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Record Details

Artist:Slim Whitman
Label:  London
Catalogue:HL 8061
Date:Oct 1954
Chart Position:1
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Community:21 Own
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ASlim WhitmanRose MarieHarbach, Hammerstein, Friml9.3  Rate
BSlim WhitmanWe Stood At The AltarJ. M. Robinson2.0  Rate


Originally issued on 78 in July 1954.


3rd Mar 2014
 for the Gold label, the thin Tri is pretty common, but the Thick Tri as pictured is just about unfindable as the record wasn't a chart hit until July 1955 so the chart copies were the Gold thin tri. Unlike Indian Love Call there appears to be no 'long thin tri' version. A record that a 20 year old would not like, but older me with the rare thick tri near mint & bright gold now finds it very enchanting as it's a rare variant so it gets played finally. perfection.

3rd Oct 2013
 This is the earliest London American single in my collection. Slim Whitman was a country singer who could sing falsetto and yodel , and although " Rose-Marie " was a phenomenal success in the U.K. ( 11 weeks at no. 1 ) , it only reached no. 22 in America , where he was never as successful as in Britain. Interestingly , he was apparently one of Michael Jackson's favourite singers. Slim Whitman died of heart failure in Florida , aged 90 , on June 19 2013.

Alan Phillips
19th Jun 2013

19th Jun 2013
 RIP Slim Whitman

19th Aug 2012
 Added variant label scans from the silver-top era. These are older than the other silver-top copy, as they lack "The Decca Record Co Ltd" top left.

Did this record never have the usual London information of what US label it was leased from? No scans so far show it.

10th Apr 2012
 Labels from silvertop later pressing added

David M. McKee
26th Jun 2011
 Slim Whitman’s third million-seller was his second song from the 1924 musical Rose Marie to reach this figure (the first was ‘Indian Love Call’ – London HL1149). The words are by Otto Harbach and Oscar Hammerstein II, with music by Rudolf Friml. This disc was a chart-topper in Britain in 1955 for 11 consecutive weeks. It’s a superbly produced single with Slim at his very best. Flip is a country and western filler.

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Linked Releases

Canada - Quality - 1954

New Zealand - London - 1956

Netherlands - London - 1957

Australia - London - 1959

UK - United Artists - 1973

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