Vale: Reg Lindsay

Australian country music veteran Reg Lindsay has died. He was 79.

Lindsay died in a Newcastle hospital this afternoon after a battle with pneumonia, according to his family, the Nine Network reported.

Lindsay won three Golden Guitars and wrote more than 500 songs during his long career that also included two long-running television shows during the 1960s The Reg Lindsay Country Hour, broacast from Adelaide and Reg Lindsay Country Homestead, from Brisbane. They were popular for more than 12 years winning Logies for Best State-based show. He also appeared on a string of variety shows including Good Morning Australia, Midday, Good Morning Melbourne.

He also experienced some success in the United States and was the first Australian to be officially recognised with a plaque on Nashville’s Walkway of Stars.

Lindsay suffered a cerebral haemorrhage at the Tamworth Country Music Festival in 1994. After a long rehabilitation period, he then suffered a heart attack and underwent a triple bypass.

Reg was well known for his support of numerous charities and appeared on many TV telethons including ones for Jerry Lewis and Dick Clarke. One of the songs he is best remembered for is Armstrong, which was his tribute to the American astronauts and their historic moon landing and was his first big hit on the pop charts in 1971.

Source: AAP

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