Country Singer Slim Whitman Dies Near Jacksonville, Fla.

Jun 19, 2013

Slim Whitman died on Wednesday near Jacksonville, Fla.
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Country singer Slim Whitman has died near Jacksonville, Fla., at age 90. Whitman was best known for his high-pitched yodel and for selling millions of records through TV ads in the '80s and '90s.

Fans of the '90s movie "Mars Attacks!" might remember Slim Whitman’s song "Indian Love Call." When they heard it, the movie’s alien villains’ heads exploded.

Whitman’s falsetto voice, mustache and sideburns inspired countless parodies, as his TV commercials helped him sell millions of records.

Whitman’s career spanned six decades. His music influenced early rock ‘n roll. And he encouraged a teenage Elvis Presley when they toured together, with Whitman as the headliner.

A native of Tampa, he died of heart failure in Orange Park.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.