Keith Whitley

Born Jul 1, 1954

Jackie Keith Whitley, known professionally as Keith Whitley, was an American country music singer. Whitley's brief career in mainstream country music lasted from 1984 until his death in 1989, but he continues to influence an entire generation of singers and songwriters.… Read More

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1954 Birth Born on July 1, 1954.


1969 15 Years Old In 1969 he performed in a musical contest in Ezel, Kentucky, with brother Dwight on five-string banjo. … Read More


1974 20 Years Old Whitley became lead singer for Stanley in 1974. … Read More
1983 29 Years Old He moved to Nashville in 1983 to pursue a country music career and soon signed a record deal with RCA Records.


1984 30 Years Old Whitley's first solo album, A Hard Act to Follow, was released in 1984, and featured a more mainstream country style. … Read More
1986 32 Years Old 1 More Event
L.A. to Miami, released in 1986, would give him his first Top 20 country hit single, "Miami, My Amy". … Read More
1987 33 Years Old During the new recording sessions in 1987, Whitley started feeling that the songs he was doing were not up to his standards, so he approached RCA and asked if the project of 15 songs could be shelved. … Read More
In early 1989, Whitley approached Sony Music Nashville chairman Joe Galante with the intention of releasing I Never Go Around Mirrors as a single. … Read More
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