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Slim Whitman

Singer + Musician
Born Jan 20, 1924

Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr., known professionally as Slim Whitman, and early in his career as "The Smiling Starduster", is an American country music singer and songwriter, known for his yodelling abilities. He has sold in excess of 120 million albums in unit sales and has had numerous successful recordings. He is consistently more popular throughout Europe, and in particular Britain, than in his native America, particularly with his covers of pop standards and movie songs .… Read More

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1923 Birth Whitman was born Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr, in Tampa, Florida, on January 20, 1923. … Read More


1948 25 Years Old After signing with RCA Records, he was billed as "the cowboy singer Slim Whitman" and released his first single in 1948. … Read More


1955 32 Years Old In 1955 in the United Kingdom, he had a No.1 hit on the pop music charts with "Rose Marie." … Read More
1956 33 Years Old In 1956 he became the first ever country music singer to perform at the London Palladium.
1957 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Soon after, Whitman was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry, and in 1957, along with other musical stars, he appeared in the film musical Jamboree. … Read More


1968 45 Years Old …  He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Walkway of Stars in 1968. … Read More


1996 73 Years Old The 1996 film Mars Attacks! features Whitman's rendition of "Indian Love Call" as a weapon against alien invaders.
2003 80 Years Old In 2003, Rob Zombie used Whitman's version of "I Remember You" in his movie directorial debut in House of 1000 Corpses.
2008 85 Years Old In late January 2008, a false rumor of his death spread on the internet, believed to have been started by an erroneous report posted on the website of the Nashville Tennessean newspaper.
2009 86 Years Old In 2009, Whitman's wife of 67 years, Alma Geraldine "Jerry" Crist Whitman, born in Kansas, died at the age of 84. … Read More
2010 87 Years Old 1 More Event
…  His last album, Twilight on the Trail, produced by his son Byron Whitman was a cover of western standards including the Gene Autry single Back in the Saddle Again and was released in 2010, when Whitman was 87 years old.
2013 90 Years Old Slim Whitman died of heart failure on June 19, 2013, at age 90, surrounded by family at Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Florida.
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