Keith Whitley
American singer
Keith Whitley
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.
Biography
Keith Whitley's personal information overview.
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Hats Off! Nashville Music Scene Looking Cosmopolitan - The Ledger
Google News - over 5 years
The Internet doesn't turn up much more of him beyond that song and some carefully chosen covers: George Jones, Keith Whitley and the like. In the video for "Mr. Bartender," his head is bare: He looks like he could use a cowboy hat
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In Nashville, Luke Bryan and Others Forgo Cowboy Hats
NYTimes - over 5 years
PACK up the 10-gallon hats and the dirty, worn-thin Wranglers: the tough guys lost. This month “Tailgates & Tanlines” (Capitol Nashville), the third album by the country singer Luke Bryan, made its debut atop the Billboard country charts. Like his previous releases, it’s full of genial and only slightly dusty country, with
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Ben Parker Project to compete in Battle of the Bands in Tennessee - The Decatur Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Culminating the event is the Saturday concert featuring Montgomery Gentry, Worley with Jesse Keith Whitley, the Tony Bridges Band and the Battle of the Bands winner. The Ben Parker Project will vie for that spot Saturday at Bumpus Harley-Davidson of
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Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice New Band Member, Chris Davis - Cybergrass
Google News - over 5 years
He was influenced not only by family, but other bluegrass musicians and singers as well, such as Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Red Allen and Keith Whitley. Chris has endured many personal obstacles over the years. One of these many obstacles was the
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Bands, volunteers line up to join Worley for Tennessee River Run - Jackson Sun
Google News - over 5 years
17 is Country Music Night, when the Tony Bridges Band, the 2011 Battle of the Bands winner, Montgomery Gentry, Jesse Keith Whitley and Worley will perform. River Run promoters hope to achieve an attendance record this year, said Courtney Goolsby,
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The Boxcars On Track with Top IBMA Award Nominations - Cybergrass
Google News - over 5 years
Almost immediately he was drawn to the music of such greats as Tony Rice, Keith Whitley, the Bluegrass Album Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Ricky Skaggs, and he soon began playing with various local and regional bands
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Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at Ravinia | Concert preview - Time Out Chicago
Google News - over 5 years
Keith Whitley drank himself to death. Clint Black wasted all his good songs early. Reba morphed into the country & western Liza Minnelli. Of the class of 1986–89, the only country artist to maintain dignity, consistency and chops is the scarecrow-esque
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Bradley Gaskin's New Traditionalism - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
His frame of reference is the world of George Jones, Conway Twitty, George Strait, the late Keith Whitley and Merle Haggard. He sings timeless, raw honky-tonk ballads, the kind that tended to get buried in recent years. This is his first single: "Mr
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NEW MUSIC: Jesse Keith Whitley - 'Kentucky Thunder' - MusicRemedy
Google News - over 5 years
Jesse Keith Whitley is the song of Keith Whitley who was an American country music singer. "Kentucky Thunder" is the new single from his debut album. Country artist Jesse Keith Whitley released the "Kentucky Thunder" song in August, 2011
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The Charlie Sizemore Band On Mountain Stage - NPR
Google News - over 5 years
A clear, crisp tenor, Sizemore spent nine years as a singer for Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, directly following in the footsteps of country star Keith Whitley. Sizemore's set includes the lighthearted "No Lawyers in Heaven" and "Alison's
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Scotty McCreery performs at RBC Center tonight - News & Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Concert-goers also can expect a duet between Lauren and Scotty on "When You Say Nothing At All," the country song previously performed by both Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss. At previous stops, Scotty has been soloing on Thompson Square's "Are You
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Jamey Johnson/ Merle Haggard to Perform at Von Braun Center, 7/30 - Broadway World
Google News - over 5 years
... classic old country music regularly performs oldies in his stage shows, including Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," Vern Gosdin's "Set 'Em Up Joe," Mel Tillis's "Mental Revenge" and "Lonely at the Top" co-written by the late Keith Whitley
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Jessica Lea Mayfield On Sad Songs: "I Don't Want to Listen to 'Walking on ... - Dallas Observer (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
I love people like Keith Whitley. But I also love Stone Temple Pilots and Soundgarden. It's a big mix of things that somehow come together in my music. You've said that Dave Grohl was one of your biggest influences. Any Foo Fighters songs in the set?
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Home-grown headliner - Charlotte Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Concertgoers also can expect a duet between Lauren and Scotty on "When You Say Nothing At All," the country song previously performed by both Keith Whitley and Alison Krauss. At previous stops, Scotty has been soloing on Thompson Square's "Are You
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Go! Weekend Planner - Columbia Daily Tribune
Google News - over 5 years
Rickie Lee Tanner 7 pm at the Boone County Fair grandstand. The Brothers Image Band 9 pm at the Boone County Fair grandstand. Eric Lee Beddingfield, Jesse Keith Whitley 9 pm at the Snorty Horse Beer Garden at the Boone County Fair
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Reviews of bluegrass music releases - Sacramento Bee
Google News - over 5 years
Songs include three Jim Eanes numbers - "Let Him Lead You," "Old Satan" and "Call Out To Jesus"; Roy Acuff's "Battle of Armageddon"; Sparks' "That Awful Day"; Keith Whitley's "Great High Mountain"; and the traditional "When I Lay My Burdens Down," "I
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Chris Young - the new Keith Whitley? - Country Standard Time (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
His songs are usually about life and love, and his voice recalls the late Keith Whitley - at times. Young's third album hit the market on Tuesday, and it should be fun to see one of country's newest (and classiest) stars rise up the charts
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Country singer Easton Corbin is true country - Youngstown Vindicator
Google News - over 5 years
Little did he know he was getting schooled in the traditional country sounds of Merle Haggard, George Strait and Keith Whitley. Now his debut record is getting compared to those giants. “I love those guys, and like I always say, nobody will ever fill
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Keith Whitley
    THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 34
    The album was released three months after his death, on August 1, 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The album produced two more No. 1 hits, with the title track and "It Ain't Nothin'." "I'm Over You" also saw the Top 5 in early 1990, reaching No. 3. Two new songs were added to "Greatest Hits": The first, "Tell Lorrie I Love Her" was written and recorded at home by Whitley for Morgan, originally intended as a work tape for Whitley's friend Curtis 'Mr. Harmony' Young to sing at Whitley's wedding. The second was "'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose", a 1987 demo taken from Tree that originally featured harmony vocals by childhood friend Ricky Skaggs. Lorrie Morgan, with creative control and license to Whitley's namesake, recorded her voice alongside Whitley's, and released it as a single, which rose to No. 13 and won them 1990's CMA award for Best Vocal Collaboration as well as a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration.
    On the morning of May 9, 1989, after a weekend of drinking and partying, Whitley awoke and spoke with his mother briefly on the phone.
    More Details Hide Details He was then visited by his brother-in-law Lane Palmer, and the two had coffee and they were planning a day of golf and having lunch, after which Whitley had planned to start writing songs for Lorrie Morgan and himself to record when she returned from her concert tour. Palmer departed at approximately 8:30 a.m., informing Whitley to be ready to leave within an hour. Upon returning, Palmer found Whitley face down on his bed, fully clothed. The official cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning), and Davidson County Medical Examiner Charles Harlan stated that his blood alcohol level was .47 (the equivalent of 20 1-ounce shots of 100-proof whiskey and almost five times the then Tennessee level of .10 legal intoxication limit, and nearly six times the current .08 legal limit to drive). Whitley was 34 years of age.
    In early 1989, Whitley approached Sony Music Nashville chairman Joe Galante with the intention of releasing I Never Go Around Mirrors as a single.
    More Details Hide Details Galante approved of the musical flexibility that Whitley achieved with the song; however, he suggested that Whitley record something new and more upbeat. The result was a song Whitley had optioned for his previous album called I Wonder, Do You Think of Me?, and was to result in his next album release. Whitley was a longtime alcoholic, who began drinking early in his career at bluegrass gigs, long before he was legally allowed to drink alcohol. Many times, he had attempted to overcome his alcoholism, but failed; and his pre-existing depression made it more challenging for him to quit. Whitley preferred to drink alone, making it difficult for anyone to detect that he had a problem. According to Lorrie Morgan, she tried to conceal all alcoholic beverages from him at the home they shared, even going to the extent of binding their legs together before going to bed to make it impossible for Whitley to get up in the middle of the night to consume a drink without her knowledge - only to discover that he would drink things such as perfume and nail polish remover to get intoxicated.
  • 1987
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He asked if he could assert himself more with the songs and production. The new album, titled Don't Close Your Eyes, was released in 1988, and the album sold extremely well. The album contained one of the many songs that Whitley had a hand in writing in his years at Tree Publishing, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now." Also on the album was a remake of Lefty Frizzell's classic standard "I Never Go Around Mirrors," and the song became a huge hit at Whitley's concerts. The first three singles from the album—"When You Say Nothing at All," "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," and the title cut—all reached number one on Billboard Magazine's country charts during the fall of 1988 and the winter of 1989, with the title track "Don't Close Your Eyes" being ranked as Billboard's No. 1 Country song of 1988. Shortly thereafter, "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" also earned Whitley his first and only Country Music Association award as a solo artist and a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.
  • 1986
    Age 31
    During his tour to promote L.A. to Miami, he met and began a romantic relationship with country singer Lorrie Morgan. The pair were married in November 1986, and they had their only child, a son, Jesse Keith Whitley, in June 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Whitley also adopted Lorrie's daughter, Morgan, from her first marriage.
    L.A. to Miami, released in 1986, would give him his first Top 20 country hit single, "Miami, My Amy".
    More Details Hide Details The song was followed by three more hit songs: "Ten Feet Away", "Homecoming '63", and "Hard Livin'", The album also included "On the Other Hand" and "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her". "On the Other Hand" was pitched to Whitley before Randy Travis released the song as a single and when Whitley's version wasn't released as a single, Travis released his in 1986, as did George Strait with "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 29
    Whitley's first solo album, A Hard Act to Follow, was released in 1984, and featured a more mainstream country style.
    More Details Hide Details While Whitley was working hard to achieve his own style, the songs he produced were inconsistent. Critics regarded the album as too erratic. Whitley honed his sound within the next few years for his next album, L.A. to Miami.
  • 1983
    Age 28
    He moved to Nashville in 1983 to pursue a country music career and soon signed a record deal with RCA Records.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1974
    Age 19
    Whitley became lead singer for Stanley in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details Whitley also played with J.D. Crowe & the New South in the mid-1970s. During this period, he established himself as one of the most versatile and talented lead singers in bluegrass. His singing was heavily influenced by Carter Stanley and Lefty Frizzell.
  • 1969
    Age 14
    In 1969 he performed in a musical contest in Ezel, Kentucky, with brother Dwight on five-string banjo.
    More Details Hide Details Ricky Skaggs was also in the contest. Skaggs and Whitley hit it off right away and quickly befriended each other. Fifteen-year-old Whitley and 16-year-old Skaggs were discovered in Ft. Gay, West Virginia by Ralph Stanley who was 45 minutes late for a show due to a flat tire. Stanley opened the door of the club and heard what he thought were the Stanley Brothers playing on a jukebox. However it was Whitley and Skaggs, who "sounded just like me and Carter in the early days". The two soon joined Ralph's band.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1954
    Born
    Born on July 1, 1954.
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