Slim Dusty: Why a Google Doodle is celebrating the Australian country music star today
In the year 1957, Durty released his recording of ‘A Pub without Beer’, which was written by his close friend Gordon Parsons. It was the top-selling track that was recorded by an Australian
This Monday’s Google Doodle is commemorating Australian musician and singer Slim Dusty, one of the most recognizable musicians in the history of Australia.
Dusty recorded over 100 album and sold more than seven million copies over an illustrious career that spanned nearly seven decades.
It illustrates Dusty smile and playing guitar. an open plain of mountains and cattle in the background.
What did you think was Slim Dusty?
Dusty was the son of David Kirkpatrick in Kempsey, New South Wales, in June 1927. He was raised on the farm of his family located in the nearby Nulla Nulla Creek.
The first song he wrote, “The Way the Cowboy dies” at the age of 10 He chose a new moniker in the year following believing it would be more appropriate for a country singer.
Dusty began making recordings at the age of 15, and was able to pay out of his own pocket to make the recordings He would transmit his music to stations as well as record labels in hopes of getting recognized. Then signed a contract to Columbia Graphophone Records when he was 19. He stayed with them for the duration period of his professional career.
He was married to fellow singer-songwriter Joy McKean in 1951, and she was his manager, assisting him to gain huge commercial success with his music throughout the next 50 years.
She composed some of his biggest songs, such as “Lights at the Top of the Hill”, “Walk a Country Mile”, “Indian Pacific”, “Kelly’s Offsider”, “The Angel of Goulburn Hill” and “The Biggest Disappointment”.
They would travel at the least 30,000 kilometers of roads over one calendar month via motorbike and caravan. Bringing their music all over the Australian wilderness.
In March of 1976 Dusty was able to record 37 gold records and two record platinum. Which was more than the rest of Australian artist.
He released and recorded the album he had been working on for 100 years, “Looking forward, looking back” in 2000. He became the first artist in commercial music history to reach the milestone.
As of 1983, the astronauts on the spaceship Columbia broadcast his voice. Singing “Waltzing Matilda” to Earth when they flew over Australia. So made him the first musician to have his voice transmitted to Earth from space.
He passed away in September 2003 at the age 76, following a long struggle with kidney and lung cancer. He received an official funeral.
Was his song that was the most well-known song?
In the year 1957, Durty released his recording of “A Pub with No Beer”. He received an initial Gold Record presented in Australia. It also reached the top three spots on the UK singles chart.
His sole other Australian top spot was “Duncan” the track came out more than two decades later in the year 1980.
Other hits comprise “The answer for a Pub with No Beer” and “Sequel to a Pub with No Beer” (both 1958), “Darwin (Big Heart of the North)” (1971). “The Most Disappointing Experience” (1974), “We’ve Done Our Part” (1987) along with “G’day G’day” (1988)