|Birth: ||Nov. 25, 1932|
|Death: ||Apr. 27, 2001|
Charlie Applewhite, known as "the little man with the big voice," was a crooner from Fort Worth famous for his 1950s hits.
Mr. Applewhite, a baritone singer who appeared on radio and television shows and once performed for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, died Friday at a Plano nursing home of complications from a stroke he suffered in February. He was 68.
Private services were Monday.
Mr. Applewhite sang professionally when he was 10 in a movie theater in Fort Worth. A graduate of Paschal High School, he left for New York City in his youth, determined to make it in show business as a Frank Sinatra-style singer.
He demanded an audition when he barged into Milton Berle's office, said his daughter, Dawn Applewhite of Houston. The entertainer agreed simply to appease him but ended up signing him to a contract, and Mr. Applewhite quickly became a regular on Mr. Berle's TV show.
His hits during the 1950s included "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Ebb Tide" and "I Love Paris."
Mr. Applewhite also appeared on shows hosted by Ed Sullivan and Jackie Gleason.
When he served in the Army from 1956 to 1958, he played host to a New York-based radio program with guests such as Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney and Tony Bennett.
In September 1961, Mr. Applewhite, who also operated the Gaslite Club in Dallas for several months, survived a plane crash in Midland that killed his second wife and an oilman.
He moved from New York in 1965 and worked in Lafayette, La., for the next two years until he retired from show business.
"He regarded Elvis - and pretty much all rock singers - as the enemy," Ms. Applewhite said. "He felt they were responsible for ending his success."
In 1967, Mr. Applewhite returned to Fort Worth and established an office-supply business.
Mr. Applewhite was a licensed pilot and loved to fish, his daughter said. And he occasionally liked to embarrass his children by singing in restaurants and during public outings, Ms. Applewhite said.
Other survivors include his sons, Martin Applewhite of Arlington and John Applewhite of Houston; another daughter, Lisa Applewhite of Dallas; and a brother, Bill Brimer of Mabank, Texas.
Dallas Morning News, The (TX)
Date: May 2, 2001
Charles Newton Applewhite (1892 - 1969)
Wynona Brown Applewhite (1902 - 1983)
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