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George Xanthos

An Adeliade born steel guitarist.

Steel Guitar Legend & Band Member Australia’s ‘Hawking Bros’ George Xanthos Leaves Many Memories

Of Greek parents he became interested in the Hawaiian guitar at a very early age.

His first guitar was bought at 'The Adelaide College Of Music' by his mother and at the age of twelve he went to the Adelaide College of Music to learn guitar.

He was an avid fan of Tex Morton.

From 1948 to 1951 Xanthos had his own Hawiian group that included Tui Hamilton and Bruce Clark.

In 1952 he headed a group called 'The Trailblazers' in Victoria.

He would later go on to back The Hawking Brothers band The Hawks' which lasted for 30 years.

In later years George became distributor for the Emmons Guitar Company and the annualsteel guitar convention in Melbourne, Victoria.

George Xanthos died early this morning in Melbourne after a long illness.

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