Pop­u­lar gui­tarist hon­oured with OAM

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

THE late leg­endary gui­tarist Phil Em­manuel, a reg­u­lar face and sta­ple per­former for the Air­lie Beach Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic, has been awarded a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia for his ser­vice to the per­form­ing arts, par­tic­u­larly through mu­sic.

From mod­est be­gin­nings in the fam­ily band, The Em­manuel Quar­tet, Phil rose to fame with The Trail­blaz­ers, play­ing gui­tar along­side his broth­ers Tommy and Chris, and sis­ter Vir­ginia.

In 2000 the Em­manuel broth­ers played at the clos­ing cer­e­mony of the Syd­ney Olympics, and Phil was in­ducted into the Hands of Fame in the Aus­tralian Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Roll of Renown, also Aus­tralian Coun­try Mu­sic Hall of Fame, in 2011.

Per­form­ing along­side an ex­ten­sive list of the who’s who of the mu­sic in­dus­try span­ning mul­ti­ple gen­res, Phil’s col­lab­o­ra­tions in­cluded El­ton John, Eric Clap­ton, Hank B Marvin, Slim Dusty, Dolly Par­ton, Mid­night Oil, Jimmy Barnes and John Farn­ham.

His OAM comes a month after his death from an asthma at­tack at age 65, join­ing his brother Tommy who was made a mem­ber of the OAM in 2010. ANDREW

PHOTO: PETER CAR­RUTHERS

TOP VIEW: Looking north from the the sum­mit of Whit­sun­day Peak.

PHOTO: PAT­TIN­SON/VAMPP

GUI­TAR HERO: Phil Em­manuel on stage.

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