TEN years ago today the King of Australian country music Slim Dusty lost his battle with cancer aged 76.
Today, his thousands of fans across the world will pause to remember the legacy his left behind.
In Tamworth, it's a time for the Country Music Capital to remember what the city did for Slim's career and what Slim did for us.
The esteem with which the city, state and nation held Slim in, is evident with the building of Tamworth's statue to Slim and Joy attracting funding from all tiers of government- the Tamworth Regional Council, NSW Government who made three contributions and the federal government.
The statue will be unveiled in the CBD on January 24 during the 2014 Tamworth Country Music Festival.
His music is still proving popular with The Very Best of Slim Dusty at No. 2 and his latest, The Son of Noisy Dan, at No. 14 on the ARIA Country Charts.
One fan, Kevin Forbes from Kootingal, said Slim's music was the true stories of the great Australian outback and the characters in it.
His fondest memory of Slim was having a beer with him at Cubbaroo Winery, Wee Waa after everyone else had gone home.
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