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Eddy Arnold
Slim Whitman dies at 90; TV sales gave country singer new fame

The down-on-his-luck singer sat on the steps of Nashville's famed Grand Ole Opry, bemoaning the job he'd just lost at a radio station, when out walked country legend Hank Williams. The celebrated but troubled singer and songwriter, who had just been fired from the Louisiana Hayride radio show in 1949, suggested they apply for each other's former jobs. "Just go down there and give them all you've got," Williams told cowboy balladeer Slim Whitman, who died Wednesday of heart failure outside Jacksonville, Fla. He was 90. His death was announced by his son-in-law, Roy Beagle. Williams' advice worked out beautifully for Whitman, the yodeling singer who...