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Wed, 10 Aug 2005

Vintage Collections: Slim Whitman
Vintage Collections: Slim Whitman I thought I was so smart at 25. Thought I knew it all, especially when it came to American culture. If I didn't know it, it clearly wasn't worth knowing.

Which may explain my shock when at that age I found myself on an extended trip to London and encountered nightly television commercials for records by some weird guy named Slim Whitman. First, I wasn't ready for the idea that the Brits, the people who'd given us Shakespeare and Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who? and Monty Python, might like country music. Even worse, what was the deal with this dude's yodeling? What was that all about? That the ads described Whitman as a big star in the UK confused and horrified me even more. Warm beer I could learn to like. But country music? With yodeling? Never!

It would be years before I heard Whitman's name again, and in an even more bizarre context. Of course, by then I'd learned that there were more things on heaven and earth than were dreamt of in my philosophy. I'd even discovered the appeal of yodeling, at least when done by Riders in the Sky's Ranger Doug. So maybe it's time to give Slim Whitman another try. After all, I learned to like warm beer. And he did save us from those Martians...

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