Sunday 24 September 2017

Country legend Slim Whitman dies aged 90

Terry Spencer Miami

Country star Slim Whitman has died. The high-pitched yodeller who sold millions of records through ever-present TV ads in the 1980s and 1990s and whose song saved the world in the film 'Mars Attacks!', died at a Florida hospital aged 90.

He died of heart failure at Orange Park Medical Center, his son-in-law Roy Beagle said.

His unique tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks – and an inspiration for countless jokes.

But he was a serious musical influence on early rock, and, he was known as a pioneer of country music for popularising the style in Europe.

Whitman also encouraged a teen Elvis Presley when he was the headliner on the bill and the young singer was making his professional debut.

Whitman recorded more than 65 albums and sold millions of records, including four million of 'All My Best'.

His career spanned six decades, beginning in the late 1940s, but he achieved cult figure status in the 1980s.

Irish Independent

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