b. Robert Dies, 22 May 1909, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, d. 1984. Dyer arrived in Australia in 1937 as a hillbilly singer-comedian with a travelling show. A talented musician, he played banjo-ukulele, guitar and harmonica, but his musical talent was never really featured on his recordings. His first two recordings were made for Columbia Records in the UK in 1939, but he recorded nine further sides for Regal Zonophone Records in Sydney, Australia in August 1940. The material was perhaps more vaudeville than country and included ‘The Martins And The Coys’ and ‘I Never See Maggie Alone’. In the same year Dyer married Australian showgirl Dolly Mack (b. 1921, Australia, d. 25 December 2004, Gympie, Queensland, Australia). He was popular on the Australian country scene for some years before he later became a radio and television personality, as well as the presenter, with his wife, of the quiz show Pick-A-Box, that ran from 1957-71. Bob and Dolly were awarded a special Gold Logie to mark their contribution to the Australian television industry. After the show ended the Dyers retired to Queensland and concentrated on their love of deep-sea fishing.
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