Here’s a little-known fact – Jurien Bay is home to the oldest performing musician in Australia, Brian ‘Buzzer’ Bitter. He is one of the most recognisable residents in Jurien Bay. At 85, he could also be mistaken for Father Christmas.
Buzzer, as he likes to be known, first stepped into the record studio with his guitar during the 1940s, with his musical ambitions really taking off in the 1990s.
“Some of the highlights? Well, let me see, I played at the Rooty Stadium in Sydney and have worked with Dusty Slim on numerous occasions.”
“I have made 120 recordings, it’s all country music, and that’s not bad for an old fella,” he says.
But why the name Buzzer?
“Buzzer was chosen by my dad who was a shearer. He’d say to me ‘where are you buzzing off to now?’ I was always going here, there and everywhere. The name just stuck.”
A former cattle worker, Buzzer came to Jurien in 1974 and bought his first house for $16,000.
“All my children still live here. Jurien Bay offers you everything you want.”
And Buzzer has experienced a bird’s eye view of the town on several occasions.
“I am a skydiver, I did one on my 80th with my wife Nan, the same year as our 50th wedding anniversary. I’ve skydived since then, what a terrific feeling.”
And what’s the secret to being so youthful?
“Just enjoy life, I have achieved more than I have ever wished. I can’t read music, never have been able too, however it hasn’t held me back and we can all learn something from that.”
After writing and publishing this blog sadly Buzzer passed away. RIP Buzzer