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The Le Garde Twins

Tom and Ted were born in Mackay, Queensland. By the time they were 17, they were the youngest professional riders in rodeos and began developing their interest in showmanship, including whip cracking, rifle-shooting and card tricks.

In 1950, they were signed to the fledgling Rodeo label and released well-performing five singles. The LeGardes were billed as “Australia’s Yodelling Stockmen” and in 1952 they signed with the prestigious Regal-Zonophone label and released a string of singles. The also joined Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd) on his 1954 Australian tour.

In 1957, they moved to Hollywood, where they hosted their own TV series. The following year, the moved to Nashville and recorded and released a string of records, including Freight Train Yodel, Baby Sitter, Rock And Roll That Hula Hoop and Cooee Call, which they performed on the Grand Ole Opry.

The LeGardes Twins moved back to Australia in 1963, continuing to make albums and and began shows bringing Marty Robbins, Speedy West and Lorne Greene. They began recording for Columbia and cut three albums, Ballads of Bushlan, Twincerely Yours, and Songs of Slim and Dusty. They also began emceeing two Country music shows, Studio A, which was built around them, and Country Style which they took over. By 1965 their business interests had come to an end and they moved back to the U.S.

For a while the LeGarde Twins were managed by legendary Elvis manager Colonel Tom Parker and appeared in Las Vegas. They also appeared in the Star Trek series as androids in the episode Planet Mud.
On 1987, the LeGarde Twins imprinted their hands in Tamworth’s Hands of Fame, being recognised as significant contributors to the history of Australian Country Music.

During the 80’s, The LeGarde Twins became very popular in Britain, appearing at the Wembley Festival and 1988 hosting one of the concerts.

In recent years, the LeGarde Twins have operated their own LeGarde Twins Country Music Theatre out of Twitty City in Hendersoneville, Tennessee. With the death of Conway Twitty and sale of Twitty City, the Legarde Twins relocated their theatre to the Quality Inn Hall of Fame Hotel close to Nashville’s Music Row.

In 2009, Tom LeGarde made contact with Australia’s Country Music Channel, giving him a thumbnail sketch about the legendary unaired “Country Style” program, which was filmed in 1964 in Sydney. In January 2011, “Country Style” had its world TV premiere on CMC. In October 2012, another unaired program hosted by the twins “Down Home, Down Under” will have its world premier on CMC Foxtel.

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