Opry Member Slim Whitman Passes
June 20, 2013 at 10:36 AM (PT)
ALL ACCESS sends condolences to the family of actor, singer and GRAND OLE OPRY member SLIM WHITMAN, who passed away YESTERDAY (6/19) at the age of 90.
WHITMAN, whose yodeling vocal style brought him success primarily in EUROPE and whose compilation album commercials touting his British album sales as bigger than the BEATLES (while GEORGE HARRISON cited his guitar playing as an early influence) became a cultural phenomenon in the '70s, died of heart failure at ORANGE PARK MEDICAL CENTER in FLORIDA. His biggest hit in AMERICA was 1952's "Indian Love Call," but WHITMAN had several other Country chart hits in the U.S.; in the U.K., he topped the charts with "Rose Marie" in 1954. He appeared on the soundtrack to the 1996 TIM BURTON film "MARS ATTACKS" and released his final album, "Twilight on the Trail," in 2010.
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