SLIM Dusty’s official Golden Guitar award tally has increased by one from 37 to 38.
Although Slim died in 2003 and he hasn’t won any extras since his death, footage shows there was an issue with statistics when the inaugural Australasian Country Music Awards were staged by Radio 2TM in the Tamworth Town Hall on a very hot Sunday night on January 28, 1973.
The initial award that compere Kevin Knapp announced that historic night was for APRA Song of The Year won by Slim’s wife, Joy McKean. She won the first ever Golden Guitar for her composition Lights On The Hill.
For many years, Slim has been credited for winning two Golden Guitars that night.
McKean and daughter Anne Kirkpatrick have been going through their memorabilia, preparing it for the move to The Slim Dusty Centre in Kempsey and discovered an extra Golden Guitar from 1973 and wondered if it could be a duplicate they had acquired for some reason.
After checking a tape recording of that night from the Tamworth Sound and Film Archive, it was discovered that Slim was also awarded a Golden Guitar as the artist who sang Lights On The Hill. So, he won three that night.
Country Music Association of Australia secretary Meryl Davis said it was great to see the tally of Golden Guitars updated.
“As a person who contributed so much to Australian country music, Slim deserves all the recognition and thanks we can give him,” she said.
“It will be exciting to see the Golden Guitars he won, on display in the Slim Dusty Centre.”
The centre is expected to open in October in Kempsey.