Here’s a sad movie trivia obituary. Slim Whitman, renowned folk yodeler, died today at age 89. Though not exactly a beloved or legendary musician, Slim Whitman has a small place in film lore. In the climactic scene of Tim Burton’s 1996 movie Mars Attacks! (DVD 4555), Whitman’s “Indian Love Call” is used by the military as the ultimate weapon to defeat the Martian invaders.
Maybe that’s a silly legacy for a singer with a career spanning eight decades, especially considering the movie isn’t that flattering towards Whitman’s yodeling. But if there’s a way he’ll be remembered decades from now when yodeling is even more out of style, it’s through Mars Attacks!