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THERE'S AN OLD SPINNING WHEEL
WILLIAMS J.  "BILLY" HILL WROTE THE LYRICS AND MUSIC
IN 1930, FOR   "THERE'S AN OLD SPINNING WHEEL IN THE PARLOR."   THE  41 YEAR-OLD SONGWRITER COMPLETED FIFTEEN SONGS BEFORE HE DIED ON CHRISTMAS EVE, 1940.    IN 1982, HIS NAME WAS ADDED TO THE LIST OF
HIGHEST ACHEIVERS IN THE HALL OF FAME.
SLIM WHITMAN IS A LEFT-HANDED GUITAR PICKER-PLAYER NOT BY CHOICE. 
HE LOST TWO FINGERS IN
A MEAT PACKING PLANT ACCIDENT LONG BEFORE
HE LEARNED TO PLAY A GUITAR.  WHILE HE WAS IN THE NAVY DURING WWII, HE LEARNED TO PICK N' PLAY.

AFTER HE CAME HOME FROM THE SERVICE,  HE PLAYED BASEBALL FOR A CLASS C 
OTTIS DEWEY WHITMAN,  POSTMAN,  BASEBALL PITCHER, AND A SATURDAY AFTERNOON CROONER BECAME AN INSTANT RECORDING STAR. COUNTRIES THROUGHOUT
THE UNITED KINGDOM  AND AUSTRALIA LOVED SLIM WHITMAN.  THEY BOUGHT ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING
HE SANG.  HE WAS IN DEMAND THROUGHOUT EUROPE. 

IN THE USA, ONLY TWO OF HIS 230 SONGS HE RECORDED EVEN MADE IT INTO THE TOP 40 CHARTS.  "INDIAN LOVE CALL" AND "ROSE MARIE"  FAIRED WELL IN THE STATES.  WHITMAN HAD LITTLE FAITH IN THE USA SUPPORTING
HIS CAREER.  HE WORKED PART TIME AS A MAILMAN.

IN THE 1980s AND 90s, WHITMAN COMBINED HIS SONGS INTO ALBUMS.  HE RETIRED FROM ACTIVE RECORDING.   HIS FIRST ALBUM WAS A MILLION SELLER.  ALL ALBUMS HE PRODUCED AFTER THAT WENT WELL OVER A MILLION IN SALES. 
FINALLY, THE USA SUPPORTED THIS
SILVER-VOICED MAILMAN!

SEE MUSIC SECTION #5  "MOCKIN' BIRD HILL."
DLS   9-29-02
There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor,
Spinning dreams of the long, long ago.
Spinning dreams of an old fashioned garden,
And a maid with her old fashioned beau.

Sometimes it seems that I can hear her in the twilight,
At the organ softly singing "Old Black Joe."
There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor,
Spinning dreams of the long, long a go.




Sometimes it seems that I can hear her in the twilight,
At the organ softly singing "Old Black Joe."
There's an old spinning wheel in the parlor,
Spinning dreams of the long, long a go.
TAMPA TEAM ON HIS OFF DUTY HOURS FROM HIS POST OFFICE JOB.  HE SANG ON A LOCAL RADIO STATION ON WEEKENDS.  HE WAS A BUSY MAN!

IN 1948, COLONEL TOM PARKER HEARD WHITMAN SING.  HE SAW  DOLLARS AS HE HEARD THAT SMOOTH VOICE.  PARKER SECURED A RECORDING CONTRACT WITH RCA FOR HIS NEW PROTEGE`.   PARKER CHANGED WHITMAN'S NAME TO "SLIM."