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David Gordon “Slim Dusty ” Kirkpatrick AO, MBE (13 June 1927—19 September 2003) was an Australian music and producer, with a career spanning nearly eight decades. He was known to record songs in the legacy of Australian poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Patterson that represented the Australian Bush Lifestyle, and also for his many trucking songs. Dusty was the first Australian to have a No. 1 Hit song with Gordon Parsons (Pub With No Beer). He received an unequaled 37 Golden Guitar and two ARIA awards and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and the Country Music Roll of Renown. At the time of his death at the age of 76, Dusty had been working on his 106th album for EMI Records. In 2007 his domestic record sales in Australia surpassed seven million.

Over the course of his career, he collected more gold and platinum albums than any other Australian artist.
Dusty not only recorded songs written by himself and other fellow Australian performers, but also recorded classic Australian poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson with new tunes, to call attention to the old ‘Bush Ballads.’ An example is The Man from Snowy River by Paterson.

In 1970, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to music. In 1971 he won Best Single at the Australian Country Music Awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival (Slim’s wife Joy McKean won Song of the Year as writer of the song for which he won best single). In all, he won a record 35 “Golden Guitars” over the years.


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  • Banjo47

    Slim was and always will be the best! He wasn't "flashy' but he could pull tears out of a stone with the words of his songs taking you back to places, times and things you had done!

    16 Feb 2013 Reply
  • almerindo_lana

    Looks cool!

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • ChrisFallout

    Looking forward, looking back has got to be one of the saddest songs. Really sums up a lot to do with life. Most of his songs are catchy too in a c & w sort of way.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • zeralus

    come back Slim. All these poofter bastards haven't got a clue about c'n'w

    27 Feb 2012 Reply
  • borntodan

    Celebrating the Pub With No Beer Trilogy at

    5 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Shtef1

    I'm like the only listener from europe!

    11 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Trenna5

    top notch haha

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • PaulFromOz

    Slim <3

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • R3DAPPL3

    Great Artist =)

    18 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Lissof_leuf

    Such a sad, sad, sad songThat's what makes country great.

    24 Feb 2009 Reply
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  • Jims101

    Racked up a few nostalgic listens to Slim during Australia day celebrations with my fellow ex-pats over the weekend. Country music's not usually for me but the guy does remind you of home when you're a long way away...;)

    30 Jan 2008 Reply
  • FiatPanis

    The only reason I came Pubs, Trucks & Plains for free.. At least here in Norway he's not known at all..

    10 Sep 2007 Reply
  • honkynut

    It's possibly a bit of a comment on the demographics of subscribers, or internet users in general, for that matter. At the risk of possibly inciting some debate, I think it's a fairly safe observation that country music listeners, form a small minority of internet users. And likewise, internet users are small minority of country listeners. Bleh.. but how do you measure these things?

    7 Jan 2007 Reply
  • kev88au

    Wow, thought ol' dusty would have more entries then this *shrug* RIP buddy

    24 Sep 2006 Reply

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