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(2005/EMI) 58 tracks 1955-1975 with 16 page booklet more

Slim Whitman: The Collection (2-CD)

(2005/EMI) 58 tracks 1955-1975 with 16 page booklet

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  • Interpret: Slim Whitman

  • Album titlle: The Collection (2-CD)

  • Label EMI

  • Genre Country

  • Year of publication 2005
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0094633421424

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Whitman, Slim - The Collection (2-CD) CD 1
01 Rose Marie
02 Aura Lee
03 Calypso
04 China Doll
05 Moonlight On The Colorado
06 Diane
07 Walk Through This World With Me
08 The Angel Song
09 Room Full Of Roses
10 White Cliffs Of Dover
11 Honeymoon Feelin'
12 Carolina Moon
13 Flower Of Love
14 My Buddy
15 Livin' On Lovin'
16 Blueberry Hill
17 There's A Rainbow In Every Teardrop
18 Dear Heart
19 Everything Leads Back To You
20 Heaven Says Hello
21 These Are My Mountains
22 You've Still Got A Place In My Heart
23 Maybe I'll Cry Over You
24 A Broken Down Merry Go Round
25 I'm A Fool
26 Silver Spurs
27 I Love You A Thousand Ways
28 Poor Little Angeline
29 Red Wing
Whitman, Slim - The Collection (2-CD) CD 2
01 Love Song Of The Waterfall
02 Serenade
03 Goodbye Little Darlin Goodbye
04 Do What You Do, Do Well
05 Cool Water
06 Take Good Care Of Her
07 When It's Harvest Time Sweet Angeline
08 Maria Elena
09 I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen
10 Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me
11 There's A New Moon Over The Shoulder
12 Indian Love Call
13 Snowbird
14 Harbour Lights
15 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
16 Vaya Con Dios
17 What A Friend We Have In Jesus
18 Hello Love
19 Faded Love
20 Be Honest With Me
21 Down The River Of Golden Dreams
22 White Silver Sands
23 Tumbling Tumbleweeds
24 Happy Anniversary
25 Forty Shades Of Green
26 Little Arrows
27 I'd Trade All Of My Tomorrows
28 Whispering Hope
29 Only You And You Alone
Slim Whitman Ottis Dewey Whitman was born January 20, 1924 in Tampa, Florida. His was a... more
"Slim Whitman"

Slim Whitman

Ottis Dewey Whitman was born January 20, 1924 in Tampa, Florida. His was a musical family, although in early years it looked more likely that it would be one of Whitman’s sisters (who sang in church) who would gravitate toward professional music. The tall, lanky Whitman was more interested in baseball, and his father, Ottis, Sr. had ideas that his son might be a major league pitcher. Slim learned to play guitar – left-handed because of an injury to his fretting hand -- and performed for shipmates during his three-year stint in the Navy during the war. On his discharge, he pursued a career in baseball for a time before deciding in 1948, with the enthusiastic support of his wife Jerry, whom he’d married in 1941, to take a stab at a music career.

In 1949, Whitman caught the ear of Colonel Tom Parker, then managing Eddy Arnold, who secured the young singer a contract with RCA Victor. The story has long been told that Whitman was dubbed “Slim” by RCA after he signed with that label in 1949, but a recently uncovered, ultra-rare, limited demo pressing from a few months prior to that proves that he was using the name Slim Whitman before he signed with RCA. At any rate, he recorded ten fascinating but commercially unsuccessful sides with the label over the next year, but was dropped in 1950 and was without a contract when he moved to Shreveport that year to become a regular on the Louisiana Hayride, one of the top weekly country music shows in the nation, a star-breaking rival to Nashville’s famous Grand Ole Opry.

Whitman worked as a postman during the day, and worked the Hayride in addition to his own early morning radio show on KWKH. His distinctive, soaring vocals soon made him one of the show’s most popular attractions; his sound was made even more distinctive when he teamed with guitarist Curly Herndon and, more importantly, steel guitarist Hoot Rains, whose ‘arrows’ behind Whitman’s vocals became a trademark. His rendition of Love Song Of The Waterfall, in particular, attracted widespread regional attention and soon Lew Chudd, who headed the growing West Coast-based independent Imperial Records, came calling and snatched the singer up.

Chudd could be a difficult man, but Whitman was fortunate to sign with him, because Chudd tended to leave his artists alone to find their own sound, choose their own songs; he’d be even more hands off with Whitman than with most, because Whitman wanted it that way and remained defiantly independent, defiantly his own man. Love Song Of The Waterfall  became a hit in the spring of 1952, followed closely by Whitman’s telling revival of Indian Love Call. A string of hits followed, most notably the singer’s versions of two pop songs, Rose Marie and Secret Love. The hits slowed – at least domestically -- with the arrival of rock ‘n’ roll, but Whitman remained a popular artist, particularly overseas. Indeed, in 1956 and 1957 he successfully toured the UK and enjoyed major hits there with Rose Marie and I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen.

By 1960, when this set commences, Whitman had not had a domestic hit since Cattle Call in 1955. He remained a consistent seller for Imperial, more as an LP artist than a singles artist, but as the adult market increasingly gravitated toward the latter format he  nevertheless scored a few hit singles during the period covered in this set.


When the recordings that open this set were made in May 1960, Whitman had been recording in Nashville for a half-decade, with a handful of sessions made elsewhere. Although he remained particularly close with Nashville stalwarts Harold and Owen Bradley and he recorded at Owen’s famous Quonset Hut studio, he had not and never would become a part of the scene. He eschewed insider politics and he remained steadfastly his own man, with his own sound.

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