Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Number 927 - Slim Dusty

Number 927

Slim Dusty

"Lights On The Hill"


................Genre: Folk Singer...............

Yes, i know i give Australia grief, and yes, i question them over their pedigree. But here it ends for the moment and for a good reason. Three of the best human beings came from Australia to walk this mortal coil.

One is called Don Bradman, he is the true epitome of a human you will ever find, a true gentleman and the best ambassador to Australia ever, bar none, period. He is highly regarded here in New Zealand and to the rest of the world who knew of him and his feats.

Second is the old digger himself, . No other artist in Australia has sold as many records as this man. Here, i will let Ed Nimmervoll explain............

was the most prolific and biggest-selling recording artist in Australia, with more than five million of his recordings sold on the domestic market of 20 million people and a status akin to the all-time greats in country music. In 2000, the 73-year-old Australian music legend released his 100th album.

He was born David Gordon Kirpatrick in Kempsey, NSW, Australia, and spent most of his younger days at a dairy farm. The first major influence on his career in music was his father, who liked to vocalize to the accompaniment of his fiddle playing when Kirpatrick was still a toddler. The event that changed his life forever took place when he was ten and heard an aborigine sing a song called "The Drunkard's Child." He was so fascinated, that same year he wrote his first song, "The Way the Cowboy Died." At age 11, he decided to rename himself . In 1942, as a "seasoned performer" of 15, Slim talked his way into the studios of the local radio station, and at his own expense recorded two songs: "Song for the Aussies" and "My Final Song." He became a regular performer and in 1945 wrote his first classic, "When the Rain Tumbles Down in July." In November 1946, the singer hit the big smoke and in a Sydney studio recorded the six tracks which would be released as his first three 78 rpm singles, starting with "When the Rain Tumbles Down in July." By now, he had a part-time career in show business as an intermittent radio performer playing in music halls and tent shows. In 1952, he married country performer and songwriter

Over the years, Slim won every accolade possible, from Tamworth Music Awards Golden Guitars to his Member of the British Empire medal.

Slim's long journey came to an end in Sydney on September 19, 2003, the victim of kidney cancer. His importance to the Australian music landscape was immense. Just one example of his homeland's pride came in September 2000, when he was one of the Australian performers featured in the closing ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games. Slim was given the job of singing Australia's unofficial national anthem, "." No one else would have been as appropriate. ~ Ed Nimmervoll (Trust me the cringe when they hear that song on the field in Australia!)

I imagine Mr Bradman and Mr Dusty are having a nice quiet beer together, reminiscing of their era, cheers to you both ~ crowbarred

Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Not even going to say a thing) and the Album ranked at Number (confidential)

This song has a crowbarred rating of 54.9 out of 108
(If Donald Braman had been a singer he probably would
have got 99.8)
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