DIARY - 23 JANUARY 2004 - SMOKY DAWSON
AND BOBBY CASH
CHANCE OF SMOKY BEING DUSTY
It's ominous when city writers refer to a modern country music artist
as a C & W singer.
It happened last week in a daily newspaper preview for the excellent SBS
docco, The Indian Cowboy: One In A Billion.
Now, that can be excused if the artist refers to his music as C &
That was the case when Indian singer Bobby Cash was interviewed with a
cast of Aussie country acts.
But the biggest blooper was when two legendary country artists - the late
Slim Dusty and very much alive Smoky Dawson, 90, MBE and OAM - had their
Or maybe stolen.
A classical music writer for one of the world's great newspapers did the
swap in his docco preview.
Bobby Cash with Smoky Dawson
show featured Smoky and Cash doing an impromptu acoustic duet on
the Jimmie C Davis classic You Are My Sunshine.
The columnist duly reported it was recently deceased Slim who was
the duet partner.
But it was Smoky, who turns 91 in March, not Slim who died at 76
on September 19, 2003.
The writer nailed it when he described it as perfect harmony - shame
about Slim, not, old Smoky winning the praise.
Slim have long worn striking headgear but even their trademark chapeaus
are stark contrasts - like country and, ah, classical music.
Smoky was the Abbotsford born and Warrnambool reared pioneer who chanced
his voice and arm as actor, singer and knife thrower on the highly competitive
U.S. circuit in 1950.
It was there Dawson performed on shows with Louisiana Governor and actor
Davis who shared longevity by being recently deceased at the ripe young
age of 100.
Dawson was the first artist to record for the Acuff-Rose label Hickory
in 1951 before he hosted the Kellogg's syndicated breakfast radio show
unlike many peers, he never lost timbre in his voice.
He still performs and has hosted a national community radio show for
20 years with wife Dot - a spritely 96 year old.
Dot, about to celebrate 61 years of marriage, accompanies Smoky to
gigs and is happy to be awoken from the sleep of the just to give
Smoky her opinion on new songs.
Cash - that's Bobby (not Johnny) - both play Melbourne in February.
Smoky performs with Howie Bros at Whittlesea country music fest - February
Other acts include Troy Cassar-Daley & singing spouse Laurel Edwards,
Leslie Avril, Sovereign, Pigram Bros, Breakers and Travis Sinclair.
Cash follows Dawson into Melbourne with gigs at Moorabbin Town Hall -
February 21 - and Southern Star Saloon on February 22.
We plan to interview both artists for Nu Country TV.
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