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
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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."
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.
Jessie Keith Whitley was born July 1, 1955, in Sandy Hook, Ky. Learning to play guitar at age 6, he appeared on Buddy Starcher`s regional TV show at age 8 and formed a bluegrass band with his friend Ricky Skaggs a few years later. When they were 15, Skaggs and Whitley were asked to play a local show when Ralph Stanley`s entourage was running late. When Stanley heard them, he hired them for his band. They stayed for two summers until Whitley went to work for Carl Jackson in 1972. By 1974, he was back with Stanley, this time singing lead vocals. By then, Whitley had already... Read More
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