Country Pioneer Slim Dusty Dies

Australian country music pioneer Slim Dusty, 76, died Friday (Sept. 19) following a lengthy battle with cancer. Born David Gordon Kirkpatrick, he took his professional name five years before the release of his first record in 1943. His 1957 recording of “A Pub With No Beer” gained international success and became the first official gold record in Australia. Signed to EMI Australia throughout his 60-year career, Dusty released 106 albums that sold an estimated 6 million copies. 09/19/03