In 2003, Rob Zombie used Whitman's song "I Remember You" in his
movie directorial debut in House
of 1000 Corpses.
first major hit, Love Song of the Waterfall, came in 1952 and 25 years later it became part of the soundtrack of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
In 1956 he became the first ever country music singer to perform at the London Palladium.
Soon after, Whitman was invited to join the Grand Ole Opry
, and in 1957, along with other musical stars, he
appeared in the film musical Jamboree.
Despite this exposure, he
never achieved the level of stardom in the United States that he
did in Britain, where he
had a number of other hits during the 1950s.
Throughout the early 1970s, he
continued to record and was a guest on Wolfman Jack's television show The Midnight Special.
Other special guest heavy hitters include Roger Cook, Anthony Smith, Shannon Lawson, Larry Redmon, Pino Squillace, Jon Nicholson, Sammy Hudson, Dan Daly, ISHI, Daisy Mallory, The Band 13, Robbie Boyd, Dillon Dixon, Cory Fox Fardell, Stephen Carey, Chas Sandford, Blue Miller, James House
, bree, Natasha Borzilova, Lotte Mullan, Paul Steel, Matt May, Mark Hill, Jessica Sharman, Jackie Wilson, TJ Howard, Allen McKendree, Travis Gilbert, Stewart Mann and the Statesboro Revue.