Barnes, Jimmy

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Barnes, Jimmy Gender: M
James Dixon Swan
born on 28 April 1956 at 16:30 (= 4:30 PM )
Place Glasgow, Scotland, 55n53, 4w15
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gerard
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 08°18' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 19°23 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 26°34'

Jimmy Barnes (2014)
photo: Eva Rinaldi, license cc-by-sa-2.0


Scottish-Australian rock singer-songwriter whose career both as a solo performer and as the lead vocalist with the rock band Cold Chisel has made him one of the most popular and best-selling Australian music artists of all time. The combination of 14 Australian Top 40 albums for Cold Chisel and 13 charting solo albums, including nine No. 1s, gives Barnes the highest number of hit albums of any Australian artist.

While in Canberra in November 1979 he met Jane Mahoney (born 1958 as Jane Dejakasaya, Bangkok, Thailand), the stepdaughter of an Australian diplomat. Barnes began a relationship with her and they started living together but in March 1980 she began to feel overwhelmed by the rock lifestyle and followed her family to Tokyo where her father was posted. Barnes wrote the song "Rising Sun" about this, which would appear on the album East. The pair married in Sydney on 22 May 1981 and Jane soon gave birth to their first child Mahalia, named after Mahalia Jackson, on 12 July 1982. The couple have four children (Mahalia, Eliza-Jane, Elly-May and Jackie), who formed the group Tin Lids, and Barnes had already fathered a son, singer David Campbell (b. 6 August 1973), who, due to the young age of his parents at the time of his birth, was being raised by his grandmother, but while Barnes maintained contact with him, Campbell did not become aware that Barnes was his father and not merely a family friend until the mid-1980s. On 27 September 2010, it was revealed that Barnes has two adult daughters he had never previously met.

On 1 October 2016 Barnes released his autobiography, "Working Class Boy."

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Turner, Tina (born 26 November 1939). Notes: Released a duet version of "Simply The Best"
  • friend relationship with Szubanski, Magda (born 12 April 1961). Notes: Szubanski is godparent to one of Barnes' children


  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 6 August 1973 (Birth of son, David)
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  • Social : Joined group 12 December 1973 (Started Cold Chisel)
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  • Relationship : Meet a significant person 29 November 1979 at 4:00 PM in Canberra (Met future wife Jane Mahoney)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 22 May 1981 (Jane Mahoney, nee Dejakasaya, b. 13 January 1958)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 12 July 1982 (Birth of daughter, Mahalia)
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  • Social : Joined group 12 December 1983 (Cold Chisel disbanded)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 22 December 1984 (Birth of daughter, Eliza-Jane)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 4 February 1986 (Birth of son, Jackie)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 3 May 1989 (Birth of daughter, Elly-May)
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  • Work : Prize 23 October 2005 (Inducted into ARIA Hall of Fame)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 18 September 2009 (Birth of granddaughter, Ruby, to Mahalia)
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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1 October 2016 (Autobiography, "Working Class Boy")
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield requested the data from Caroline Gerard who quotes birth certificate, October 2002. Scholfield notes that Barnes gives 4pm in his autobiography "Working Class Boy" (HarperCollins, 2016), p. 12: "I was born James Dixon Swan at four o'clock in the afternoon on 28 April 1956."


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Abuse Alcohol
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Neglect
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Seven)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Fundraiser
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Rags to riches
  • Personal : Religion/Spirituality : Eastern (Buddhist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Group/ Duo (Cold Chisel)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Guitar, harmonica)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc. (Rock singer)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer ("Working Class Boy")
  • Notable : Awards : Hall of Fame (ARIA Hall of Fame)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession