Posted by themusicsover on April 2, 2012
March 1, 1937 – April 2, 2012
Jimmy Little was a popular Australian aboriginal singer-songwriter who, over a career that spanned some 60 years, became one of the first indigenous musicians to find mainstream success in that country. Influenced by the likes of Nat King Cole, Jim Reeves, and Johnny Mathis, Little’s repertoire seemed to know no bounds. He was equally at home whether he was performing folk, country, or even reggae. Although he released no fewer than 30 albums since he was first signed to a Regal Zonophone Records in 1956, his most popular proved to be 1999′s Messenger, which reached #26 on the Australian albums chart. A tireless supporter of education for indigenous children, Little spent many hours teaching and mentoring. He also started the Jimmy Little Foundation to promote good health and diet for the indigenous. In 2004, the Australian people voted him a National Living Treasure, and in 2010, the APRA Awards recognized him for Outstanding Services To Australian Music. Jimmy Little was 75 when he died of various health conditions on April 2, 2012.
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