Keith Whitley

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Jackie Keith Whitley (July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989), known professionally as Keith Whitley, was an American country music singer. During his career, Whitley charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts.

Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Whitley grew up in nearby Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Whitley began his career there in 1970, performing in Ralph Stanley's band. Establishing himself as a lead singer in bluegrass music, Whitley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1983 and began his recording career there. His first Top 20 Country Hit single, "Miami, My Amy", was released in 1986. While touring for his album L.A. to Miami, he married country singer Lorrie Morgan. In 1988, his first three singles from his studio album Don't Close Your Eyes, the title song, "When You Say Nothing at All" and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" were number-one hits. Several years of alcoholism severely deteriorated his health and he died in 1989 at the age of 34. His later two singles, "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't Nothin'", were released after his death. Whitley continues to influence an entire generation of singers and songwriters.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 L.A. to Miami Keith Whitley 1
1988 Don't Close Your Eyes Keith Whitley 1
1989 I Wonder Do You Think of Me Keith Whitley 1
1991 Kentucky Bluebird Keith Whitley 1
1995 Wherever You Are Tonight Keith Whitley 1
2006 16 Biggest Hits Keith Whitley 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982 Sad Songs & Waltzes Keith Whitley 1
1990 Greatest Hits Keith Whitley 1
1996 The Essential Keith Whitley Keith Whitley 1
1998 Remembered: The Encore Collection Keith Whitley 1
2002 RCA Country Legends Keith Whitley 1
2003 Platinum & Gold Collection Keith Whitley 1
2005 All American Country Keith Whitley 1
Second Generation Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs 2
Super Hits Keith Whitley 1
The Best of Keith Whitley Keith Whitley 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1984 A Hard Act to Follow Keith Whitley 1

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