Slim Whitman
singer, musician
Slim Whitman
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 .
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Snow Day
Huffington Post - about 1 year
I fall for it every time; I get sucked in as soon as the text buzzes on my cell phone, the email lands in my inbox, and the answering machine picks up the recording (no more need to wait for the scrolling list at the bottom of the TV). "Due to winter weather conditions, school will not be in session tomorrow." The kids yelp and run around in circles. "SNOW DAY!!" Mentally I do a little happy dance as I fantasize about sleeping in and snuggling up. I envision making a big pot of soup and catching an old movie. I love the snow; it's magical when it falls thickly and blankets the ground. I love it even more when I can stay home. Thoughts of relaxing with my family for an unexpected day in make me all warm and fuzzy. The imagined cozy scene is short-lived and not realistic. In the morning I'm quickly reminded of how things really go. Haley, my 5th grader, is literally bouncing off the walls; she careens into the kitchen after banging into the doorframe, slides across the tile f ...
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Slim Whitman, Yodeling Country Singer With a Regular-Guy Image, Dies at 90
NYTimes - over 3 years
Mr. Whitman recorded more than 500 songs, made more than 100 albums and sold more than 70 million records.     
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Slim Whitman, Yodeling Country Singer With a Regular-Guy Image, Dies at 90
NYTimes - over 3 years
Mr. Whitman recorded more than 500 songs, made more than 100 albums and sold more than 70 million records.     
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Slim Whitman Dead at 90
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Slim Whitman one of country music's most unusual artists died today in Orange Park Florida of heart failure Billboard reports He was 90 Whitman born Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr and his high-flying falsetto and yodeling prowess intrigued fans for decades helping him to sell millions of records in his career Whitman...
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Country star Slim Whitman dies at 90
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Veteran country singer Slim Whitman has died of heart failure at the age of 89.
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Robert Whitman has country music in his blood - Tbo.com
Google News - over 5 years
Robert Whitman of Sebring is the brother of famed country singer and yodeler Slim Whitman. Whitman has also picked up his own musical interests playing guitar. BY PAM GLINSKI SEBRING - In 1954, at the age of 16, Robert Whitman watched from backstage at
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Classic Overton Park Shell Performances: Vintage clips of Lee Baker, Phineas ... - Memphis Flyer
Google News - over 5 years
That's when the deal was struck between the city of Memphis and Friends of Levitt Pavilion to restore and program the open air theater which, in happier times, had witnessed performances by everyone from Slim Whitman and Elvis Presley to Neil Diamond
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Slim Whitman
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 89
    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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  • 2010
    Age 86
    In 2010 Whitman released the album Twilight on the Trail after more than eight years in production, his first new studio album in 26 years.
    More Details Hide Details It was produced by his son Byron Whitman and featured many well-known session musicians, including long-time band member Harold Bradley.
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 85
    In 2009 Whitman's wife of 67 years, Alma Geraldine "Jerry" Crist Whitman, born in Kansas, died at the age of 84.
    More Details Hide Details She was a songwriter and embroiderer, as well as the daughter of a church minister, A.D. Crist. Together they had a daughter, Sharron Beagle, and a son, Byron Keith Whitman (b. 1957). They also had two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Byron is a performer and music producer, has released a number of recordings, and toured and recorded with his father on numerous occasions.
  • 2008
    Age 84
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 79
    In 2003, Rob Zombie used Whitman's version of "I Remember You" in his movie directorial debut in House of 1000 Corpses.
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  • 1996
    Age 72
    The 1996 film Mars Attacks! features Whitman's rendition of "Indian Love Call" as a weapon against alien invaders.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1968
    Age 44
    He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum's Walkway of Stars in 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Beatle George Harrison cited Whitman as an early influence: "The first person I ever saw playing a guitar was Slim Whitman, either a photo of him in a magazine or live on television. Guitars were definitely coming in." When a young Paul McCartney purchased his first guitar, the left-handed musician was unsure how to play an instrument that was manufactured and strung for a right-handed player. It was not until McCartney saw a picture of Whitman playing left-handed that he re-strung his guitar so that he too could play left-handed. American pop singer Michael Jackson cited Whitman as one of his ten favorite vocalists.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1957
    Age 33
    After 1957 Whitman lived at his estate, Woodpecker Paradise, in Middleburg, a city located south of Orange Park, Florida, in Clay County.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Despite this exposure, he never achieved the level of stardom in the United States that he did in Britain, where he had a number of other hits during the 1950s. Throughout the early 1970s, he continued to record and was a guest on Wolfman Jack's television show The Midnight Special. At the time, Whitman's recording efforts were yielding only minor hits in the US. The mid-1970s were a successful time for Whitman in the UK Albums Chart. In 1976 a compilation album, The Very Best of Slim Whitman, was number one for six weeks, staying seventeen weeks on the chart. Another number one album followed in 1977 with Red River Valley: four weeks at number one and fourteen weeks on the chart. Later the same year his album Home on the Range made number 2 on the chart and amassed a chart stay of thirteen weeks, only to be kept from the top place by 20 Golden Greats by the Supremes.
  • 1956
    Age 32
    In 1956 he became the first-ever country music singer to perform at the London Palladium.
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  • 1955
    Age 31
    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."
    More Details Hide Details With nineteen weeks in the charts and eleven weeks at the top of the UK Singles Chart, the song set a record that lasted for 36 years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1948
    Age 24
    Whitman released his first single in 1948, "I'm Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky", complete with yodel.
    More Details Hide Details He toured and sang in a variety of venues, including the radio show Louisiana Hayride. At first he was unable to make a living from music, and kept a part-time job at a post office. That changed in the early 1950s after he recorded a version of the Bob Nolan hit "Love Song of the Waterfall", which made it into the country music top ten. His next single, "Indian Love Call", taken from the light operetta Rose-Marie, was even more successful, reaching number two in the country music charts and appearing in the US pop music chart's top ten. A yodeller, Whitman avoided country music's "down on yer luck, buried in booze" songs, preferring instead to sing laid-back romantic melodies about simple life and love. Critics dubbed his style "countrypolitan," owing to its fusion of country music and a more sophisticated crooning vocal style. Although he recorded many country and western tunes, including hits "Tumbling Tumbleweeds", "Singing Hills", and "The Cattle Call", love and romance songs like "Serenade", "Something Beautiful (to remember)", and "Keep It a Secret" figured prominently in his repertoire.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1923
    Born
    Whitman was born in Oak Park, Tampa, Florida, on January 20, 1923., one of six siblings, to Ottis and Lucy Whitman.
    More Details Hide Details Growing up, he liked the country music of Jimmie Rodgers and the songs of Gene Autry, but he did not embark on a musical career of his own until the end of World War II, after he had served in the South Pacific with the United States Navy. Whilst aboard ship he would sing and entertain members aboard. This resulted in the captain blocking his transfer to another ship—hence saving his life, as the other ship later sank with no surviving hands. Whitman's early ambitions were to become either a boxer or a professional baseball player. Whitman was a self-taught left-handed guitarist, though he was right-handed. He had lost almost all of the second finger on his left hand in an accident while working at a meat packing plant. He worked odd jobs at a Tampa shipyard while developing a musical career, eventually performing with bands known as the Variety Rhythm Boys and the Light Crust Doughboys. He was briefly nicknamed The Smiling Starduster after a stint with a group called The Stardusters. Whitman's first big break came when talent manager "Colonel" Thomas Parker heard him singing on the radio and offered to represent him. After signing with RCA Records, he was billed as "the cowboy singer Slim Whitman", after Canadian singer Wilf Carter, who was known in the United States as Montana Slim.
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