Brother and sister Jurij and Tamara Osypenko were born to Ukranian parents in Germany after the Second World War. The family immigrated to South Australia in 1951 to Kingston-On-Murray. They took the stage name of “Ricky and Tammy”.
From an early age Ricky wanted to sing and play guitar.
1960 – Aged 11 Rick started guitar lessons with Rocky Page. Tammy began singing with Rick 6 months later. Encouraged by Rocky page they began performing in the local area.
1961 – Toured with Slim Dusty in Tasmania during their school holidays. It was Slim who suggested their stage names. Moved to Sydney at the invitation of Johnny Devlin.
1963 – Toured with show promoter Frank Foster along with other artists such as Tex Morton, Chad Morgan, The LeGarde Twins and Kevin Shegog. Toured for 4 1/2 years and covered over 200,000 kilometres.
Late 1960’s – Recorded four singles and an E.P. for the Sunshine Label. Returned to Sydney to perform on the club circuit.
1968 – Difficult to get work in Sydney so did two tours entertaining the troops in Vietnam.
1973 – After appearances on Reg Lindsay’s Country and Western Hour they were offered a regular spot on the Travelin’ Out West country program hosted by John Williamson from Newcastle and screened on 50 TV stations Australia wide. The program aired for 2 years. This program produced two albums featuring the shows regulars and resulted in the release of two albums on EMI by Ricky and Tammy- “Songs of Many Colours” and “Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye”.
1977 – Stopped working professionally after 16 years. Tammy had her first child and Ricky pursued a solo career.
1986 – South Australian Country Music Festival Awards- Inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Early 1980’s – Tammy and her husband had a restaurant on the Hawkesbury River and Ricky and Tammy began singing there on weekends.
1998 – Inducted into the Hands of Fame.