band and never sang. When I was 50 yrs I did start singing country music and old standards. For about six years. I had a bit of a go at writing a song but I was really too busy with music and signwriting to concentrate on writing songs. Later on I went back to the Button accordion, banjo-uke comedy and Magic which included being Zippo the clown at shopping centres etc. Then a few small tours of Victoria and Tasmania. Now in “retirement” and having all the information about my Great- Grandfather and how my Grand mother was a convict’s daughter I realised there was a story there,so I have just written and recorded My first song, singing and playing the piano and my other instruments. It was suggested that I have a go at another song which I am just about finished now, having got all the bits and pieces together. I am so happy to be a member of the Tamworth Songwriters Association.
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