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Country Singer Slim Whitman Dead at Age 89

Image courtesy of Slimenet.com (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Slimenet.com (via ABC News Radio)

Country singer Slim Whitman died at age 89 Wednesday in Jacksonville, FL. Best known for his 1952 hit, "Indian Love Call," Whitman joined the Grand Ole Opry cast in 1955.  He earned a string of top 10 hits between 1952 and 1971, including his final hits, "Guess Who" and "Something Beautiful (to Remember)."

Whitman was also a star overseas with his single "Rose Marie" spending 11 weeks at #1 in England in 1954.  His song, "Closer to the Waterfall," was used in the 1977 film Close Encounters of the Third Kind , and "Indian Love Call" was featured in the 1996 movie Mars Attacks!

Whitman was also widely known for selling his albums via telemarketing in the 1980s. That effort reportedly led to millions of album sales.

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