Australian country music icon Slim Dusty died today (Sept. 19) in Sydney 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. and was the first gold record in Australia.
Dusty, whose real name was David Gordon Kirkpatrick, began his recording career in 1943 and stayed with EMI throughout. At the time of his death, Dusty was working on his 107th album. EMI Australia managing director John O’Donnell says its release will depend on discussions with Dusty’s wife, singer Joy McKean, and producer Rod Coe.
Dusty won 31 Golden Guitar country music awards, the most recent of which came in January. “He remained relevant to the very end,” says Kate Nugent, GM of the Country Music Association of Australia.
Dusty has also been the subject of a feature film, 1984’s “The Slim Dusty Movie.”