Saturday, November 21, 2020

Slim Whitman - Discography

Slim Whitman

Born: January 20, 1924 - Died: June 19, 2013
Though he was once known as "America's Favorite Folksinger," Slim Whitman was, for the majority of his career, more famous 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," Whitman was an excellent yodeler known for singing mellow, romantic, and clean-cut songs.

As a child, Slim Whitman (born Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr.) became infatuated with music and learned to yodel listening to Montana Slim and Jimmie Rodgers records. At age 17, he married 15-year-old Geraldine Crist, a preacher's daughter. The newlyweds moved to a 40-acre farm south of Jacksonville, Florida, where Whitman worked as a meat packer. While working in the plant, he suffered an accident and lost two fingers on his left hand. After the accident, he began working in a Tampa shipyard. During World War II, Whitman served in the U.S. Navy, where he learned to play guitar. Following the war, he returned to the shipyard and also joined a local minor-league baseball team, the Plant City Berries. Whitman remained with the team through 1948, but then began building a singing career at several Tampa radio stations, eventually creating a backup band, the Variety Rhythm Boys.


Sharat said...

Thank you for this wonderful share. If I may request, please post more of Slim Whitman and Roy Drusky if possible :).

Ozzieguy said...

Hello Sharat,
Thank you for your message to me and I will find more of my Slim Whitman albums out of my studio.
Roy Drusky, yes I will do that one soon.

Sharat said...

Thank you so much.:)