Johnny Mac OAM
In 1978 Johnny Mac was inducted into the Australasian Country Music Hands Of Fame.
Johnny Mac has worked professionally in the music world since the early days of rock, starting out as lead singer of "The Downunders" in Canada.
Returning to Australia in the early 60's he was in demand at rock venues which led to appearances on TV shows such as "Stairway to the Stars", "Teen Time". "Adelaide Tonight", and "Six O'clock Rock".
In 1962 Johnny teamed with songwriter Peter Hiscock to form a successful recording combination. "Pink Champagne and a Room of Roses" probably being the most popular single was released in America in 1962 making Johnny the first South Australian to hit the American charts. Four LP's and numerous singles followed.
For six years he was contracted exclusively to Channel Seven in Adelaide working daily on the children's show "Wonderland" then weekly on "Country Style". During this time he also performed at interstate live shows, toured Australia with Lorne Green of "Bonanza" plus two tours of Vietnam entertaining the troops. Johnny's extensive tours of this state over the years with his Country Band makes him one of the most recognizable personalities.
In 1983 while on holiday in America, Johnny purchased Elvis Presley's 1969 Gold Eldorado Cadillac - so for the 2 years he travelled all over Australia displaying the car with its collection of Presley memorabilia, but still manages to perform on stage.
Johnny is married to Barbara and has 6 grown children and lives in Unley Park. (now in 2005 Johnny lives in Glenelg)
Words from the 1996 SA Country Music Festival & Awards Programme.
June 2008 Update
He recently did a number of spots in Millicent and Mount Gambier. The first time he has toured there in about 12 years.
From Aug.11 - 15, 2008 and then also on Aug 19 he did the Senior's circuit which is sponsored by ArtsSA. They are calling it ?? what else but Johnny Mac's Country Style, with Carol Sturtzel and a 3 piece band.
June 2012 Johnny received his OAM for services to country music. see here
Johnny can be reached in Glenelg on 08 8376-5661
Johnny from 1996 Barmera Souvenir Program
At Showcase 2005 (picture by I Fisk)