Otis Dewey Whitman Jnr., 20 January 1924, Tampa, Florida, USA. As a child, Whitmans 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 familys local church, the Church of the Brethren, and it was here, in 1938, that he met the new ministers daughter, Geraldine Crisp. After borrowing $10 from his mother for the...
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