“I WANT to use my talent, everything that I am, to tell people about high ideals and better living.”

This was Jimmy Little speaking to me as we relaxed together in his home at Balmain, Sydney.

A professional singer for the past twelve years, Jimmy Little, the true Australian artist of aboriginal parentage, is in the top bracket as a TV and recording star. Jimmy made his mark with the song “Royal Telephone.” It came out around the same time as the unique spiritual telephone community service “Dial-a-Prayer” was launched. This service sponsored by Seventh-day Adventists is now Australia and New Zealand wide, and is listed in Telephone Service pages.

Jimmy has made a number of albums on Festival recordings – songs that include “Never Walk Alone,” “Trees,” “Beyond The Sunset,” and “Whispering Hope.”

Singing, he says, was a part of their family life, “and Mum and Dad endeavoured to teach us to choose the best.”

Jimmy only sings for one purpose – to get a message across. “Communication is important to me, I plan to get across. I want to be able to sing and sing until people are ready to listen to me speak.”

“Fans build a daydream around artists. That is why I want to live so that people will be able to say, ‘I want to be like Jimmy Little.’ I want to be an example, that’s why I choose not to drink or smoke; that’s why I’m a Christian,” he explained.

“A purpose for living is the answer to most people’s problems, especially the aboriginal liquor problem. I have always recognized Someone greater than myself. They need a spiritual experience, otherwise the pressures and difficulties of life will overcome them,” he added.

As we parted Jimmy gave this last thought: “Regardless of race, colour or creed, liquor is unnecessary and a dangerous enjoyment.” We congratulate him for his convictions and appreciate his example of better living.

Reprinted from Alert Magazine, January 1 1966

Edited by Ernest H J Steed

About The Author

C S Hughes

C S Hughes is a proud member of the TV generation, studied film and communications, collects the paperback books of Philip K Dick, loves science fiction and fantasy books, B grade movies and cult TV, American thrillers and British noir, restoring vintage watches, reading poetry, creating innovative illustrated poetry books which are available in Apple’s iBooks format, and cake. Especially cake. He has also written short stories, and has a collection of horror stories coming out in 2015.

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