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The Rock-itt : July 2010
My first recollection of Slim Dusty was back in 1957 on a Sunday afternoon as a nine year old boy sitting next to my grandmother listening to the radio as she stitched up the tear in my grey flannel school trousers. The Sunday afternoon play had just finished and after the break, something about Palmolive soap, this acoustic sound accompanied by the heavily Aussie accented voice of Slim Dusty came lamenting through the tiny speaker of our Astor Mickey Radio. Every kid in the neighbourhood must have heard the song that afternoon because at school on Monday morning in the playground before assembly, we were all trying to remember the words to "A Pub with No Beer". He is and has been a household name for decades throughout Australia and was admired and respected by his country music peers worldwide. Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick, later taking on Slim Dusty as his career name, in the rural town of Kempsey, NSW, where Slim's family owned a dairy farm. Slim by the age of ten had fallen in love with country music and made a vow to himself that eventually he would make it his life. As slim grew into manhood his dream of being a Country and Western Star began to materialise and he found that his early days of living and working on the land had provided him with firsthand knowledge about the ordinary folk who were giving their all to scratch out a living and at the same time feeding the population of this great country. He began putting his knowledge and experience into words, writing songs and ballads that people could understand and relate to and soon the whole country began to sit up and take notice. But if anything put the name of Slim Dusty on the map it was his evergreen song which he penned in 1957 called "A Pub with No Beer", for which he received a gold record. "A Pub with No Beer" was one of countless songs which brought in awards for Slim. In fact over a span of sixty years, Slim won so many awards for his songs that he holds the Australian record for musical achievement awards even up to today. Slim over his life time received 37 Golden Guitar awards, 2 Arias, was inducted into the Aria Hall of Fame and The Australian Country Music Roll of Renown. Also Slim was recognized for his contribution to the Country Music Industry by being awarded an MBE and an Order of Australia in 1999. Slim's philosophy was simple, be honest and sincere about what you write and sing and endeavour to communicate with your audience as much as possible. Slim Dusty passed away in September 2003 at 76 years of age. Slim was a bigger than life Australian who we all grew to love and respect. He left a legacy in his music which has been written in indelible ink and is part of our Australian Folk Law. His music will endure the test of time and be played when and where ever country music folk get together. Thanks, Slim for your wonderful contribution to the Country Music industry here in Australia......... You were the greatest! COME AND JOIN OUR CLASSES FOR A FUN NEW WAY TO WORKOUT 9/236 HARBORD ROAD BROOKVALE NSW 2100 PH: 0406 500093