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Rex has always had a passion for the sound of a good acoustic guitar, and he bought his first guitar at the age of 15. That was in 1950, and it was some time before he was able to tune the guitar correctly, and finger his first chords, which he learnt from music books, and he was able to accompany himself on two songs by the time he entered his first talent quest in Dannevirke, in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. While he was unsuccessful in that competition, he did meet a couple who were in search of a vocalist for their Country group, so he joined The Ruahine Ramblers, and they did live radio broadcasts, dances, concerts, talent quests, and private bookings, until at one of those talent quests, Rex met and was won-over by Noelene Anderson, in May 1954, but it was the following year before they started seeing each other seriously, and they sang at their first public outing in November 1955. They began doing live radio shows, concerts, and talent quests (mainly as guest artists) and they released their first commercial record on the 19th of October 1956, a TANZA 78rpm. It was a coupling of 'Would you mind?' and 'I wonder where you are tonight', and it received much airplay, and it sold very well. In 1958, their second 78 was released, and this consisted of two of Rex's own songs, 'Oh why can't you say?' and 'Rocky Mountain Lullaby'. They then signed-up with Viking Records, and for the next few years, they were featured on several long-play records, EPs, and singles, and they even recorded a couple of albums and two 45rpm singles, for the Philips label, and there were composite albums they featured on also. Then the record industry went through some tough times, and in 1993, Rex and Noelene decided to record their first self-funded cassette recording called 'Out behind the barn', and have since followed that up, with another cassette, 'Trip to Paradise', and CDs 'The Radback on the toilet seat', 'Silver Bell', and now 'Loose Talk'. The world-renowned, major mail-order record company, BEAR FAMILY RECORDS made contact, and advised that they would like to release much of their early recorded material, so in 1999, they released the two CD set of Rex and Noelene, 'A REAL NEW ZEALAND COWBOY SONG', and 'UPON THE OUTLAW TRAIL' and to this day, they are the only artists in Australasia to record for this fantastic German label. They feel quite honoured. Rex and Noelene have appeared on several television shows over the years, sometimes Rex on his own, sometimes with both Rex and Noelene. They have toured around most of New Zealand, Tasmania, and parts of Australia, as well as Vanuatu, with Peter Posa, in 2001. They continue to sing at various venues when asked, but the music has always been a hobby, and they love every minute of it. They continue to promote the best in traditional Country Music, they set a very high standard, and in doing so, they have brought joy to a great deal of people all over the world. Loose Talk
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The Hands You're Holding Now (Feat. Noelene Franklin)
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
Turn Out the Light (And Love Me Tonight)
Everybody's Reaching Out for Someone (Feat. Noelene Franklin)
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I'll Be All Smiles Tonight
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