Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. (January 20, 1923 – June 19, 2013), professionally known by the stage name Slim Whitman, was an American country music singer-songwriter and guitarist known for his yodeling abilities and his smooth, high, three-octave-range falsetto in a style christened as “countrypolitan”. He personally stated that he had sold in excess of 120 million records, although the recorded sales figures give 70 million, during a career that spanned over seven decades, and consisted of a prolific output of over 100 albums and around 500 recorded songs, that not only consisted of country music, but also of contemporary gospel, Broadway show tunes, love songs and standards. In the 1950s, Whitman toured with Elvis Presley as the opening act.[failed verification] In the 1990s and 2000s a new generation was exposed to Whitman through his songs featured in the film Mars Attacks!; his famed “Indian Love Call” would kill the invading Martians every time the record was played and his rendition of “I Remember You” was heard in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses.
Also Known As
O. D. Whitman Slim Whitman The Smilin' Starduster
Byron Whitman, Virginia Lee, Harold Bradley, Elvis Presley (toured with), Chet Atkins.
Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr.
Country and Western music, folk music, easy listening Contemporary Christian music
RCA Victor, Imperial, London, United Artists, Epic, Suffolk, Rangehood
Singer songwriter musician
Touring 1945 2003; recording 1948-1983, 2002
United States of America