Sunday Music – Armstrong

Posted on Sun 08/26/2012 by

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Today’s music video is Armstrong  from Australian Country singer, Reg Lindsay.

Link to Video at You Tube

This video was posted to You Tube by vomisacaasi

With the passing of one of the most recognised persons on Planet Earth, today’s song is a tribute to that great man, Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon.

This song was released in 1971 by an Australian Country singer, Reg Lindsay. While he was a well known name in Country music circles here in Australia, and had been for more than 20 years, this was his first hit that crossed over into the mainstream Australian Popular Music Charts, and went into the Top Ten as a major hit all around Australia, and in a number of the major cities, made it to the top of their local Charts.

The song is a tribute to the Moon landing and especially Neil Armstrong. While Reg made this song into such a huge hit here, it was in fact written by an American, John Stewart who was one of the members of the famed band, The Kingston Trio. It was released in 1971, two years after the actual landing, and is a touching song about how the whole World seemingly knew of the feat accomplished by this one man, Neil Armstrong.

Reg Lindsay was a huge star in the Australian Country Music scene, and along with Slim Dusty, he was probably one of the most recognised names in that genre here in Australia. He won Australia’s highest accolade for Country Music, the Golden Guitar three times and was inducted in Australia’s Country Music Hall Of Fame in 1977.

He hosted two big TV shows in Australia, Reg Lindsay’s Country Hour which ran for 8 years, and then Country Homestead, which ran for 4 years, and earned him 4 Logie Awards, Australia’s equivalent of the Emmys.

Reg was the first Australian to appear at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, and he has a plaque on Nashville’s Walkway Of Stars.

His music career lasted 50 years, and in that time, he wrote more than 500 songs, and released 60 albums, six of them going Gold.

In 1989, Reg was awarded a Medal in the General Division of the Order Of Australia.

Sadly, reg passed away in 2008, aged 79.

This song Armstrong has actually been recognised by NASA and a copy of the song is buried in a time capsule at The Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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