From an EMI press release:
EMI Music Australia are proud to announce that Slim Dusty’s new album ‘Columbia Lane - The Last Sessions’ has achieved Gold sales [ie, sold 35,000 copies] less than two weeks after its release.
‘Columbia Lane - The Last Sessions’, which debuted at #5 on the National ARIA Album Chart on Monday (the highest album debut for this week), sits comfortably in the Top 5 above albums from the Black Eyed Peas, Jack Johnson, Jet & George. It also debuted at #1 in the ARIA National Country Album Chart.
The 1st single from the album, ‘Answer to Billy’ is also the #1 Country Airplay Single in the country.
“Slim and EMI were a great team, and they still are,” Slim’s wife Joy McKean said. “Slim's last recordings are among his best and a fitting finale to an inspiring and remarkable career that never ceased to amaze me."
Slim as we all know, was no stranger to Pop Chart success throughout his long career, but it is coincidental that Slims last solo studio album release, ‘Looking Forward Looking Back’ also debuted at #5 in the National ARIA Album Chart in July 2000. ‘Looking Forward Looking Back’ then went on to sell over 180K and spending over two months in the Top 10 of the National ARIA Album Chart.
It should also be noted that Slim received his first Gold Award in 1957 for his international hit ‘Pub With No Beer’, and it became the first official Gold award presented in Australia.
Slim Dusty. The Legend Continues…
Well I certainly played my part in perpetuating the legend!