Family: Country Singer Slim Whitman Dies At Age 90

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Country singer Slim Whitman has died at the age of 90 in Florida.

His son-in-law, Roy Beagle, says Whitman died Wednesday of heart failure.

Whitman's career began in the late 1940s, and his tenor falsetto and ebony mustache and sideburns became global trademarks. They were also an inspiration for countless jokes thanks to the ubiquitous 1980s and 1990s TV commercials that pitched his records.

He was a serious musical influence on early rock. In the British Isles, he was known as a pioneer of country music for popularizing the style there. Whitman also encouraged a teen Elvis Presley when the young singer made his professional debut.


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