Skeeter Davis

Born Dec 30, 1931
Hometown Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Died Sep 19, 2004
Death Place Nashville and Dav...
Other Names Penick, Mary Frances

Mary Frances Penick, better known as Skeeter Davis, was an American country music singer best known for crossover pop music songs of the early 1960s. She started out as part of The Davis Sisters as a teenager in the late 1940s, eventually landing on RCA Victor. In the late '50s, she became a solo star. Her best-known hit was the pop classic "The End of the World" in 1963.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Skeeter Davis.


1931 Birth Born on December 30, 1931.


1947 15 Years Old The Penick family moved to Erlanger, Kentucky in 1947, where Skeeter met Betty Jack Davis at Dixie Heights High School, becoming instant friends. … Read More


1953 21 Years Old 1 More Event
RCA Victor producer Steve Sholes liked the Davis Sisters' harmonies and offered the duo a recording contract in 1953. … Read More
1958 26 Years Old Davis decided to go back into country music as a solo act in 1958. … Read More
1959 27 Years Old Davis had a Top 5 country hit, "Set Him Free", in 1959, as well as another Top 20 hit called "Homebreaker". … Read More
1960 28 Years Old 1 More Event
From 1960 to 1962, Davis had top ten hits with the songs "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too", "My Last Date (With You)", "Where I Ought to Be" and "Optimistic". "(I Can't Help You) I'm Falling Too" in 1960 was her first entrance as a solo onto the pop charts. … Read More
1961 29 Years Old In 1961, she scored a second pop hit with a lyric version (written by Skeeter) of Floyd Cramer's instrumental country pop smash "Last Date" called "My Last Date (With You)" which did even better making the Top 30 on the pop charts. … Read More


1963 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1963, Davis achieved her biggest success with country pop crossover hit "The End of the World". … Read More
1965 33 Years Old In 1965, she recorded a duet with Bobby Bare called "A Dear John Letter", which just missed the country Top 10 and received light pop action. (The best-known version of the song had been recorded originally by Jean Shepard and Ferlin Husky in 1953.) Davis also recorded quite a few albums during this time, including two tribute albums I Love Flatt and Scruggs and Skeeter Davis Sings Buddy Holly.
1967 35 Years Old In 1967, Davis was back in the top ten with "What Does It Take (To Keep a Man Like You Satisfied)". … Read More
1970 38 Years Old In 1970, Davis had another Top 10 hit with "I'm a Lover (Not a Fighter)" and another duet with Bobby Bare with "Your Husband, My Wife". … Read More


1972 40 Years Old Davis received five Grammy Award nominations, including four for Best Female Country Vocal Performance: 1964 ("He Says the Same Things to Me"), 1964; ("Sunglasses"), 1965; ("What Does It Take"), 1967, and "One Tin Soldier"), 1972. … Read More
1973 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1973, she had a brief comeback with her Top 20 hit, "I Can't Believe That It's All Over".
1976 44 Years Old Davis returned to the recording studio in 1976 with a brief stint on Mercury Records which produced two single releases, including her last song to make the national charts, 1976's "I Love Us".
1978 46 Years Old In 1978, she recorded the first of several albums for minor record labels which she would do on occasion into the 1990s.


1987 55 Years Old In 1987 she married NRBQ's bassist Joey Spampinato with whom she had recorded the album She Sings, They Play; they divorced in 1996.


1993 - 1998 2 More Events
2001 69 Years Old In 2001, she became incapacitated by breast cancer.
2002 70 Years Old Davis remained a member of the Grand Ole Opry until her death, making her last appearance there in 2002.
2004 72 Years Old 1 More Event
She died of breast cancer in a Nashville, Tennessee, hospice at the age of 72, on September 19, 2004.
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