Guitar legend Phil Emmanuel dies suddenly in Parkes, aged 65

Guitar legend Phil Emmanuel dies suddenly in Parkes, aged 65 Guitar legend Phil Emmanuel has died in Parkes. He gave a star-studded performance at the Wall of Famers Show during the Parkes Elvis Festival in 2018. Photo: Christine Little
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Darcy and Phil Emmanuel with Darcy’s pooch Chelsea visiting the Parkes Champion Post office in September.

Robbie Porter (Rob EG) and Phil at the Parkes Wall of Fame at the start of 2018.

Phil and Tommy used to captivate audiences by showing off their skills – one particular show stopper involved the pair playing the one guitar, like this Maton MS500 at the same time. Pictured is Phil about 14 years old and Tommy was 11.

A 15-year-old Phil Emmanuel, who attended Parkes High School at the time.

When the family moved to Parkes they became the Trailblazers – from left in 1968-69 is Phil, Tommy and Chris Emmanuel and Frank Jones, the family’s school teacher who travelled on the road with them.

The Emmanuel brothers, Tommy and Phil’s names were placed on the Parkes Wall of Fame at the start of 2018. Phil (right) is pictured with Robie Porter (Rob EG).

Robie Porter (Rob EG) and Phil when the Emmanuel Brothers names were placed on the Parkes Wall of Fame at the start of 2018.

Guitar legend Phil Emmanuel performing in Parkes during the Elvis Festival earlier this year.

The Emmanuel brothers Tommy and Phil played two songs together at the 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival launch.

Bob Steel and Phil Emmanuel.

Josh Needs and Phil Emmanuel during the Parkes Elvis Festival.

Phil Emmanuel unveils the Emmanuel Brothers plaque on the Wall of Fame earlier this year.

Parkes woman Kim Oliver was thrilled to meet Phil Emmanuel.

Brothers Tommy and Phil Emmanuel pictured with a photo of their younger selves that hangs in the Parkes Champion Post office.

Josh Needs and Phil Emmanuel during the Parkes Elvis Festival.

Josh Needs and Phil Emmanuel during the Parkes Elvis Festival.

TweetFacebookHe didn’t chase the limelight, it chased him – but he got away,

Darcy Emmanuel

During his visit, Phil had shows planned for the Cootamundra Hotel on Friday night, a private function for friend Maureen Farr’s 60th birthday at the Railway Bowling Club, and a two hour concert at the Star Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

“Phil wanted to do a show at my favourite watering hole,” Darcy said.

“He wanted do it for those who were unable to make it to the Guitars of the Era concert he did at the Little Theatre during the afternoon on the Friday of this year’s Elvis Festival.

“He had heard that a few people couldn’t make it because they were working.”

Darcy said he has been in contact with his brothers Chris and Tommy, who is in London touring at the moment, and sister Veronica better known as Skeeta.

“We are all devastated,” Darcy said.

“This comes on top of the loss of our sister Virginia Grace on April 14, aged 69.

“Philip and Virginia were virtually joined at the hip and I don’t think either one would have been able to live without the other.”

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Darcy said Phil wasn’t one for a lot of attention.

“He didn’t chase the limelight, it chased him – but he got away,” Darcy said.

“I had a plaque made for him once, it read ‘the greatest lead guitarist the world has never seen’.

“I think he is probably most famous for playing the last post on guitar.

“People would just shake their heads when they heard it, I’ve seen veterans cry their eyes out.

“Phil would only play it at RSLs, not for anyone else, he did do it once for me though because I loved it so much.”

Darcy wishes to thank his good friends John Mason and Maureen Farr who were with him when Phil collapsed.

“I am so glad that I was not alone at the time,” Darcy said.

“John helped perform CPR while Maureen waited at the gate for the ambulance.”

“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the paramedics who went over and above and did such an amazing job.”

Phil is survived by his wife Amanda and his children Jesse Maree, Jamie-lee, Georgia Dee, Jackson and Marshall Travis.

The Emmanuel family ask for privacy at this difficult time.

– Parkes Champion Post

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