Slim Whitman passes

By on June 19, 2013

Slim Whitman / Ottis Dewey Whitman, Jr. (b. January 20, 1923 – June 19, 2013) dies at age 90.

You’ve seen the ads on TV where they claim that Slim has sold more records that Elvis and the Beatles.

Slim Whitman was an American country and western singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, known for his yodeling abilities and smooth high octave falsetto. He sold in excess of 120 million records.

He was consistently more popular throughout Europe, and in particular Britain, than in his native America – especially with his covers of pop standards, movie songs, love songs, folk tunes and gospel melodic hymns. His 1955 hit single “Rose Marie” held the Guinness World Record for the longest time at number 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

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