Margaret Whiting, Who Spent 17 Weeks at Top of Country Chart, Dies

Margaret Whiting, a prominent big band-era singer who also scored a No. 1 country hit with duet partner Jimmy Wakely on “Slipping Around,” died Monday (Jan. 10). She was 86. Released on Capitol Records in 1949, “Slipping Around” spent 17 weeks at No. 1 on the then newly-introduced “country & western” chart in Billboard. Her musical partnership with Wakely resulted in eight more Top 10 country hits for Capitol through early 1952. Her more familiar recordings include the ballads “Moonlight in Vermont,” “That Old Black Magic,” “It Might as Well Be Spring” and “Come Rain or Come Shine.” A longtime New York City resident, Whiting died at the Lillian Booth Actors’ Home in Englewood, N.J.