Born Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr., the country singer first found fame in the early 1950s. His first hit was “Love Song of the Waterfall,” which was followed by an even bigger single, “Indian Love Call.” In the 1950s and 1960s, Whitman joined the Grand Ole Opry and had hits in both the United States and Europe. “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “Unchain My Heart” and “I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen” were further hits throughout these decades.
Whitman continued producing music and touring through the 1980s, making it to number 15 on the charts with 1980’s “When.” Although the singer was less active in the 1990s, Whitman’s voice became familiar to some new audiences when his song, “Indian Love Song,” was able to make Martian heads explode in 1996’s “Mars Attacks!”
The singer’s son-in-law, Roy Beagle, announced that the singer had died of heart failure in Florida on Wednesday (June 19)
You can listen to “Indian Love Song” here: