Personalities | Keith Whitley | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocals, guitar, 1955–89)

Initially a bluegrass artist, Whitley began performing at the age of eight on the Buddy Starcher radio show from Charleston, Virginia. In 1970, Whitley and his friend Ricky Skaggs joined Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys, and during the 1970s, recorded with J. D. Crowe And The New South. He turned to country music in 1983 and recorded an extended version of Lefty Frizzell’s hit ‘I Never Walk Around Mirrors’. ‘Don’t Close Your Eyes’– the title track of his 1988 album – was his first chart-topping single, but just as his career began, his tragic death occurred.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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