Slim Whitman: The Haunting High Tenor of Country

Were you a late-night television-watching insomniac in the early 1980s? If so, you undoubtedly remember all those commercials that peddled “Not Sold in Any Store!” record albums and cassette tapes by a singer you’d never heard of whose most distinguishing features were a pencil-thin mustache, outlandishly flared sideburns and a towering lacquered widow’s peak. He  warbled country ballads in a mellifluous high voice, occasionally breaking into a full-throttle yodel that put Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music to shame. …

Van Cliburn: 7 Things He and Elvis Had in Common

In the mid-to-late 1950s, there were two young men in their early 20s – one born in Mississippi, the other in Louisiana – who not only climbed meteorically to the top of the musical world but caused a sensation with their flamboyant hairstyles and matinee-idol looks. One of them, of course, was Elvis Presley, the hip-wiggling singer whose energetic synthesis of country and rhythm-and-blues was potent enough to wow all the teenagers watching him on grainy black-and-white TVs. The other …