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Monday, January 21, 2008

Slim Whitman dies at 84

UPDATE!!! Mr.Whitman is still with us! Read the rest of this GREAT NEWS by clicking HERE!




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Country artist Slim Whitman died today at the age of 84. Though he was once known as "America's Favorite Folksinger," Whitman achieved more fame in Europe than in the United States. Best remembered for his early-'50s hit singles like "Love Song of the Waterfall," "Indian Love Call," and "Singing Hills," he was an excellent yodeler known for singing mellow, romantic and clean-cut songs.

"Love Song of the Waterfall," which became his breakthrough hit, peaked at #10 on the country charts; the follow-up single, "Indian Love Call," made him a star, peaking at number two on the country charts and crossing over into the pop Top Ten. You may recall "Indian Love Call" actually saving the world in the 1996 movie "Mars Attacks!", where it proved fatal to the invading Martians.

Indian Love Call


Both sides of his next single -- "Keep It a Secret" / "My Heart Is Broken in Three" -- were also major hits and he continued to have a string of Top Ten hits into the mid-'50s, including "Tumbling Tumbleweeds," "Unchain My Heart," and "I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen." In 1965, he bounced back into the country Top Ten with "More Than Yesterday."

More Than Yesterday


For the next few years, he had a series of minor country hits, including "Rainbows Are Back in Style" (1968), "Happy Street" (1968) and "Tomorrow Never Comes" (1970). Throughout the early '70s, he continued to have minor hits, but in 1974, he retired from active recording. For his contribution to the recording industry, Whitman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine Street. In 2003, Rob Zombie used his song "I Remember You" in his directoral debut House of 1000 Corpses.

I Remember You (Intro by Andy Kaufman)


Apparently there is still some mystery regarding whether Mr.Whitman has passed or not. The following was on Wikipedia earlier, but has since vanished. If I receive information that he still alive I will post a follow up/retraction:

Slim Whitman
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10 Comments:

Blogger Jim Myrick said...

What is your souce on his death ? I don't think he has died !

title="comment permalink">January 21, 2008 10:50 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Who's Alive and Who's Dead?

title="comment permalink">January 21, 2008 10:58 PM  
Blogger Jim Myrick said...

Just called wsm in nashville, tn. can not confirm the report.

title="comment permalink">January 21, 2008 11:54 PM  
Blogger mrtee said...

Loren Knapp, longtime friend of Slim's and president of the Slim Whitman Collectors International, stated that he talked to Slim on the day after he "died" and reported that Slim said he felt like he was 40 again.

title="comment permalink">January 22, 2008 12:35 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I have concluded that his demise was falsely reported, and have updated the header of this post. As I find out more, I will fill in the blanks. If anyone has any info for me, I would greatly appreciate your passing it on to me.

title="comment permalink">January 22, 2008 2:36 PM  
Blogger Jim Myrick said...

I have verification that Slim is still alive.
***message***
Slim is fine we were in contact with him yesterday. He said he feels like he's forty and has lost weight.
Loren Knapp President Slim Whitman Collectors International

title="comment permalink">January 22, 2008 8:06 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

I've had two people forward that to me now.

title="comment permalink">January 22, 2008 9:00 PM  
Blogger theswampman said...

Slim lives not far from me in Middleburg (near Jacksonville), Florida. He is alive AND well, I assure you!!

title="comment permalink">January 23, 2008 1:41 PM  
Blogger John Good said...

Thank you, Swampman!

title="comment permalink">January 23, 2008 2:43 PM  
Blogger Gautam said...

Please delete this post. Slim is still rocking!!!

http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&ct=us/0-0&fp=47b2eb92a182abdc&ei=oQ-yR8vLHJTazATNwZjEDQ&url=http%3A//www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/article/whitman%2520im%2520not%2520dead_1058821&cid=0&sig2=YXD42Lp39_7RzfIjvC-HCw

title="comment permalink">February 12, 2008 4:30 PM  

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