#TwoStepTuesday: Keith Whitley

Today’s country artist died at the young age of 33. I can only imagine what his career would have looked like had he not passed.

Wikipedia tells us this about Keith Whitley:

Jackie Keith Whitley (July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989) was an American country music singer. During his career, Whitley only recorded two albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 more after his death.

Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Whitley grew up in nearby Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Whitley began his career there in 1970, performing in Ralph Stanley's band. Establishing himself as a lead singer in bluegrass music, Whitley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1983 and began his recording career there. His first Top 20 Country Hit single, "Miami, My Amy", was released in 1986. While touring for his album L.A. to Miami, he married country singer Lorrie Morgan. In 1988, his first three singles from his studio album Don't Close Your Eyes, the title song, "When You Say Nothing at All" and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" were number-one hits. Years of alcoholism severely compromised his health and he died of alcohol intoxication in 1989 at his Goodlettsville home at the age of 34. His later two singles, "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "It Ain't Nothin'", were released after his death.

Today’s Two Steppin’ Playlist:

  1. When You Say Nothing At All
  2. Don’t Close Your Eyes
  3. I’m No Stranger To The Rain
  4. It’s Quittin Time
  5. Hard Livin’
  6. That Stuff
  7. Kentucky Bluebird
  8. Miami, My Amy
  9. I Wonder Do You Think Of Me
  10. It Ain’t Nothing

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this playlist.  If you have a favorite country artist, let me know and I’d be happy to feature them.


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