1980’s

1989

APRA Song of the Year
We’ve Done Us Proud – Graeme Connors (Recorded by Slim Dusty, EMI)

Top Selling
Boomerang Cafe – John Williamson (Emusic)

Album of the Year
Boomerang Cafe – John Williamson (Emusic)

Male Vocalist of the Year
James Blundell – Cloncurry Cattle Song (EMI)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Deniese Morrison – Battle Hymn Of Love (Country City Music)

Instrumental of the Year
Bullabounce – Bullamakanka (True Blue)

Heritage Award
Slim Dusty – We’ve Done Us Proud (writer, Graeme Connors, EMI)

New Talent of the Year
Jenine Vaughan – Gypsy Man (RCA)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Smoky Dawson & Trevor Knight – High Country (EMI)

Roll of Renown
The Hawking Brothers

Country Music Capital Award
Kevin Knapp

1988

APRA Song of the Year
The Old Time Tent Shows – Barry Forrester, recorded by Alan Hawking (RCA)

Top Selling
Mallee Boy – John Williamson (Emusic/Festival)

Album of the Year
Neon City – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Allan Caswell – Black Jack Blues Again (EMI)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Evelyn Bury – I’m Stronger Than I Look (Selection)

Instrumental of the Year
Jackaroo – The Flying Emus (Infinity)

Heritage Award
Smoky Dawson & Trevor Knight’s Newport Trio – The Days Of Old Khancoban (Jade)

New Talent of the Year
James Blundell – Song For Louise (RCA)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Flying Emus – Auctioneer (Festival)

Roll of Renown
John Minson

Country Music Capital Award
Barry Forrester

1987

APRA Song of the Year
He’s A Good Bloke When He’s Sober – Stan Coster (recorded by Slim Dusty, EMI)

Top Selling
Patsy Rigger Country – Patsy Riggir (CBS, NZ)

Album of the Year
Mallee Boy – John Williamson (Festival)

Male Vocalist of the Year
John Williamson – True Blue (Festival)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Deniese Morrison – Now I’m Easy (Country City Entertainment)

Instrumental of the Year
Emu Strut – The Flying Emus (Flying Emu Productions, through Festival)

Heritage Award
Slim Dusty – Mount Buckaroo (EMI)

New Talent of the Year
Jane Maddick – Rainbow Chaser (RCA/Ariola)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Three Chord Wonders – Losin’ My Blues Tonight (EMI)

Roll of Renown
Chad Morgan

Country Music Capital Award
Jazzer Smith

1986

APRA Song Of The Year
The Garden – Allan Caswell (Albert)

Top Selling
Yodelling Man – Roger Tibbs (Music World)

Album of the Year
Road Thru The Heart – John Williamson (Emusic)

Male Vocalist of the Year
John Williamson – You And My Guitar (Emusic)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Patsy Riggir – You Remind Me Of A Love Song (Epic, NZ)

Instrumental of the Year
Look Out Below – The Flying Emus (Larrikin)

Heritage Award
Norma Murphy – How The Fire Queen Crossed The Swamp (Selection)

New Talent of the Year
Great Divide – Landed On My Feet (RCA)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
The Flying Emus – Diamond Creek (Larrikin)

Roll of Renown
Johnny Ashcroft

Country Music Capital Award
Wally Bishop

1985

APRA Song of the Year
Queen In The Sport Of Kings – John Williamson (Festival)

Top Selling
Trucks On The Track – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Album of the Year
Trucks On The Track – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Arthur Blanch – What Do Lonely People Do (EMI)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Patsy Riggir – You’ll Never Take The Country Out Of Me (CBS, NZ)

Instrumental of the Year
Gospel Train – Alan Hawking (RCA)

Heritage Award
Reg Poole – When The Big Mobs Came To Bourke (Selection)

New Talent of the Year
Vic Lanyon – Here’s To You (EMI)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Bullamakanka – G’Day (EMI)

Roll of Renown
Rick & Thel Carey

Country Music Capital Award
Ron Wills

1984

APRA Song of the Year
I Was Only 19 – John Schumann (CBS)

Top Selling
I Was Only 19 – Redgum (CBS)

Album of the Year
On The Wallaby – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Arthur Blanch – I’ve Come A Long Way (Reflection)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Patsy Riggir – Beautiful Lady (CBS, NZ)

Instrumental of the Year
Moonjibah Mull – The Hired Hands (Country)

Heritage Award
Slim Dusty – Australia’s On The Wallaby (EMI)

New Talent of the Year
Natalie Wood – Who Were You Thinking Of (Hadley)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Bullamakanka – Gaylene (RCA)

Roll of Renown
Reg Lindsay

Country Music Capital Award
Bill Robertson

1983

APRA Song of the Year
Used To Be A Gold Song – Allan Caswell & Keith Potger (Country Man)

Top Selling
One Day At A Time – Suzanne Prentice (Music World)

Album of the Year
Too Late For Regrets – Arthur Blanch (CBS)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Johnny Chester – Ad In The Weekly Times (WEA)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jewel Blanch – Send All The Ghosts Away (CBS)

Instrumental of the Year
Back To Those Rolling Plains – Alan Hawking (Country Man)

Heritage Award
Slim Dusty – Banjo’s Man (EMI/Columbia)

New Talent of the Year
Leanne Douglas – Don’t It Make You Wanna Cry (RCA)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Bullamakanka – Home Among The Gum Trees (Mercury)

Roll of Renown
The McKean Sisters (Joy & Heather)

Country Music Capital Award
Rocky Page

1982

APRA Song of the Year
His Spurs Are Rusty Now – Rex & Colin Dallas (Hadley)

Top Selling
Who Put The Roo In The Stew – Webb Bros (RCA)

Album of the Year
The Lady And The Cowboy – Jewel & Arthur Blanch (CBS)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Johnny Chester – Rough Around The Edges (WEA)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jewel Blanch – I Can Love You (CBS)

Instrumental of the Year
Brian’s Tune – Barry Thornton (Selection)

Heritage Award
Slim Dusty – Where Country Is (EMI)

New Talent of the Year
Paul Wookey – Roll Along (Troubador)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
1901 – Lifting Me Up, Letting Me Down (Omega)

Roll of Renown
Gordon Parsons

Country Music Capital Award
Don McGuire

1981

APRA Song of the Year
One Armed Bandit – Allan & Brian Caswell (7)

Top Selling
The Man Who Steadies The Lead – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Album of the Year
The Man Who Steadies The Lead – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Johnny Chester – I Love You So Rebecca (WEA)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jean Stafford – That Glory Bound Train (Hadley)

Instrumental of the Year
Flying Pieman – The Bushwackers (Avenue)

Heritage Award
The Warrumbungle Mare – Reg Poole (writer, Coral Dasey Selection)

New Talent of the Year
Patsy Riggir – It’s Not Love (EMI, NZ)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
Grand Junction – Married Women (RCA)

Roll Of Renown
Tim McNamara

Country Music Capital Award
Arch Kerr

1980

APRA Song of the Year
Three Empty Bottles – Dave Pincombe (Astor)

Top Selling
Walk A Country Mile – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Album of the Year
Walk A Country Mile – Slim Dusty (EMI)

Male Vocalist of the Year
Reg Lindsay – The Empty Arms Hotel (7)

Female Vocalist of the Year
Jean Stafford – Hello Love (Hadley)

Instrumental of the Year
Panning For Gold – Buckskin (Festival)

Heritage Award
What A Dreary Old World It Would Be – Buddy Williams (RCA)

New Talent of the Year
Allan Caswell – King Of The Rodeo (Mercury)

Vocal Group or Duo of the Year
1901 – On The Road To Gundagai (Bullet)

Roll of Renown
Shirley Thoms

Country Music Capital Award
Eric Scott

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