September 19, 2003


Australian country music legend Slim Dusty has died at 76.

UPDATE. Dave Dawson reports the death of Sheb Wooley.

Posted by Tim Blair at September 19, 2003 04:09 PM

Ashey to Ashey, Dusty to Dusty.

Posted by: Fat Muddy at September 19, 2003 at 04:17 PM

The Man in Black and now Slim. The music is gone my friends...

Posted by: Chief Bastard at September 19, 2003 at 04:19 PM

It'll never be the same. Who else could possibly stand on a stage with a battered old Akubra and sing about drinking with a bunch of mates, and have the entire audience singing along. Dusty, me old mate, you will be missed. The Muster will never be the same again.

Posted by: Todd at September 19, 2003 at 04:23 PM

Slim rocked. I got to interview him once -- which was tough, because he didn't much like talking about himself. So we talked about cars instead.

Posted by: tim at September 19, 2003 at 04:29 PM

Metallic lilac ZC Fairlane by any chance?

'Well it's so lonesome away from your kindred and all,
By the campfire at night where the ol' dingoes crawl
But there's nothing so lonesome, morbid or drear
Then to stand in the bar of a pub with no beer.'

Farewell, Slim!

Posted by: ilibcc at September 19, 2003 at 04:33 PM

RIP Slim, and thanks for the songs.

Posted by: Jake D at September 19, 2003 at 04:35 PM

He loved the big Fords, ilibcc!

Posted by: tim at September 19, 2003 at 04:54 PM

Its a sad day - he was a good bloke.

Posted by: Rob at September 19, 2003 at 04:54 PM

From one who is only a couple of years younger -
Slim was a true Australian Aussie whose music made a nation happy to be Australian.
Indeed the music died today!
Vale Slim.

Posted by: Lawrie at September 19, 2003 at 06:02 PM

I first heard Slim's music at about 6 years of age in my father's ute (how appropriate). It's been something I've loved ever since. Maybe it was just me, but I always sort-of felt Slim was the sort of person who'd treat you like one of his friends - if you only ever met him! Chief Bastard is right - The music is gone.

Posted by: Evil Right-Wing Bastard at September 19, 2003 at 06:56 PM

Our headline: ...'cos Slim was our mate

Posted by: slatts at September 19, 2003 at 09:36 PM

Aw man, I'll miss Sheb. Built a fine little career mocking pop songs.

Posted by: Ken Summers at September 19, 2003 at 11:53 PM

So many icons dying. First Bradman, and WWI veterans, now Slim Dusty.

Posted by: Andjam at September 20, 2003 at 12:34 AM

We drink in the town and the country where the atmosphere is great,

Love to have a beer with Slim, cause Slim's me mate.

Posted by: Jonny at September 20, 2003 at 05:34 AM

Farewell Slim Dusty, a really good bloke and a top contributor to Australian culture.

Posted by: David Blue at September 21, 2003 at 11:40 AM