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Description - Smoky Dawson - A Life by Smoky Dawson

In his memoir, SMOKY DAWSON - A LIFE, Smoky chronicled his rise to fame after enduring the trauma and deprivation of a cruel childhood - and then the love he shared for six decades with the rock of his private and professional existence, his indefatigable wife Dot. Now, in honour of both Smoky and Dot, this updated book fills in the 23 years of activity between the release of Smoky's memoir in 1985 and his death in 2008, with a comprehensive, brand new chapter.

"The Final Round-Up" delves deep into the twilight years of the entertainment legend who remained an active figure in country music right to the end. It is the fitting biographical finale for a performer and character who deserves to be remembered as a genuine Aussie icon.

Smoky Dawson was a legend in the world of Australian country music. He made it to the national and international stage, broke through in America in the 1950s - something that was unheard of at the time - and became a household name back in Australia with the Smoky Dawson Show on national radio. At its peak, there were almost a million youngsters - including future Prime Minister Paul Keating - registered in his Kellogg's Wild West Club, proud "Deputy Sheriffs" sworn to uphold "The Code of the West", a staggering percentage of the country's population.

Smoky was a trailblazer in every way, a unique entertainer of unrivalled versatility, the total showman. His prolific songwriting and recordings, superb horsemanship, Outback exploits in tent shows and rodeos, death-defying knife and axe-throwing act, huge media profile and so many other achievements created the indelible, magic persona of Australia's very own singing cowboy. Smoky was the man who rode into the hearts of an admiring nation on his famous Palomino, Flash "The Wonder Horse" - and they were inseparable.

This updated publication, fully illustrated, also includes tributes to Smoky from a cross-section of prominent Australians in the entertainment industry and other walks of life.

'Never have I known a more positive and encouraging man than Smoky. Always planning and looking ahead, and always so gracious in his support of young Aussie talent. We loved him so much.' - Keith Urban.

'What an honour it was to know you, Smoky. What a wonderful man. What a brilliant career.' - Lee Kernaghan.

'He taught us peace ... and any man who can say they taught another man peace has really achieved something in life.' - John Laws.

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