Discovered by Elvis Presley‘s manager ‘Colonel’ Tom Parker in the late 40s, Slim Whitman became known for an easy demeanour, his romantic ballads offset by a reputation as everyone’s favourite ‘yodelling cowboy’.
1952’s Indian Love Call was his first major international hit, the song later appropriated by Tim Burton for 1996 sci-fi flick Mars Attacks!
During a career that spanned six decades, Whitman cut over 65 albums – the last being 2010’s Twilight On The Trail – and shifted some 120 million records.
Until Bryan Adams trumped him in 1991, Slim Whitman held the record for the longest stay at #1 in the UK charts.
Rose Marie held the top spot for eleven weeks in 1955 and was finally knocked off the top by Britain’s own Jimmy Young and his recording of The Man From Laramie.
Slim Whitman passed away in 2013.