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.
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.