Slim Dusty: Google Celebrates Slim Dusty With ‘Doodle’ – Slim Dusty was an Australian country music singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. His birth name was David Gordon Kirkpatrick. He was born on 13th June 1927. He has produced several recordings in his career span of seven decades. He was also titled as an Australian cultural icon. His albums sold more than seven million records, and he released hundreds of albums. He received an Australian Recording Industry Association(ARIC), and thirty-eight golden guitars. He is also considered an Australian National Treasure.
He was the son of a cattle farmer. In 1937 he wrote his first song, The way the cowboy dies at the age of ten. After that, he chose his stage name Slim Dusty in 1938 at the age of eleven. At the age of nineteen in 1945 he released his first record of the song When the Rain Tumbles Down in July. Then he signed the recording contract with Columbia Graphophone for the Regal Zonophone label. With the help of his singer-songwriter wife Joy Mckean, he achieved great success around Australia.
Dusty’s one of the biggest-selling records ‘A pub with no beer’ was the first Australian single to go gold and the first 78rpm record to receive a gold disc. Not only the sing by himself, but Dusty also recorded the songs of other Australian performers and classic Australian poems by Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.
Dusty won the Country Music Awards of Australia for the best single at Tamworth Country Music Festival. Other than any Australian artist he achieved thirty-seven gold and two platinum records. He was the first artist worldwide to record and released his 100th album. He was the first music artist to record his all 100 albums on the same record label. In the 2000 summer Olympics closing ceremony he was given the honor of singing Waltzing Matilda and the people in the whole stadium sang along with him.
On 19th September 2003, he died of lung and kidney cancer at the age of seventy-six. At the time of his death, he had been working on his 106th album for EMI. In less than two weeks the album achieved gold status. In 2015, the royal Australian mint issued a coin and the Slim Dusty Center and Museum in his hometown of Kempsey to celebrate his life.
To honor Slim Dusty Google illustrated a doodle on their homepage until 24 October 2022 .