Col is very active with the Sydney Male Choir
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I first started in show business in 1957 singing in trios and duets around the clubs in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney – living next door to Frank Coghlan in those days whetted my appetite for show business.
Resident on Friday nights at the old Coogee Sports Club and with regular gigs at the Coogee/Randwick Legion Club, Paddington/Woollahra RSL, Matraville RSL, Kensington RSL among other clubs and pubs in the area – wherever my agent, Keith Crocket, booked me.
I retired from show business in 1961 to return to my trade as a signwriter but stayed in touch with my old showbiz mates, sometimes sitting in at one of their shows.
I expanded my business into marketing and advertising, writing a syndicated wine, dine and entertainment feature for some of the Cumberland newspaper group and in the early 1970’s was fortunate enough to acquire the signwriting contract for almost all of the sporting grounds in and around Sydney, which led to my being offered the contract to produce all the advertising signs for World Series Cricket and the Australian Open Golf – needless to say, I accepted the offer immediately, with the result that my signs were being shipped all over the cricketing world.
I retired in 1985 and travelled around Australia with my wife, who I married in 1961, for the next several years before she became ill and we came back to Sydney where she could get proper and swift medical treatment when and where she needed it.
I kept in touch with my showbiz mates by joining the Variety Artists Golfing Society, the VAGS, serving as Secretary, Captain, and for the last fifteen years or so as President – I am also a member of the Galahs.
My wife died in 2006, after 45 happy years of marriage and I started to think about singing again, so I joined a church group which led to my joining the Sydney Male Choir and travelling the world with them, singing at exotic venues in Europe and Asia, including the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretttoneux in 2013, under the Arc de Triomphe and all through Cornwall and London.
Since I joined the Sydney Male Choir my interest has been rekindled and on being elected to the Executive committee of the choir, as well as the marketing committee, I have got involved in dance and comedy routines with them.
I have also started writing lyrics for songs, with Woody Finlayson of the Delltones writing the music, - we have formed Silverwood Music and I am also writing scripts for shows and comedy skits and have written an ANZAC legacy show for the Choir which is currently, and will be, performed in various venues around the State during 2015 to celebrate the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.
The Department of Veteran Affairs has generously awarded a grant towards the costs of producing this show.