Meet Slim Dusty
David Gordon ‘Slim Dusty’ Kirkpatrick was a legendary Australian country music singer-songwriter and producer. His career spanned nearly eight decades.
He was born David Gordon Kirkpatrick on 13th June 1927 in Kempsey, NSW, Australia.
He adopted the stage name ‘Slim Dusty’ in 1938 when he was just 11 years old.
He was the first Australian to have a No.1 hit, with his version of the humorous Gordon Parson’s song “Pub With No Beer”. "The Pub With No Beer" is a real place, not far from Kempsey where Slim was born.
When Slim died, thousands of fans travelled to Sydney to pay their respects. Even the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader attended his state funeral.
Slim Dusty became the first artist to be broadcast from space when the astronauts on Space Shuttle Columbia played his recording of “Waltzing Matilda” as they orbited over Australia in 1981.
He died on 19th September 2003 in Sydney, NSW, Australia. His figure is portrayed from 1994. The clothing has been donated by Slim Dusty’s estate.
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