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Sandy Hook (1970 – 1989)

“Jackie Keith Whitley” (b. July 1, 1954 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky d. May 9, 1989) was an American country music singer.

Early life

Whitley learned to play a guitar at a very young age, and became involved with a regional television show when he was eight years old. He and his friend, Ricky Skaggs, formed a bluegrass band, which landed both of them their first break in 1970, when they joined Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys. Whitley was singing lead for the band by 1974 at the age of 20.

In 1978, he joined J. D. Crowe and the New South as lead vocalist and guitarist. Critics were by then praising his vocals, and these reviews eventually caught the attention of RCA Records, who would sign him to a contract in 1984.

Solo years

Whitley’s first solo album, ‘’A Hard Act to Follow,’’ was released in 1984. However, the songs off of the album didn’t get much airplay. Critics regarded the album as too erratic; while Whitley was working hard to achieve his own style, the songs he produced were inconsistent, and because of this, the follow up album would be more with pop sounds and a new producer as well who had been in the music buisness for sometime and had several hit records under his belt with other artists Blake Mevis.

L.A. to Miami, released in 1986. This album would give him his first Top 20 country hit single, “Miami, My Amy.” The song was followed by three more hit songs, “Ten Feet Away,” “Homecoming ‘63,” and “Hard Livin.” The album also had included “On The Other Hand” and “Nobody In His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her.


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  • adamprus

    I love his voice!

    21 Jun 11:47am Reply
  • TheHagMan

    Pure Pure Country - One of the greatest voices in country music, his legacy will live forever.

    29 Jan 2012 Reply
  • SweetMelissa12

    Let's hear it for Keith Whitley!! The members of the group Country Artist of the Week have voted him into the group's "Hall of fame"!!

    6 Sep 2010 Reply
  • fordman69

    heellllll yeeaaa

    15 Apr 2010 Reply
  • bowdy007

    you are great man

    23 Mar 2010 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    thank you,keith!!

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • ihelix

    1989...very hard to believe it has been that long. My high school years were filled with his music....dammit, this world sucks!

    4 Jul 2009 Reply
  • StamatinaZ

    May 9, 1989 - May 9, 2009 - 20 years after! Thank you Keith for your beautiful songs and your legacy! You are an amazing country singer and your presence appears in the most of country singers after you until today. You live always in my heart!

    9 May 2009 Reply
  • heavenlypennies

    Thank You, Keith, so much for bringing country music to my ears!! If it weren't for you, George & Tim I would have NEVER started listening. I am so sad your not here, cuz I wonder what other great songs you would have came up with!!!!

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • haggardfan63

    he was and is amazzzzzzzzing

    28 Mar 2009 Reply
  • SweetMelissa12

    Feel free to check out and join the Country Artist of the Week group. Members can vote for their favorite country artists to be the group's "Country Artist of the Week".

    26 Mar 2009 Reply

    Keith Whitley had one of a kind voice.He could touch you just by the tone in his voice.There are only a few in this world who can do that.I wish he could have lived on,because we will never know what else he would have givin us.I just thank God we got what we will have forever,the songs he left us.

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Leuchtenburg1

    guter Sänger...

    14 Mar 2009 Reply
  • TippinMyStuff

    gr8 music

    8 Mar 2009 Reply
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    9 Feb 2009 Reply
  • StreetDreamer83

    One of the greatest ever. Period.

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • CrazyCanuck77

    Simply amazing...great driving music.

    5 Jan 2009 Reply
  • elsmarie

    listen nashville ...this is the real thing this music

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • MiiSTY

    taken too soon!.. i love his music...

    17 Aug 2008 Reply
  • bluetooth38

    Albums The Essential Keith Whitley and his Greatest Hits Album are realy this good listening and timeless.

    8 Jul 2008 Reply
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