Slim Dusty, Australia’s King of Country, is still smashing records almost 15 years after his death.
The late country icon’s hits collection, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty, logs its 1,000 week on the ARIA Country Albums Chart, a feat no other artist has achieved. Originally released in 1998, the LP is certified five-times platinum and has clocked up almost 20 successive years on the tally. The next album on the list is The Essential Johnny Cash, which has amassed 808 weeks.
Dusty, whose real name was David Gordon Kirkpatrick, was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in its first year, in 1988, after a career that produced more than 100 albums and some seven million sales.
His signature tune, 1957's "The Pub With No Beer," was a top-10 hit in the U.K. and reached No. 1 in Ireland and, during his lifetime, Dusty collected a brace of ARIA Awards, more than 30 Golden Guitar Awards and APRA's prestigious Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music. His life was the subject of a feature film, 1984's The Slim Dusty Movie.
“Slim is a national hero and the rock upon which we built EMI Australia,” comments John O’Donnell, managing director of EMI Music Australia, the country legend’s label over his decades-long career.
On news of Dusty’s posthumous achievement, the artist’s wife, manager and collaborator Joy McKean said: “It’s a wonderful feeling to see that Slim’s voice and songs are still so loved by Australian listeners."
The milestone is formally recognized in the chart dated Monday, July 16, on which the Very Best Of compilation sits at No. 8.
Dan Rosen, CEO of ARIA, says Slim’s music is appealing to new generations of fans. "To see an artist reach this milestone is a testament to the King of Country's enduring appeal and incredible song writing," he said in a statement. "He is, and always will be, an Australian icon."
Dusty died Sept. 19, 2003 at the age of 76, after a two-year battle with cancer.