AUSTRALIA MOURNS THE LOSS OF
A STATE funeral will be
held for Slim Dusty at 10.30am this Friday, September 26, 2003 at St Andrews
Cathedral in Sydney.
particularly the Australian music industry, is mourning the loss of its
greatest name Slim Dusty the King of Australian Country Music.
Slim died at home in Sydney at 9.10am today in the company of his wife and
soulmate Joy McKean and his two children, Anne and David, after a lengthy
battle with cancer.
For all his life, Slimıs passion for Australia was reflected in the songs he
sang about people and places all over the continent. With his wife, Joy
McKean, Slim travelled millions of kilometres with his country music show,
taking their music to every corner of the nation from major cities to remote
Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick on June 13, 1927, at Kempsey, NSW, the
superstar-to-be called himself ³Slim Dusty² for the first time at just 11
years of age in 1938. He wrote his first song The Way The Cowboy Dies
the year before that and made his first, self-funded, recording just four
years later in 1942... Song For The Aussies and My Final Song... little
could he have known what was to be his destiny over the next 60 years as he
became one of the nationıs best known personalities and one of the most
awarded Australians ever.
Slim was the first Australian to receive a Gold Record (still the only 78
rpm gold record in existence in this country), the first Australian to have
an international record hit, and the first singer in the world to have his
voice beamed to earth from space in 1983.
In his amazing career, Slim won 36 Golden Guitars (an achievement unlikely
ever to be equalled), more Gold and Platinum Record Awards than any other
Australian artist, Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Awards,
including induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame, video sales Platinum and
Gold Awards, an MBE and Order of Australia for his services to
entertainment, and he was one of the earliest inducted to the Country Music
Roll of Renown.
Slim achieved national and international success in 1957 with his worldwide
hit single A Pub With No Beer which became the first official Gold record
achieved in Australia. And many famous songs and recordings followed right
up to 2000 when he released his landmark 100th album Looking Forward Looking
Back. This year Slim celebrated his 60th anniversary as a recording artist,
all of them with EMI, amassing an amazing catalogue of 106 albums with
estimated career sales of some six million, more than any other Australian
in this country.
Slim Dusty played an active role in the Australian country music industry.
In 1992 he was one of a small group who formed the Country Music Association
of Australia becoming its founding President, serving in that position until
his retirement in 2001.
In a special tribute, CMAA President John Williamson said Slim Dusty was a
true Australian legend, a pioneer and would be sorely missed by Australiaıs
country music family and his mountain of fans. See detailed statement
Australia salutes Slim Dusty an outstanding Australian a man who has
helped shape the face and character of our nation.
Slim Dusty was a true Australian legend. He was a pioneer and will be sorely
missed by Australia's country music family and his mountain of fans.
With Buddy Williams, Stan Coster and now the King of Country Music gone it
is nearing the end of an era in Australian folklore. Smoky Dawson is still
with us, and so is Chad Morgan and Shorty Ranger. Men who have been known as
much for their hats as their music, and their hillbilly tags.
Slim was the voice that kept the link with "Banjo" and Henry Lawson. He was
the star that our bush ballad writers could sing through. He was "the keeper
of the flame" that crackled on a gidgee campfire. He sailed through the rock
'n' roll era that nearly stole our identity. And when we sing Waltzing
Matilda we will think of Slim around the campfire, outside the caravan that
brought country music over gravel and dirt roads to all bush Australians. He
was God to itinerant workers and truck drivers. He was God in aboriginal
What kept him going? I guess it was his love of recording another song and
travelling with it around a wonderful land; the addiction I know only too
Slim's intensely competitive nature I'm sure came from the old days. From
the in-the-face battle between tents at the showgrounds, where success was
measured by drawing a bigger crowd than the bloke down the line.
Slim showed me the strength of a simple Aussie ballad. No frills. As pure
and as straight to the point as the characters he sang about. And in my
opinion we must make sure we never lose the essence of how we describe true
And to Joy McKean, the woman behind him; she will always be the tower that
supported the icon. I hope she continues to write great songs like "Lights
on the Hill". For she too, is an icon to be recognised. My heart is most
heavy for her and the family.
I know Slim would love me to
say, on his behalf, Happy Campfires.
We'll miss you mate.
legend Slim Dusty dies
Legendary country music entertainer Slim Dusty has died.
Dusty passed away at his home at 9.46am (AEST)
19th September 2003 after a protracted battle with cancer, EMI marketing
manager Chris O'Hearne told AAP.
Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick at Kempsey, on the NSW mid-north coast, in
1927, he wrote his first song The Way the Cowboy Dies at the age of 10.
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
He was the first Australian to receive a Gold Record, the first to have an
international record hit, and the first singer in the world to have his
voice beamed to earth from space.
In June this year, Dusty was recording
his 106th album and at the time his management denied he was battling
Dusty had his left kidney removed after a cancerous tumour was detected in
November 2001 and received continuous treatment.
His wife Joy, son David and daughter Anne were at his bedside when the
76-year-old singer passed away at his home in Sydney, Mr O'Hearne said.
THE SLIM Dusty Heritage
Centre project at Kempsey has been officially handed over to the newly
established Slim Dusty Foundation.
Foundation Chairman Doug Thompson, accepted the Deed for the Slim
Dusty Museum Trust Fund at the site of the proposed Museum, Kempsey
Showground, on Saturday.
The Deed was presented by Chairman of Macleay Valley Community
Projects Reg Brain.
"(We are) proud to have assisted in the development of this project
from the initial stages, to the point of a completed architectural
concept design." he said.
Doug Thompson said: "Kempsey is very lucky to be the beneficiaries of
the generous donation of memorabilia from the Slim Dusty family, and
the Foundation is also very fortunate to take on a project that has
such sound beginnings and overwhelming local support. We are all very
honoured to be a part of the Kempsey Slim Dusty project story, and
look forward to more exciting progress in the coming months".
Newly appointed General Manager of the Slim Dusty Foundation, and
former Project Manager, Kathryn Yarnold, believes the involvement of
the Foundation at this stage will be crucial to ongoing success.
"The Foundation is a resolute mix of representatives from the Dusty
family, the Macleay Valley, and a cross section of skills from many
business and community sectors," she said.
"With Slim's wife, Joy McKean as Deputy Chair, and son David
Kirkpatrick as the alternative Deputy Chair, together with daughter
and country music talent Anne Kirkpatrick as a Director, the family's
strong dedication to the project is clear. It is essential that the
family are heavily involved and we are thrilled to have them on board
at this level."
Slim has recently purchased back his boyhood family home at Nulla
Nulla, with the intention to eventually open it up to the public as a
tour link to the Museum in Kempsey. "This is our way of giving back to
my home town and it almost feels like a homecoming," Slim said.
"We're looking forward to spending more time at the Nulla now, and
seeing how the new cattle go on the property."
In addition to Chairman Doug, Slim Dusty Foundation Directors include
radio announcer and sports commentator Ray Hadley, Business Affairs
Director with EMI Louis Calleja, lawyer Peter Townsend, accountant
David Sieff and former Vice President of the Country Music Association
of Australia Max Ellis.
The Board also has a solid representation from the Macleay Valley
Community Project Steve Read, Les Partell, Kevin Farrawell and Gwen
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2006 -Slim, who is still one of the biggest current selling artists in
the nation some two and a half years after his death.
record sales have passed seven million
Released March 11 2006 - Slim
Dusty Live CD and DVD packages portraying Slim onstage, arms
outstreched one hand holding guitar receiving applause from his fans.
The DVD features previously unseen performances at the Mike Walsh
Richmond Regent Theatre in 1987 and a 1992 concert in Geelong.
Slim's wife, Joy McKean as
Part of the Macleay River
AUSTRALIA'S KING of
Country Music Slim Dusty is to have a major road from his hometown of
Kempsey (NSW) named after him. "The Slim Dusty Way."
The local Kempsey Shire Council has decided to
name part of the Kempsey to Armidale Road, from the Pacific Highway at
Kempsey west, following Belgrave, Elbow and River Streets to the
heritage-listed village of Bellbrook, "The Slim Dusty Way."
Slim said "I am indeed
proud and truly honoured to know that the road I walked as a child will
always carry the name Slim Dusty"
SLIM DUSTY MUSEUM MOVES
From CMAA Web Site
NSW PREMIER Bob Carr joined country
music legend Slim Dusty and his wife Joy McKean at State Parliament recently
to announce the appointment of the design team for the proposed Slim Dusty
Heritage Centre at Kempsey.
Mr Carr also announced further State
Government support for the project with assistance towards establishment of
a dedicated website for the project.
The state-of-the-art museum to be
built in Slim's home town of Kempsey on the Mid North Coast would be
dedicated to his life and his music.
Tony Sattler and Craig Pattinson of the
Wintergreen Arcoessence Group (the same team responsible for creating
Sydney's much acclaimed Mary McKillop Museum) will design the Slim Dusty
Heritage Centre. Once built, the museum would create up to 18 direct jobs
for the local area and boost local tourism.
It is planned to include a museum
featuring Slim Dusty memorabilia, a retail section and dining facilities, an
entertainment venue to host some of Australia's best country music talent;
and a state-of-the-art recording studio.
Mr Carr said that EMI Australia, which
had a long history with Slim Dusty, would also provide sponsorship for the
project. "This is a fitting tribute for Kempsey's hometown hero," he said.
"The Centre will not only honour and pay tribute to Slim and his
achievements, it will inject millions of tourist dollars to the Mid North
During the announcement, Slim presented
Mr Carr with a signed copy of his latest album Travelling Still...
Always Will and his pictorial book "On The Road With Slim" and
acknowledged the State Government and EMI's support for the project.
"I'm a Kempsey boy," he said. "I was
born there and it's where it all started for me. I did my very first
professional performance at the Kempsey showground way back in 1944. Joy and
I appreciate the Carr Government's support, and feel it is very fitting to
also see the great team at EMI step in so early on. We are all very excited
about the future of the project and confident in the architects' ability to
design something exceptional, and now with EMI's help, it will become
(Awarded an honorary doctorate by Western
Australia's Edith Cowan University
in recognition of his contribution to
Australian music over six decades)
SLIM DUSTY swapped his
trademark bush hat for a mortarboard as he was awarded an honorary doctorate
by Western Australia's Edith Cowan University in recognition of his
contribution to Australian music over six decades, reports The West
"This award recognises
Slim's lifetime service to music by capturing and epitomising the spirit and
history of Australia in such a rich vein of bush ballads," said University
Vice-Chancellor Professor Millicent Poole.
The University made
special arrangements to allow Slim to wear his bush hat throughout the
graduation ceremony and to swap if for a mortarboard when he was presented
with the award. The 350 faculty of business and public management graduates
and guests were given a rare glimpse of Slim without his bush hat and a
performance of When the Rain Tumbles Down in July."
fits: Slim tries his mortarboard for size but keeps a firm grip on his
trademark bush hat after the presentation of his honorary doctorate in
music. Picture: Greg Burke, The West Australian.
- A painting of the house that Slim
grew up in at Nulla Nulla Creek
- with a signed album by Slim.
This was auctioned at the Newcastle Steel City Festival 2005
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