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Jean Stafford


HIGHEST HONOUR FOR JEAN STAFFORD

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Invited by the country music historical board to appear at its annual ACMF Roll of Renown Concert, national and international artist Jean Stafford was scheduled to make an appearance in Tamworth at this afternoon’s concert, where unbeknowns to her she would receive Australian Country Music’s highest honour as an inductee into the 2008 Roll of Renown.
Compered again by ABC ‘Saturday Night Country’ host John Nutting, the concert is one of the major events of the Tamworth Country Music Festival's first weekend.  The 37th recipient Jean was inducted along with one of the country’s veteran comedy entertainers songwriter Geoff Mack.
Recovering from a deliberating bout of Ross River Fever, Jean was forced to cancel her travel arrangements late on Thursday afternoon on doctor’s advice that the combination of travel and a stage appearance may result in hospitalising in the Country Music Capital, further delaying any recovery.
It was Eric Scott of Hadley Records fame, who accepted the honour of Jean’s behalf.  The long association with Tamworth’s most recognised early record label and the Hadley Studios producer and Jean Stafford still lives on today.  In 2005 the newly founded Bellbird Music label re-released Jean’s early Hadley recordings, her first two albums ‘Flowers For Mama’ and ‘Jean Stafford’. 
Eric’s appeal to the near-capacity Town Hall audience, to take back a message of ‘Good Wishes to Jean’ met with a huge response.  Eric recalled his first meetings with Jean, saying he ‘had known her since she was a schoolgirl.  A schoolgirl with a bloody great voice!!’




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