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 in Oak Park, Tampa, Florida, on January 20, 1923., one of six siblings, to Ottis and Lucy Whitman. … Read More


1948 25 Years Old Whitman released his first single in 1948, "I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky", complete with yodel. … Read More


1955 32 Years Old In 1955 he would have a No.1 hit on the pop music charts in the United Kingdom with the theme song to the operetta "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 On January 20, 2008, on what was, coincidently, Whitman's 85th birthday, a premature obituary believed to have been started by an erroneous report was published by the Nashville Tennessean newspaper and later picked up virally on the newspaper's website.
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, was produced by his son Byron Whitman 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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