Sydney, September 19, 2003. File – Australian country legend Slim Dusty, 74, performs a one-off concert before a sell-out crowd of faithfuls at Tamworth’s Town Hall January 22, 2002. Dusty passed away at his home this morning after a protracted battle with cancer (AAP Image/Peter Lorimer)
Celebrated as a “typical Aussie”, the iconic Australian country music singer has today been celebrated by Google’s doodle.
Slim Dusty was an Australian country music singer songwriter who recorded over his career released more than 100 albums and has sold over seven million copies of those during a career spanning nearly 70 years. Google wrote “Today’s Doodle celebrates the Australian icon being awarded the Outstanding Achievement award at the ARIA music awards in 2000.”
David (Slim Dustry) Kirkpatrick was born in the town of Kempsey, New South Wales, located about 400 kilometres north of the Sydney CBD and 400 kilometres south of the Brisbane CBD and was raised on his family farm in nearby Nulla Nulla Creek.
As a young boy he dreamed of being a country singer and at the ripe old age of 10, he wrote his very first song called, “The Way the Cowboy Dies”, and at only 11, Then David, decided his future name was to be “Slim Dusty”, which he thought was better suited to a country singing cowboy.
Slim Dusty went onto be the first ever singer to have his voice sent to earth from space when astronauts in the spaceship Columbia beamed Slim’s voice singing “Waltzing Matilda” back to earth as they orbited over Australia which is the song he sang to close the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
He also went onto win multiple Gold and Platinum record awards and 38 Golden Guitars (which is the highest awards given to country musicians). Amongst his other plethora of awards, including becoming A National Treasure which is voted by the Australian public, Slim was amongst the first to be inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
In tribute to Slim, The Royal Australian Mint minted a coin to celebrate his decorated life and in 2015 in his hometown of Kempsey, the Slim Dusty Centre and Museum was opened.
Sydney, September 26, 2003. Slim Dusty on the big screen looking down at mourners outside St Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney today, while his state funeral was taking place inside the cathedral. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING
His daughter Anne Kirkpatrick, assisted Goggle with their project to celebrate the icon and said that, “
He was happiest on the road touring with his band, collecting, writing and recording great songs and, in his downtime, going fishing!”
Adding that “Slim Dusty was my dad, and while I shared much of him with Australia and thousands around the world, we wouldn’t have had it any other way.”
Slim Dusty: Today’s Google Doodle – Who is Slim Dusty? A ‘land down under’ legend and country singer star
Today’s Google Doodle honours Slim Dusty, the original Slim before ‘Slim Shady’ who is considered the “father of Australian country music” – but who is Slim Dusty, and why is he so famous? Here’s everything you should know about the Aussie legend.
Today’s Google Doodle commemorates the late but ever-great Australian country singer Slim Dusty. David Gordon Kirkpatrick (Slim Dusty) was born in Kempsey in New South Wales in Australia on June 13, 1927 and he went on to become an icon in the country music scene.
He released his first song entitled “The Way the Cowboy Dies” when he was only 10 years old back in 1937 which set the foundation for a long and successful career in music – he later adopted ‘Slim Dusty’ since it felt more apt for the singing cowboy aesthetic.
Who is Slim Dusty?
Referred to as a “typical Aussie” by many, Slim Dusty is the Australian country music singer that has been celebrated in a Google Doodle today. Born in northern New South Wales in the coastal town of Kempsey in 1937, he was raised on a dairy farm in Nulla Nulla Creek as the son of a cattle farmer.
As a country music singer, Slim Dusty’s appeal lay within his talent for storytelling in song – he boasted a huge repertoire of Australian “bush ballads” such as ‘G’Day G’day, Duncan’ and ‘A Pub With No Beer’ which was his best selling record.
What is Slim Dusty’s real name?
Slim Dusty’s original name is David Gordon Kirkpatrick. He later updated it to Slim Dusty as his stage name at age 11 after he released his very first cowboy track ‘The Way the Cowboy Dies’ just one year before.
Why is Slim Dusty famous?
“It’s a long way from Nulla Creek to be walking out with your guitar and singing ‘Waltzing Matilda’ at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics.”
These were the words of Slim Dusty’s daughter Anne Kirkpatrick, referring to the journey Slim made from his humble farm origins to being a world-famous artist over his 76 years. In his career Slim recorded over one hundred albums, sold over seven million albums and won 38 Golden Guitar country music awards.
He was also inducted to the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and has a coin pressed in his honour by the Royal Australian Mint. The awards didn’t stop there, however, as he also was recognised as father of the year, senior Australian of the year, artist of the decade, the Australia Council’s achiever of the year and he became an Officer of the Order in Australia in 1998.
Aside from this prestige, his iconic style also garnered him attention and he wore his iconic cowboy hat even when he met Queen Elizabeth II in Brisbane in 1992. “He was granted permission to keep his hat on, as acknowledgement of how much the hat was a part of Slim Dusty,” the Slim Dusty Centre said.
When did Slim Dusty die?
Slim Dusty died of Kidney cancer at the age of 76 on September 19, 2003. It was said that he peacefully passed away at his Sydney home accompanied by his wife Joy, son David and daughter Anne at his bedside. In his honour a state funeral was held to celebrate his legacy which was attended by Australian leaders including Prime Minister John Howard, opposition leader Simon Crean and Queensland premier Peter Beattie.
In Slim’s later years, he wrote on the front cover of a book of Henry Lawson poems he called his Bible of the Bush that was gifted to him by his wife, “All my dreams and ambitions are basically fulfilled”. His daughter said: “That was the dream of an 11-year-old kid to become Slim Dusty, a kid of immense raw talent and drive who met a kindred spirit in my mother. Together they made his dream come true. Our family is immensely proud of what he achieved.”
Slim Dusty’s Life and Career Celebrated With Google Doodle
Slim Dusty is getting the Google Doodle treatment.
The late country great today (Oct. 24) features on Google’s homepage, a cartoon image of the Aussie singer, songwriter and guitarist switching out the search engine’s logo around the globe until midnight.
Born David Kirkpatrick in Kempsey, NSW, and raised on his family farm in nearby Nulla Nulla Creek, Slim got started in music early.
He penned his first song, “The Way the Cowboy Dies”, at the age of 10, and the following year, decided on “Slim Dusty,” a stage name “much better suited to a singing cowboy,” reads a statement from Google.
His signature song, 1957’s “The Pub With No Beer,” written by his mate, Gordon Parsons, was a top 10 hit in the U.K., peaking at No. 3 in 1959, and is said to be the first gold-certified record in Australia.
The prolific artist recorded over 100 albums, sold over 7 million albums, and has won 38 Golden Guitar country music awards.
He was inducted into the ARIA Hall Of Fame in 1988, during the inaugural ceremony, and had a coin pressed in his honour by the Royal Australian Mint.
Awards poured in during his lifetime. He was appointed father of the year; senior Australian of the year; artist of the decade; the Australia Council’s achiever of the year, and made an Officer of the Order in Australia in 1998.
Dusty has also been the subject of a feature film, 1984’s The Slim Dusty Movie, the Slim Dusty Centre and Museum in Kempsey opened its doors to the public in 2015, and, in 2020, the Universal Pictures documentary Slim & I arrived, a feature-length retelling of Joy McKean’s decades-long partnership with Slim.
“It’s a long way from Nulla Creek to be walking out with your guitar and singing ‘Waltzing Matilda’ at the closing ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympics,” comments Slim’s daughter Anne Kirkpatrick.
“The list of awards and accolades is astonishing enough, however, perhaps more importantly, I saw how Slim Dusty and his music became woven into the fabric of people’s lives. His music lives on.”
She continues, “He was happiest on the road touring with his band, collecting, writing and recording great songs and, in his downtime, going fishing.”
Dusty died Sept. 19, 2003 at the age of 76, following a two-year battle with cancer.
Dusty is the latest in a line of influential and inspirational artists recognised with a “Doodle,” a list that includes late EDM star Avicii (Tim Bergling), late Cuban star Celia Cruz, classical music singer and actress Begum Akhtar, and Beatles co-founder John Lennon.
Google Celebrates Slim Dusty With ‘Doodle’
The prolific artist who recorded more than 100 albums, and whose trophy cabinet is equally impressive, is immortalized with a Google Doodle.
The illustration of a cheery chap with the Akubra hat and acoustic guitar staring out from Google’s homepage today (Oct. 24) is none other than Slim Dusty, the late Australian country music icon.
The prolific artist who recorded more than 100 albums, and whose trophy cabinet is equally impressive, is immortalized with a Google Doodle, which “celebrates the lives of famous artists, pioneers” and more.
Dusty fits the bill. He’s a national treasure in his homeland, selling an estimated seven million records during his lifetime, and earning induction into the ARIA Hall of Fame at the very first ceremony, in 1988.
Born David Kirkpatrick in Kempsey, New South Wales, and raised on his family farm in nearby Nulla Nulla Creek, Slim pursued his love of music from a young age. At 10, he wrote his very first song, “The Way the Cowboy Dies”, then, the following year, settled on a new stage name, “Slim Dusty,” having briefly considered “Buddy Bluebird.”
By the age of 15, Dusty had made his first self-funded recording. He would later sign with Columbia Graphophone Records, where he remained for the rest of his career.
Dusty’s 1957 recording “A Pub with No Beer”, written by his friend, Gordon Parsons, was a top 10 hit in the U.K., peaking at No. 3 in 1959. At the time, it was considered the best-selling song recorded by an Australian, and Slim was awarded the first gold record presented in Australia.
The awards kept coming, and Slim kept touring. He clocked up more miles than some airlines, touring his own Slim Dusty Show in which he and his wife Joy McKean were supported by guest artists including Chad Morgan, Johnny Ashcroft and Gordon Parsons.
“I adored my dad. I was lucky and thankful to spend weeks and months with him touring all around Australia with the Slim Dusty Show as I was growing up,” writes Slim’s daughter, Anne Kirkpatrick, for the Google Doodle project.
“As I followed my own path in the music game, I’d still drop in on the family show like a bird flying home to the nest. The magic of his raw talent as a singer and performer had to be seen and heard to be believed and I still believe he has one of the most recognizable voices in Australia.”
Along the way, he won 38 Golden Guitars (the Country Music Awards of Australia’s annual awards night), and was awarded the outstanding achievement award at the ARIA Awards in 2000, the same year he performed “Waltzing Matilda” at the closing ceremony of Sydney Olympics.
Earlier, in 1998, he was appointed an Officer of the Order in Australia for “services to entertainment.” In 2001 he was featured on an Australia Post “Legend” stamp, and the Australian Mint has pressed a coin with his image.
Dusty’s life and his annual Australia-wide tours were the backbone of the 1984 biopic The Slim Dusty Movie. His career was brought into focus once more for the 2020 documentary Slim & I. Today, fans can visit the Slim Dusty Centre in his hometown.
Dusty died Sept. 19, 2003 at the age of 76. “He traversed generations,’ said Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett at the time. “He crossed over musical genres with his distinctive and authentically Australian voice. In pioneering terms, first he made country a musical form that was viable in Australia – it was Australian country music; and, second, he laid some of the foundations of building and sustaining a career for all who followed, by heading out and playing to people all over the country.”
Slim Dusty: Why a Google Doodle is celebrating the Australian country music singer today
In 1957, Durty released his recording of ‘A Pub with No Beer’, written by his friend Gordon Parsons. It became the best-selling song recorded by an Australian
Monday’s Google Doodle is celebrating Australian singer and songwriter Slim Dusty, one of the most decorated music stars in the country’s history.
Dusty recorded more than 100 albums and sold over seven million copies during a career spanning nearly seven decades.
Monday’s doodle marks the day he was awarded the “outstanding achievement” award at the ARIA music awards in 2000.
It shows Dusty smiling and playing the guitar with a plain of cattle and mountains behind him.
Who was Slim Dusty?
Dusty was born David Kirkpatrick in Kempsey, New South Wales, in June 1927, and raised on his family farm in nearby Nulla Nulla Creek.
He wrote his first song, “The Way the Cowboy Dies”, aged just 10, and decided on his new moniker the following year, feeling it more fitting for a country musician.
Dusty started making recordings when he was 15, paying out of his own pocket to do so, amd would repeatedly send his tracks to radio stations and record labels in the hope of being noticed. He signed a deal with Columbia Graphophone Records when he was 19, and remained with them for the whole of his career.
He married fellow singer-songwriter Joy McKean in 1951, and she became his manager, helping him achieve huge commercial success with his music over the next 50 years.
She wrote many of his most popular hits, including “Lights on the Hill”, “Walk a Country Mile”, “Indian Pacific”, “Kelly’s Offsider”, “The Angel of Goulburn Hill” and “The Biggest Disappointment”.
McKean was also instrumental in organising cross-country tours of Australia, in what eventually became his famous Round Australia tours. They would cover at least 30,000 road miles across 10 months of the year by car and caravan, taking their music across the Australian bush.
The bush and Australian culture were significant influences behind much of Dusty’s music, and while country’s popularity waned as his career went on, he managed to find sustained success, particularly among more rural communities.
By March 1976, Dusty had achieved 37 gold and two platinum records, more than any other Australian artist.
He recorded and released his 100th album, Looking Forward, Looking Back, in 2000, becoming the first artist in worldwide commercial recording history to hit the milestone.
Durty was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and Australian Roll of Renown, and was voted a national treasure by the Australian public
In 1983, astronauts in the spaceship Columbia beamed his voice singing “Waltzing Matilda” to Earth as they passed over Australia, making him the first singer to have his voice sent to Earth from space.
He performed the same song as the closing act of the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.
He died in September 2003 at the age of 76 after along battle with lung and kidney cancer, and was given a state funeral.
What was his most famous music?
In 1957, Durty released his recording of “A Pub with No Beer”, written by his friend Gordon Parsons. It became the best-selling song recorded by an Australian, and he was awarded the first Gold Record presented in Australia. it also reached number three in the UK singles chart.
His only other Australian number one was “Duncan”, which he released more than two decades later, in 1980.
Other hit singles include “The Answer to a Pub with No Beer” and “Sequel to a Pub with No Beer” (both 1958), “Darwin (Big Heart of the North)” (1971), “The Biggest Disappointment” (1974), “We’ve Done Us Proud” (1987) and “G’day G’day” (1988).