MBE (C), OAM
Born in Kempsey on the 13th June. Named David Gordon
Kirkpatrick. Brought up nearby at a Nulla Nulla Creek on his
parents dairy farm.
- Aged 10, writes first song, “The
Way The Cowboy Dies”.
Calls himself Slim Dusty.
1941- Around the age of 14 Slim bought his first guitar.
Sang on Radio 2KM Kempsey.
Makes his first recording at own expense “Song
For The Aussies”
Still living at Nulla Nulla
Creek, writes his first country music classic “When
The Rain Tumbles Down In July”.
Signs first recording
contract with the Columbia Graphophone Co. for the Regal
Zonophone label. Records six titles including “When
The Rain Tumbles Down In July”.
Part-time show business career. Intermittent radio, hall
show and tent show appearances.
Marries country singer-songwriter Joy McKean.
Daughter Anne Kirkpatrick born.
Commences full-time show business career. Launches his
first travelling “Slim Dusty Show”.
Establishes partnership with showman Frankie Foster,
which established the “Slim Dusty Show” as a large tent show on
the showground circuit.
Pub With No Beer”.
This was the B side of the record but it
became the biggest selling record ever and still the
only gold 78.
Son David Kirkpatrick born.
first Gold record, for “A
Pub With No Beer”
Releases first LP album “Slim
Ends showground partnership with Frankie Foster.
Establishes annual round Australia Slim Dusty tour - a
30,000 mile, 10 month journey.
First tour outside
Hamilton County Bluegrass Band. Also tours Papua New Guinea
Awarded an MBE for services to music.
first Australasian Country Music Awards. Awarded Golden Guitars
for Best LP for “Me And My Guitar”,
Best EP or single for “Lights
On The Hill.”
Joy wins Song of the Year, also for “Lights
On The Hill”.
1974 – Featured on the
television program “This Is Your Life”. Golden Guitar for Album
of the Year with “Live at
1975 – Golden Guitars for Album
of the Year with “Australiana” and Male Vocalist of the Year
with “Biggest Disappointment”.
1976 – Golden Guitars for Top
Selling Album with “Worst in the World” and Album of the Year
with “Lights of the Hill”.
1977 – Golden Guitars for Top
Selling Album with “Things I See Around Me”, Album of the Year
with “Angel of Goulburn Hill” and Male Vocalist of the Year.
Inducted into the Hands of Fame.
1978 – Golden
Guitar Top Selling Album with “Indian Pacific”. First Sydney
Opera House performance - live recording of “The
1979 – Golden Guitar for Male Vocalist of the Year.
Slim elevated to the Roll of
Renown. Publishes bestselling autobiography “Walk
a Country Mile”.
Identically titled album has achieved Platinum status in sales.
1980 – Golden Guitars for
Top Selling Album and Album
of the Year with “Walk a Country Mile” Records super hit “Duncan”, achieving
1981 – Golden Guitars for Top Selling Album and Album of the Year
with “The Man Who Steadies the Lead”.
Releases 50th album, “The
Golden Anniversary Album”,
reaching multi Platinum status in Australia.
1982 – Golden Guitar for the
Heritage Award with “Where Country Is”.
1983 – Golden Guitar for
Heritage Award with “Banjo’s Man”. Astronauts Bob Crippen and
John Young played Slim singing “Waltzing
the space shuttle "Columbia"
as it passed over Australia.
Inducted into the South Australian Country Music Festival Awards
Hall of Fame.
1984 – Golden Guitars for Album of the
Year with “On the Wallaby” and Heritage Award with “Australia’s
On the Wallaby”.
Release of feature film, “The
Slim Dusty Movie”.
A video also released.
Golden Guitars for Album of the Year and Top Selling Album with
“Trucks on the Track”.
Mo Awards for Male Country Performer of the Year.
In November, celebrates 40
years commercial recording with the one company, EMI Australia.
Honoured at a 350 guest dinner attended by music industry
figures and artists. EMI announces that Slim's latest album, “Beer
Drinking Songs Of Australia”,
had gone Gold in the first three weeks of release.
Golden Guitar for Heritage
Award with “Mt
1988 – Golden Guitar for
Album of the Year
Bicentennial Year, travels right round Australia
at the head of the biggest country music show to tour the
nation. Inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.
1989 – Golden Guitar for
Heritage Award for “We've
Done Us Proud”.
Gold. Records first duo album with daughter Anne.
Appears in Papua New
representative at the Southern Highlands Province's Independence
Celebrations. Takes show right around
Releases double album “Coming
Presented with special award acknowledging Slim as the "Artist
of the Decade". Named an "Achiever of the Year" by the
1991 – Golden Guitar fors
Top Selling with
Singers, One Song” a
duo album with Anne Kirkpatrick and Album of the Year with “Coming Home”
takes out November 19 marks the 45th anniversary of Slim's first
commercial recording “When
The Rain Tumbles Down In July”
Involved in the formation of
the Country Music Association of Australia holding the position
of Chairman. Recorded top selling video “Live
Into the Nineties”.
Celebrates 50th anniversary
of continuous recording in Australia.
As guest of Aboriginal band, Yothu Yindi, Slim and his band tour
the Northern Territory
- Marks 40 years since Slim Dusty and Joy McKean established
their touring Slim Dusty Show. Golden Guitar with Lee Kernaghan
for Vocal Group or Duo of the Year with “Leave
Him In The Longyard”.
Tours New Zealand
extensively for the first time in many years. Presented with a
double Platinum award for sales in excess of 20,000 video
cassettes for “Slim Dusty - Live Into The Nineties”
and a Platinum award for sales in excess of 10,000 video
cassettes for “Slim Dusty - Across Australia”.
On January 20, the Slim Dusty
Exhibition opens at the Australian Country Music Foundation
A professionally designed display of memorabilia collected by
Slim and Joy, a vivid history of country music performing and
recording in Australia
over a long span of time. ARIA award for Outstanding
Completes his 91st album and
an accompanying long-form Video recording, both aptly titled “91
commemorating Slim's 50th Year with EMI Australia. Re-records
his 1980 #1 Australian hit “Duncan”
Harris, the first time the two have recorded together.
Golden Guitars for Bush
Ballad of the Year with “Must’ve Been a Hell of a Party” with
Tom Oliver and Heritage Song of the Year with “Old Time Country
Halls”. Released album “A
Time to Remember”
of war-time favourites, launched at the historic Rocks on
waterfront. Part royalties from this album went to Legacy. In
May, he crossed the
in two Kenworth road-trains from Thompson's Transport collecting
material for his next truck album. Opened the Kempsey exhibition
"Made on the Macleay". July saw the release of Slim's second
Day, Another Town”,
and the recording of “Makin'
A Mile” the
truck album released in October. Appeared on the Grand Ol' Opry
(15th August) by special invitation from the Country Music
Association of America to mark his 50 years of commercial
recording for the one company. On his return to
received the Special Achievement Award from the Australasian
Record Industry Association at the ARIA Awards.
Golden Guitar, for Bush Ballad of the Year with “Lady
is a Truckie”. At the Tamworth CM
Festival, made over 50 appearances and interviews in 10 days,
and unveiled the Stan Coster plaque at Manilla.
In February, voted a National Living Treasure by the public. At
in May, awarded the Ted Albert Award for Lifetime Achievement.
tribute album released in June... recordings of Slim's songs by
his peers in the music industry (including a number of rock and
folk artists and bands). The Kempsey
Country Music Heritage Festival committee awarded him the Living
Legend Award and he recorded much video footage around his old
home in Nulla Nulla Creek. In September, Slim, Joy and the
Travelling Country Band travelled to the
to participate in the opening celebrations of the Gold Ridge
gold mine outside Honiara. The closing
open air concert was attended by as many as 30,000 islanders.
Altogether, a varied and satisfying year for Slim.
For only the second time in
the history of the Australasian Country Music Awards, Slim
missed being in
due to sudden and urgent cardiac surgery early in January. He
made a very good recovery and was filming in March for the BBC
working on two albums and sitting for portrait painter Judy
Cassab. Big surprise to discover that he was working on his 99th
album, which was finally called
released late that year. Named "Father of the Year" by the NSW
Council, and in September, named the inaugural "Senior
Australian of the Year" by the Commonwealth Government.
At the Tamworth Country Music
Festival in January, Slim was awarded the Australian Bush
Laureate Awards Golden Gumleaf Heritage Award for his
contribution to upholding the heritage of bush balladry and
poetry over the years and saw the launch of personalised postage
stamps with his image on a special issue. In his new “Columbia
Lane Studios”, Slim completed his 100th album, titled “Looking
Forward, Looking Back”,
the album was released just four weeks after a giant tribute
concert to Slim (Hats Off To Slim) in Tamworth, Country Music
Capital, on the Saturday of the June long weekend organised and
staged by the CMAA. Two weeks after that, "the country music
industry" paid tribute to Slim at a special function in Sydney's
Theatre Royal organised by EMI, following which Channel 9 rolled
in the production crew for a special one hour
Slim Dusty -- This Is Your Life.
“Looking Forward, Looking Back”
was certified Gold within three weeks
of release and Slim was on the road again from August in an
extensive tour to promote the album. In September, “Looking
Forward, Looking Back” surpassed the 100,000 sales mark and on
Sunday, October 1, Slim was the final act at the Closing
Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Preceded by a
star-studded programme of entertainers, Slim walked on to stage
just prior to the official announcement of the closure leading a
jam-packed audience of 100,000 plus spectators in a rousing
A fitting end to the Games, a fitting tribute to
a fitting statement for Australian country music! ARIA award for
- Golden Guitars for Top
Selling Album of the Year and Video Clip of the Year with “Looking
Forward Looking Back” Bush Ballad of the Year with “Paddy
The Australian country music industry pays a unique tribute
voting unanimously to make Slim Honorary President for Life of
the Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA). Australia
Post pays national tribute by naming Slim among its Legends
stamp series. In August, Slim performs with fellow "national
treasures" Richard Tognetti and Roger Woodward at a National
Trust dinner in the Sydney
living national treasures and to raise funds for the work of the
Forward Looking Back”
wins the 2001 ARIA Award for Best Country Album. Fund-raising
commences in earnest in Kempsey for a Slim Dusty Heritage
Centre. Two new albums released... “West
Men From Nulla Nulla”
with Shorty Ranger.
Towards the end of the year, Slim undergoes successful surgery
to remove a kidney. People’s Choice Awards – for Best Song and
Best Album with “Looking Forward Looking Back”.
Golden Guitar for “West
Of Winton” for
Bush Ballad of the Year. Sold out family concert in
Town Hall. Slim performed “Lights
On The Hill”
as part of the finale to the Awards presentation which went to
air the same night Australia-wide on the Seven and Prime
Golden Guitar for Bush Ballad of the Year with “Just an
Old Cattle Dog”.
June 19th releases album number 106 "The Very Best of
Slim Dusty" on DVD.
Passed away on September 19th.
material for his next album when he became ill. A State Funeral
was held for Slim Dusty making him the first entertainer to be
offered a State Funeral.
At the January Tamworth Festival a special tribute
concert was held at the TRECC. On March 1st the release of the
material he was recording at the time of his death- album number
Lane, The Last
Sessions" was released and went gold in 2 weeks. Slim Dusty
Tribute DVD released.
Golden Guitar for Video Clip of the Year with “Get Along”.
2016 - MO Awards - Lifetime Achievement Award.