The Slim Whitman story is one of the most amazing stories in entertainment
history. His style of singing matches that of his lifesimple, clean,
mellow. His performance and standards have remained remarkably consistent
throughout his career of more than 30 years. For the most part, he takes
songs that have been long established as favorites and adapts them
to his unique ability to sustain a high tenor vibrato sound. The result
is a phenomenon known around the world as Whitmania.
Whitmania had a small but solid beginning in the late forties and early fifties
when Slim landed singing jobs on the radio and the Louisiana Hayride and
had a couple of his recordings make the top ten pop music chart. Then in the
mid-fifties his song "Rose Marie" took England by a storm, setting
the record in that country for the single with the longest tenure at
the top of the best-seller charts. While his popularity waned in the US,
it soared to remarkable proportions abroad.
Now Whitmania is enjoying a phenomenal resurgence in America. And for the
first time the full Slim Whitman story has been written. Mr. Songman gives
the never before revealed facts of Slim's childhood and early adult years.
It tells of his marriage to Geraldine "Jerry" Christ and the close family
relationships they have enjoyed over a period of forty years. It details
Slim's early struggles to be an entertainer and the singer's feelings
and involvements on the road to stardom. There are entertaining anecdotes
from his association with other well-known performers including
Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Faron Young and David Houston.
Slim Whitman's fans and critics alike will find Mr. Songman helpful insight
into the man and his mystique. They will also discover a rarityan
entertainer who has not been spoiled by the glamour of the footlights!
Kenneth L. Gibble is a communications specialist and free lance writer in Harrisburg,
Pa. An ordained minister, he is associate pastor of Ridgeway Community Church
of the Brethren. He has two previous books, Yeast, Salt and Secret Agents and
Becoming God's People, has published articles in more than forty different
periodicals and has written several nationally-aired radio spots. He is
married to Ann Earhart Gibble and has one daughter, Kane.