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Jackie Keith Whitley (July 1, 1955 – May 9, 1989), known professionally as Keith Whitley, was an American country music singer. During his short career, Whitley charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts. Wikipedia

Age: 34 (age at death)
Born: 1st July, 1954, Ashland, Kentucky, USA
Died: 9th May, 1989, Nashville, Tennessee, USA
Height: Height Unknown
Nationality: American

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Don't Close Your Eyes

Don't Close Your Eyes (1988)

Don't Close Your Eyes is the second studio album by country music artist Keith Whitley. It was released in 1988 by RCA Records. The album includes the singles "Would These Arms Be in Your Way" and "Some Old Side Road," followed by three straight Number One country hits in "Don't Close Your Eyes," "When You Say Nothing at All", and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain." Also included is a cover of Lefty Frizzell's 1973 single "I Never Go Around Mirrors."

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He died on May 9, 1989. The cause of death was alcohol poisoning, and the coroner report stated that his blood alcohol level was .477 (five times over the legal limit to drive.) He was 33.


Keith Whitley was a longtime alcoholic, who had begun drinking early in his career at Bluegrass concerts -- long before he was legally allowed to drink alcohol.

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas

Blake Shelton's Not So Family Christmas (2012)

Blake Shelton hosts his first Christmas special, a star-studded event including both music and comedy.


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Doc - actually his first name was jesse his son is Jesse Keith Whitley jr. he was born and raised in Sandy hook Kentucky buteverything else is pretty good (5 years ago)
Sharon - I found another error. Keith was born on July 1, 1954, not 1955. That is an easy mistake because of an error made on a birth certificate reissued to Keith in the late `70s. It even has the year of his birth on his tombstone as 1955. But his mother says he was born in 1954, and she would know. Keith was 17 days older than Ricky Skaggs. Keith was 34 when he died, not 33. (6 years ago)
Sharon - I know this bio came from imdb, but there were several glaring errors. First, Keith`s first name was Jackie. Jesse Keith Whitley is Keith`s son. Second, he was not born in Sandy Hook, he was born in Ashland, KY. He grew up in Sandy Hook. Lastly, he died on May 9, 1989--not May 8, 1989. (6 years ago)

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