Joy grew up in a musical family, singing country songs with her sister Heather and playing several instruments.
She married Slim Dusty in 1951 and they soon began touring Australia in a caravan. Performing all over the country became a feature of their lives together.
Joy won the first of her six Golden Guitars in 1976 for “Lights on the Hill”. She wrote many of the songs made famous by her late husband as Australia’s King of Country.
In her 90th year, Joy was celebrated as a trailblazing musician and treasured mentor, with an all-star concert of her songs at the Tamworth Country Music Festival. Among the artists on stage were Paul Kelly, Troy Cassar-Daley and Kasey Chambers.
The concert also featured members of Joy’s family, many of whom carry on Joy and Slim’s musical legacy with their own successful careers.
Originally posted on: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/joy-mckean/12055732