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Slim Whitman Has A Birthday Today


He has an unusual voice: Country Singer Slim Whitman, born on January 20, 1924 in Tampa, Florida (real name Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr.) He is one of the most successful, influential – and yet, most unknown country music artists in the world. Colonel Parker, later manager for Elvis Presley, discovered Slim in 1948 and helped him to get an RCA contract. Slim is an excellent yodeller and so in 1949 the cowboy yodel song “I’m Casting My Lasso Towards The Sky” came out. In 1950 he lost the RCA contract since his singles did not sell very well. So he went to the indie label Imperial Records and “Love Song Of The Waterfall” hit the top 10 list of the Billboards. His break-thru came 1952 when “Indian Love Call” was published and he received a golden award for it. This high voice coming from this huge man surprised everybody who had the pleasure in seeing him in concert. During the 60s and the 70s he went on tours in Europe, also performing many times for the Troops of the US Army in Germany. He became a real superstar in the United Kingdom. Audience there loved him and even today you can purchase his CDs with old songs not available anywhere else anymore. He was the first country and western singer who had a show in the London Palladium and sold more than 60 million copies of his songs. Today he lives on his “Woodpecker Paradise” close to Middleburg, Florida. He does have a star on the very famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame. And it is time now to make him a member of The Country Music Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday, Slim! Patty Patrick RadioSt.Florian am Inn

In the 50s and the 60s many of his romantic ballads were published.

News supplied by our Independent European Reporter Patty Patrick January, 2012  Patty Patrick Radio St. Florian am Inn

New Opry Park Good News For Independent Artists?

Dolly Parton, Gaylord Opryland announce new Nashville amusement park

Water, snow amusement park planned for land off Briley Parkway

(Nashville, TN) Dolly Parton & Gaylord Entertainment are joining together to build a new theme park in Nashville across from the Opryland Hotel.

On her birthday, Dolly Parton partnered with Gaylord Entertainment Co. to announce what they say will be a gift to Nashville: a new water-and-snow amusement park near Gaylord’s Opryland hotel.

The park would replace the long-gone Opryland theme park and give a boost to Nashville’s leisure travel tourism industry.

“This is going to be so special,” Parton said at an early afternoon announcement. “It’s a gift for everybody.”
The facility will be a water park during warmer months and will manufacture snow in colder months, similar to the Snow Mountain attraction at Stone Mountain Park outside Atlanta.

Phase One will involve a $50 million development on half of about 110 acres into the first water and snow park in the country, officials involved in the project said.

The yet-to-be-named park would open no later than the spring of 2014, with a hope of employing up to 450 people and drawing 500,000 visitors in the first year.

Mayor Karl Dean, described by Parton as her “other husband” because the men share the same name, said the project demonstrates that Nashville is “unstoppable as a tourist destination.”

Dean later gave Parton flowers for her birthday.

Asked about incentives, Gov. Bill Haslam said the state will look at road improvements and FastTrack infrastructure grants and Dean said the city will look at helping with infrastructure and marketing. Details are not finalized.

Gaylord chairman and CEO Colin Reed said closing the original Opryland theme park was a bad idea. He said he spent his first year as CEO fielding letters of complaint.

Herschend Family Entertainment, Parton’s partner in the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., also lists Stone Mountain Park as one of its properties.
Gaylord owns 129 acres near Two Rivers Baptist Church across Briley Parkway from the Opryland Resort & Convention Center. Metro government has already approved a special zoning district for the property, which Gaylord started acquiring more than five years ago.

Who is Herschend Family Entertainment?

It’s unclear whether Atlanta-based Herschend Family Entertainment Corp. will have a role in the new park. The company bills itself as “the largest family-owned theme-park corporation” and owns, operates or manages 26 “themed entertainment properties” in 10 states. Among them are the Dollywood theme park and Dollywood’s Splash Country water park in Pigeon Forge; Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta, including water and snow parks; Wild Adventures theme park, Valdosta, Ga.; Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo.; and Elitch Gardens, a theme park in downtown Denver that the company manages. Herschend’s first property in Tennessee was the Gold Rush Junction Park in Pigeon Forge, which it purchased in 1976 and reopened as Silver Dollar City. In 1986, Dolly Parton became a partner in that operation, which was renamed Dollywood. The company was founded in 1950 when Hugo and Mary Herschend leased Marvel Cave, near Branson, and opened it as a tourist attraction. In 1960, the company added the first Silver Dollar City park at the cave site, featuring an 1880s-themed village. Among the current owners are Jack and Pete Herschend, who both live in Branson. Herschend Family Entertainment already has a link to the Nashville area: Joel Manby, the company’s president and chief executive officer, was a 20-year General Motors executive, and was part of the start-up team for the automaker’s Saturn brand, which was based in Spring Hill. He was responsible for setting up Saturn’s unique marketing and distribution system. Later, he became CEO of Saab Automobile USA, under GM’s ownership. Besides the Dollywood site, there are Herschend-operated water parks in Valdosta, Denver, Buffalo, N.Y., and Branson, and a snow park at the Stone Mountain Park in Atlanta. The company also operates aquariums in Newport, Ky., and Camden, N.J.; tours in cable-car-style buses in San Francisco; and “duck” amphibious-vehicle tours in Branson, Newport, San Francisco, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The company now has about 10,000 employees.

The Tennessean was the first news outlet to break news of this new amusement park and will continue to update this story.

This article supplied by Marty Martel

Patty Patrick From Austria Writes Poems for Us

Another world-class poem written especially for you by our Internationally acclaimed Poet and friend Patty Patrick, for all our wonderful WHISNews21 visitors. We sincerely hope that you enjoy reading Patty’s poem’s as much as we are proud to publish her poem’s.


I like deep blue seas, the story about birds and bees,

the sun rising in the morning, a camp fire that is warming,

and panda bears eating bamboo.

But more than anything



I like stars at night and days without a fight.

I like cuddling up in soft chairs, a house without stairs.

And sometimes I do not have a clue

why most of all



I do not need a reason. My feelings have no season,

are not dependent on the weather, have no switch for hot and cold.

Love does not need to be controlled.

It is just wonderful to be together.

It is true – most of all



Thank you for these tender hours, for the bouquet of flowers,

for good and bad in all those years, for laughter and for tears.

We shared it all and none of us did fall.

We’re a fantastic crew.

I know you love me


I do not want to wait until it is too late to let you know


that I do LOVE YOU so.

© Patty Patrick


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