R.I.P Jimmy Little

(1 March 1937 – 2 April 2012)


The ARIA community is saddened by the passing of Jimmy Little on 2nd April 2012 at the age of 75, following a long illness.

Born James Oswald Little, he moved to Sydney in 1955 to pursue a music career and was one of the first artists to sign with Festival Records. He became the first Indigenous singer to have a top ten hit on the Australian music charts, with Royal Telephone in 1963.

He was a much-loved figure in the industry, working with Australian music icons such as Paul Kelly and Kasey Chambers’ Dead Ringer Band.

Little was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1999 and won Best Contemporary Album for ‘Messenger’ the same year.

ARIA would like to extend its heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Jimmy Little.


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