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A portrait bust commemorates country musician Barry Thornton who was a true legend of Australian country music.

The only specialist instrumentalist so far inducted to the Country Music Roll of Renown, Thornton is credited with originating the distinctive lead guitar sound which set the style of practically all bush ballads¬Australia`s own unique form of country music¬from the mid 1950s onward. He travelled with the Slim Dusty Show for 19 years, playing the on-stage comedy character of "Mulga Dan" as well as setting the path and style for so many lead players to come.


Address:Kable Avenue, Bicentennial Park, Tamworth, 2340
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.093292
Long: 150.929181
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Peter Latona


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 21st January, 2008
Front Inscription

                 Barry Thornton
         14.6.1934 - 28.7.2002

The much loved and admired creator of the
uniquely Australian country bush balled
lead guitar style, Barry toured and recorded
for 20 years with Slim Dusty.  His
instrumentals were the inspiration for many
up and coming guitarists.  Through his
recordings, Barry`s work and dedication to
his craft will live on forever.

A gift to the public from the Australian country music fraternity.
          Sculpted by Peter Latona, 2007
              Unveiled January 21, 2008


Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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