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Hardy, Colin (Col) (1940–?)

Colin Hardy (1940–), musician and Gamilaraay man, was born in July 1940 and raised at Brewarrina, north-western New South Wales, one of eleven children. He was the first Aboriginal person to win a Golden Guitar at Tamworth (1973). With his rich, deep voice and strong interpretative qualities, he paved the way for future generations of Indigenous singers, country and otherwise. He was part of the Opals, a country outfit and sometime house-band for Jimmy Little’s travelling All-Coloured Show in the early 1960s. By the early 1970s he was winning over all-white audiences at Tamworth. He released his debut album, Black Gold, in 1973.

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'Hardy, Colin (Col) (1940–?)', Indigenous Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://ia.anu.edu.au/biography/hardy-colin-col-31740/text39192, accessed 12 May 2021.

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