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PHIL AND HIS MUMPHIL PLAYING GUITAR AS A CHILDEMMANUEL FAMILY AS KIDS WITH MUM VIRGINIAPHIL DARCY AND TOMMY OUTSIDE GRACELANDS PARKES FOR INDUCTION LAUNCHTOMMY AND PHIL PLAYING LIVE AT GRACELANDS PARKES FOR INDUCTION LAUNCH

PHIL EMMANUEL

1952 - 2018

Phil Emmanuel

Phil passed away on the 24 May 2018 surrounded by family in Parkes.

He was a world-famous guitarist (mainly the electric guitar), with the nicknames The Whiz & Blade Master. He was a fan of Hank B Marvin and The Shadows. After his schooling finished Phil went to Sydney and did a gig (a performance) for American ex-servicemen at the Texas Tavern in Kings Cross. After performing in "Goldrush" Phil went on to perform with many famous musicians and then a solo career. Some of those famous musos were Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, Hank B Marvin, Slim Dusty, James Morrison, Lee Kernaghan, Dolly Parton, Midnight Oil, John Farnham, Ian Moss and lots more. Phil was extremely versatile at any guitar and in any form, a master especially at the electric guitar. He conducted master classes from time to time and was known for donating his time & talent for a good cause. In 1991 Phil won an Australian Country Music Award (The Hands of Fame Award). He was inducted into Parkes` Wall of Fame (along with his brother Tommy) 10 January 2018 at 2pm by Robie Porter (musician). He lived in Australia.

Phil`s funeral was attended by many family members, friends, musicians and the wider community. Darcy Phil`s brother`s statement:

Well today went unbelievably well, I thought it was an incredible send off attended by a variety of people from babies to pensioners and all in between. You never seen so many diehard rockers in one place, or Willie Nelson`s for that matter. I wore my 68 Comback Special ELVIS shirt and represented Middleton & Parkes with pride. I`ll be coming home a hell of a lighter as the world was lifted off my shoulders, and I don`t have to carry this HEAVY HEART anymore. I must thank everyone for their support, the well wishes and the kindness that has been shown to me and "Chelsea".

For more on Phil, and his family`s tribute and wishes please google the following:

Phil Emmanuel and go to the official website. Note that you can leave comments.

The Parkes and District Historical Society would like to pass on our thoughts and prayers to all the Emmanuel Family.

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