Slim Whitman

Genres: Country & Bluegrass Holiday & Seasonal
Descriptive "tags": country classic country oldies yodel male vocalists 50s Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Otis Dewey Whitman Jnr., 20 January 1924, Tampa, Florida, USA. As a child, Whitman’s stutter was ridiculed by other children and consequently, he left school as soon as he could. Even though his stutter is now cured, he has never cared for public speaking and says little during his stage act. Several members of his family were musical and he became interested in Jimmie Rodgers’ recordings when he discovered that he too could yodel. After leaving school, he worked in a meat-packing plant where he lost part of a finger, which, several years later, led to him turning a guitar tutor upside down and learning to play left-handed. He later remarked, ‘ Paul McCartney saw me in Liverpool and realized that he too could play the guitar left-handed.’ Whitman sang at his family’s local church, the Church of the Brethren, and it was here, in 1938, that he met the new minister’s daughter, Geraldine Crisp. After borrowing $10 from his mother for the...

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