From an EMI press release:
EMI Music Australia are proud to announce that Slim Dustyâs new album âColumbia Lane - The Last Sessionsâ has achieved Gold sales [ie, sold 35,000 copies] less than two weeks after its release.
âColumbia Lane - The Last Sessionsâ, 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, âAnswer to Billyâ is also the #1 Country Airplay Single in the country.
âSlim and EMI were a great team, and they still are,â Slimâs wife Joy McKean said. âSlim'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, âLooking Forward Looking Backâ also debuted at #5 in the National ARIA Album Chart in July 2000. âLooking Forward Looking Backâ 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 âPub With No Beerâ, and it became the first official Gold award presented in Australia.
Slim Dusty. The Legend Continuesâ¦
Well I certainly played my part in perpetuating the legend!