Available for freelance writing commissions on a variety of subjects including family history, nostalgic Belfast and its famous people, shops, shoppers & shopping (40 years in retailing), the golden age of Hollywood (including westerns) and humorous pieces on life's weird and wonderful. Op-eds, columns, non-fiction book reviews too.
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I have a portfolio of features, reviews, poetry and short fiction published in all sorts of places - Belfast Telegraph, Tribune, Ireland's Own, Dalhousie Review, Fairlight Books, Reader's Digest, Reality, Lapwing Poetry, Ink, Sweat & Tears, Spillwords, Dear Reader, Amethyst Review, to name a selection. Oh, and the odd BBC radio contribution.
This is a series of very short items that have nothing to do with the current news agenda. Swift diversions for a moment or two.
Apropos of Nothing #63 – 19 June 2013
Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr. (better known as Slim Whitman) was born on 20 January, 1923 and died at 90 on 19 June, 2013.
He specialised in country, western and folk music and sold nearly 100 million records during his career.
Back in the day when our family record collection was dominated by showbands and country music, Slim Whitman was one of the favourites.
An easy listening vocal style and a signature yodel made him stand out from some of the other country greats in the LP stack, including Hank Locklin and Hank Snow.
Whitman’s many hits included Rose Marie, Indian Love Call, Beautiful Dreamer, Cattle Call and I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen.
For his major contribution to the recording industry, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In the 1996 film Mars Attacks! director Tim Burton used Whitman’s Indian Love Call as an effective weapon against the invading Martians.