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Old Jun 20, 2013, 06:39 AM   #1
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Slim Whitman dies at 90

Ah, I remember well the first time I was at work and we were adding a tag to one of his commercials. The control room guys and I all had the same reaction:

"Who???"

And that look. One part Elvis, one part Guy Williams, and one part Colombian drug lord.

People would make fun of that yodeling voice, too, but really, I think most of us joked about Slim Whitman because those commercials suddenly showed up everywhere, as if we were supposed to know who this guy was.

Well, eventually we all did.

I'm not really mocking the guy. Hey, he found a niche and became a minor celebrity. (And he overcame a stuttering problem to do it!) He was probably more successful than you or I will ever be. Good on him!

Godspeed, Slim. I may never have shelled out for one of your albums, but you still gave me a few smiles, and you took the ribbing good-naturedly. Rest in peace.

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Nothing says 70s daytime TV like a commercial for a Slim Whitman album or 8-track.
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