Kiwi star praised for talent

JUNE 21 was a sad day for supporters of country music on both sides of the ditch with the passing of Noel Parlane.

Although always a proud Kiwi, Parlane spent a lot of time in Australia where he built up a large circle of friends and an even larger circle of fans.

Born in Otago in 1951, his life was centred on country music from an early age.

He won the New Zealand Gold Guitar award in 1978, which saw him become a household name in the New Zealand country music world, and remain that way until his passing.

His first studio album Country Heartaches was released in 1980 went gold in his homeland, as well as selling 40,000 copies in Australia. Parlane recorded 18 studio albums, the last of which was Everybody's Here - released earlier this year.

He has the distinction of being an inductee in both the New Zealand and Australian halls of fame.

Earlier this year he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, which was apparently brought on during a period in his younger days when he spent time working with asbestos.

Even after his demise he is still a nominee for this year's Male Country Artist of the Year in the forthcoming New Zealand Music Awards.

Goodbye to Noel Parlane, a credit to himself, and to the country music industry.



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