27 June 2018
Frank Ifield is the next country music legend selected to be commemorated with a Bronze Bust in Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia.
Frank’s amazing career both in Australia and overseas has seen him become known as a pioneer of the country music industry. He has been inducted into the Country Music Roll of Renown, the ARIA Hall of Fame, and has received the Tamworth Independent Artist Recognition Award for his commitment to the nurturing of talent through the Frank Ifield International Spur Award.
His hit songs include I Remember You, Lovesick Blues and Waywind Blues and the Tamworth Bronze Bust Committee is now seeking funds to help further honour Frank with a Bronze Bust in Bicentennial Park, right in the heart of Tamworth, NSW.
Ms Lorraine Pfitzner, Bronze Bust Coordinator said: “Commemorating country music industry legends with a bronze bust started back in 1991 and since then has seen the likes of Tex Morton, Buddy Williams, Barry Thornton, Stan Coster, Reg Lindsay, Jimmy Little and Shirley Thoms cast in bronze and mounted in Bicentennial Park.
“The Busts cost around $20,000 and so-far the committee has raised $7,200, so we are now seeking the support of organisations and individuals to help us reach our target and ensure Frank receives this deserving honour.”
The Legends of Country Music row has become one of the “must see” country music experiences in Tamworth and a fundraising concert is being held during Tamworth’s annual Toyota Hats Off to Country Festival this coming July.
Toyota Hats Off to Country Festival stakeholder committee member Ms Cheryl Byrnes said: “The fundraising concert is being held at the Southgate Inn on Saturday 14 July at 10 am. Entry is by a $10 donation which will go toward the Bronze Bust for Frank.”
For those unable to attend this year's Hats Off to Country Festival, Lorraine says there are many ways to make a donation. “Donations can be made at the Country Music Hall of Fame, or via cheque or money order made out to ACMF (Australian Country Music Hall of Fame) and delivered to PO Box 1207 Tamworth NSW 2340.
Donations can also be directly deposited into the Australian Country Music Hall of Fame Account BSB: 032621 ACC: 108133 with reference: FRA. Donations requiring a receipt will require full name and details to be provided.