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Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. He personally stated that he had sold in excess of million records, although the recorded sales figures give 70 million, during a career that spanned over seven decades, and consisted of a prolific output of over albums and around recorded songs, that not only consisted of country music, but also of contemporary gospel, Broadway show tunes, love songs and standards.
Although once known as "America's Favorite Folk Singer", he was consistently more popular throughout Europe, and in particular the United Kingdom, than in his native America, especially with his covers of pop standards, film songs, love songs, folk tunes, and melodic gospel hymns.
Whitman had a string of top ten hits from the mids and into the s and became known to a new generation of fans through television direct marketing in the s. Throughout the s and into the 21st century, he continued to tour extensively around the world and after several years of non-studio recording, produced a new album his final recording Twilight on the Trail released in Power Drowning - Audacity - Power Drowning / Mellow Cruisers Growing up, he liked the country music of Jimmie Rodgers and the songs of Gene Autrybut he did not embark on a musical career of his own until the end of World War IIafter he had served in the South Pacific with the United States Navy.
While 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 all hands lost. 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. Whitman's first big break came when talent manager "Colonel" Thomas Parker heard him singing on the radio and offered to represent Les Baxter & His Orchestra - Lonely Wine / Lost In Meditation (Shellac). 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 s after he recorded a version of the Bob Nolan hit "Love Song of the Waterfall", which made it Amor Descoordinado - Macho (13) - Macho the country music top ten.
A yodellerWhitman 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.
In he would have a No. In he became the Just Loving You - Slim Whitman - 40 All Time Greats country music singer to perform at the London Palladium. 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 s.
In a compilation albumThe Very Best of Slim Whitmanwas number one for six weeks, staying seventeen weeks on the chart. Another number one album Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down - Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights in with Just Loving You - Slim Whitman - 40 All Time Greats 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. The TV albums briefly made Whitman a household name in America for the first time in his career, resulting in everything from a first-time appearance on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson to Whitman being parodied in a comic skit on SCTV with him played by Joe Flaherty starring in the Che-like male lead in an Evita -like Broadway musical on the life of Indira Gandhi.
More importantly, the TV albums gave him a brief resurgence in mainstream country music with new album releases on major labels and a few new singles on the country charts. During this time he toured Europe and Australia with moderate success. On January 20,on what was, coincidentally, Whitman's Sleeping Bag Ass II: The Poop Sex Sloth - Kuru - Epidemic 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.
Whitman released studio album "Angeline" inafter which he continued to tour although many compilation of Whitman's recording appeared after this, it would be some 18 years before he would head back to the studio inand at almost 80 years old, eventually after 8 years in production, Whitman would release the album "Twilight on the Trail" when at the time we was 88 featuring western standards such as Gene Autrys hit Back in the Saddle Again and the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans television theme song.
It was produced by his son Byron Whitman and featured many well-known session musicians, including long-time band member Harold Bradley. She was a songwriter and embroiderer, daughter of church minister A. Together they had a daughter, Sharron Beagle b. They also had two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. For his contribution to the recording industry, Slim Whitman was given the accolade of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Just Loving You - Slim Whitman - 40 All Time Greats at Vine Street.
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. It was not until McCartney saw a picture of Whitman playing left-handed that he re-strung Just Loving You - Slim Whitman - 40 All Time Greats guitar so that he too could play left-handed.
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