He performed "Waltzing Matilda", a very famous song in Australia, at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.

Dusty's 1957 hit "A Pub with No Beer" was the biggest-selling record by an Australian to that time, the first Australian single to go gold and the first and only 78 rpm record to be awarded a gold disc. In 2004, Tamworth hosted the "Concert for Slim" as a memorial tribute featuring more than 30 Australian musical artists including Joy McKean, Paul Kelly, Keith Urban, Lee Kernaghan and Kasey Chambers. At the age of 10 he heard an Aborigine sing a song called 'The Drunkard's Child,' and he was so impressed, that he wrote his first song, 'The Way The Cowboy Died,' the same year. David Gordon Kirkpatrick, an Australian country music legend who performed for nearly seven decades, died on Sept. 12 from cancer at age 76.

"Senior Australian of the Year", 1999 award by the Australian government. Dusty and his wife were patrons of the National Truck Drivers' Memorial located in Tarcutta, New South Wales.

The singer/songwriter, who performed with just a guitar and his trademark cowboy hat, signed his first recording contract in 1946. At the age of 10 he wrote his first song, The Way The Cowboy Dies, and a year later renamed himself Slim Dusty.

Country singer Slim Dusty, whose recording of the song... "Royal Australian Mint celebrates the life of Slim Dusty with a 1 Dollar coin", "The Slim Dusty Centre Project. A year later he changed his name to Slim Dusty and later went on to record a string of hits including The Pub With No Beer the biggest selling record by an Australian. Dusty had a Floribunda Rose named in his honour, which is a Golden Orange Coppery toned bloom, reminiscent of the Australian Outback, that he often wrote and sang about.
Legendary country music entertainer Slim Dusty has died. Wrote his first song at the age of 10 Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick in 1927 in Kempsey, on the NSW mid-north coast, he wrote his first song The Way the Cowboy Dies at the age of 10.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard said Dusty had created a distinctive Australian brand of country music. Although the singer/songwriter signed his first recording contract in 1946, it took another 12 years before his career … He was known to record songs in the legacy of Australia, particularly of bush life and renowned Australian bush poets Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson that represented the lifestyle. “We’ll always remember that special style, epitomised really by A pub with no beer, Howard said. Dusty passed away at his home at 9.46am today after a protracted battle with cancer, EMI marketing manager Chris O'Hearne said. One of those was when the now-queen of country music, Kasey Chambers, arrived at her first ARIA awards where she won her first award. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. He went on to become one of Australia's most prolific recording artists, with album sales of more than five million.

[1] He received an unequalled 45 Golden Guitar and an Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) award.
He died at his home in St Ives, New South Wales, on 19 September 2003 at the age of 76 after a protracted battle with lung and kidney cancer. [2] His earliest musical influences included the American Jimmie Rodgers, New Zealander Tex Morton and Australia's own Buddy Williams. In 1964 the annual Slim Dusty Australia-round tour, a 48,280 kilometres (30,000 mi) journey that went on for ten months, was started.

Dusty went on to be one of the most prolific and biggest selling recording artists in Australia, with more than 100 albums and a total of five million in sales. The general manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, Bob Whitaker, invited Dusty and his wife to perform in 1997, recognising 50 years contributing to country music. Dusty had his left kidney removed after a cancerous tumour was detected in November 2001 and received continuous treatment.

"In some ways it's going to be like the loss of a father ... there were always the moments that reflected that.". "He was still making albums that won awards, he was still making albums that were selling large numbers of copies, he was still a very active and competitive country music performer," Mr Baker said. In all, he won a record 37 "Golden Guitars" over the years. Slim Dusty died on the 19th of September 2003, aged 76. Add articles to your saved list and come back to them any time. He said the legacy of the singer was a very distinctive Australian brand of country music. [31][32][33], The King of Pop Awards were voted by the readers of TV Week. All rights reserved.Billboard is part of MRC Media and Info, a division of MRC. “He was so intrinsically and unapologetically Australian,” music historian Glenn Baker said of the star. Registered in Ireland: 523712.

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