The late Australian country great Slim Dusty has established a new chart milestone with his best-of compilation which appears on the ARIA Top 40 Country Music chart for an 800th week.
First released in November 1998, The Very Best Of Slim Dusty is certified five-times platinum (350,000 units plus) and has now charted for more than 15 years. No other album has enjoyed such a long stint on the ARIA country category. It’s far ahead of the next best, Dixie Chicks’ Wide Open Spaces (610 weeks), while Johnny Cash’s The Essential (605 weeks), John Williamson’s True Blue... The Very Best of John Williamson (565 weeks ) and Shania Twain’s The Greatest Hits (448 weeks) round out the top 5.
The milestone, notes Joy McKean, Slim’s wife and co-writer for more than 50 years, “is a testament to his dedication and the strength of great songs that continue to impact the lives of Australians today.”
The iconic Australian country artist died 2003 at the age of 76, after a two-year battle with cancer. His signature tune, 1957's "The Pub With No Beer," was a top-10 hit in the U.K.
Slim, whose real name was David Gordon Kirkpatrick, began his recording career in 1943. He stayed with EMI throughout. At the time of his death, he was working on his 107th album. His career was immortalised in the 1984 feature film The Slim Dusty Movie.
John O’Donnell, managing director of EMI Music Australia, comments on the chart achievement. “Slim was the foundation rock upon which EMI Australia was built," he says. “EMI is the only label Slim called home throughout his 60 year recording career, and we continue to proudly honor his legacy and celebrate his achievements. Slim was a remarkable songwriter, musician, and entertainer, but he walked a perfect line between being a true Australian icon and a regular bloke. His legacy runs deep with all Australians."