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Arts & Music

Tampa native, yodeling country singer Slim Whitman dies at 90


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Tampa native Slim Whitman, the country music icon known for his signature yodel, has died at age 90.

Whitman, who had been living in Middleburg, died Wednesday morning at Orange Park Medical Center, according to reports.

Whitman was born in Tampa in 1923 and began his musical career after serving in the Navy during World War II. He went on to sell more than 120 million albums.

The Tampa Tribune described Slim Whitman as "the hillbilly singer who used to yodel on radio station WFLA and played baseball for the Plant City Berries."

He was discovered in 1948 in Tampa by Col. Tom Parker, the manager for Elvis Presley.

Whitman's "Indian Love Call" sold more than a million copies.

In 2010, Whitman released the album, "Twilight on the Trail," his first new studio release in 26 years.

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