Thursday, March 06, 2008

Slim Dusty

Found this cassette recently in the local hospice shop with another Australian tape. Its all drinking songs including the big hit "Pub With No Beer". I think this is another version though.

Wikipedia says-

"In 1951, Slim Dusty married Singer-Songwriter Joy McKean and with her help, achieved great success around Australia. In 1954, Slim and Joy launced a full time business career and launched the Slim Dusty Travelling Show His 1957 hit "A Pub With No Beer" was the biggest-selling record by an Australian to that time, and the first Australian single to go gold. In 1958 David Kirkpatrick was born. Over the course of his career, he collected more gold and platinum albums than any other Australian artist. (The "Pub with No Beer" is a real place, in Taylors Arm, not far from Kempsey where Slim Dusty was born)[citation needed]. In 1959 and 1960 Dutch and German cover versions of the song became number one hits (even evergreens) in Belgium, Austria and Germany, brought by the Flemish country singer-guitarist and amusement park founder Bobbejaan Schoepen. 1964 saw the establishment of the annual Slim Dusty round Australia tour, a 30,000 mile 10 month journey. Dusty not only recorded songs written by himself and other fellow Australian performers, but also recorded classic Australian poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson with new tunes, to call attention to the old 'Bush Ballads.' An example is The Man from Snowy River by Paterson.

Slim Dusty plaque at the National Truck Driver Memorial at TarcuttaIn 1970, he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire for services to music. In 1971 he won Best Single at the Australian Country Music Awards at the Tamworth Country Music Festival (Slim's wife Joy McKean won Song of the Year as writer of the song for which he won best single). In all, he won a record 35 "Golden Guitars" over the years. The General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee invited him and his wife Joy McKean to perform in 1997, recognizing 50 years contributing to Country Music. He was given the honour to sing Waltzing Matilda in the Closing Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, with the whole stadium singing along with him. Slim Dusty, with wife Joy McKean, were patrons of the National Truck Drivers' Memorial located at Tarcutta, New South Wales."

Slim Dusty - He's A Good Bloke When He's Sober...

Slim Dusty - You've Got To Drink The Froth To Get The Beer

Slim Dusty - Pub With No Beer

Slim Dusty - The Hangover Song

Slim Dusty - Mad Jack's Cockatoo

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