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Slim Whitman, country crooner through the decades, dies at 90



Slim Whitman, the country yodeler who sold millions of records in the '80s through TV ads, died Wednesday in Florida. The Tampa-born singer was 90. The cause of death was heart failure, Time reports.

Though his career lasted a more than 60 years, it was his memorable TV commercials in the 1980s that many will remember him for.

"All of a sudden, here comes a guy in a black and white suit, with a mustache and a receding hairline, playing a guitar and singing Rose Marie," Mr. Whitman told the Associated Press in 1991. "That TV ad is the reason I’m still here. It buys fuel for the boat."

Mr. Whitman had several hit songs early in career, including Indian Love Call, Keep It a Secret, Secret Love and More Than Yesterday. In the '80s, he charted with When, That Silver-Haired Daddy of Mine, I Remember You and Can't Help Falling in Love With You.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:32am]


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