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Skeeter Davis

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Dry Ridge KY, United States (1952 – 2004)

Mary Frances “Skeeter” Davis (December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was a country music singer and a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show for more than 40 years. She was best known for her hit song “The End of the World” (1963), one of the most popular American records of the 1960’s. One of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist, she was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

Mary Frances Penick was born on December 30, 1931 in the small Appalachian town of Dry Ridge, Kentucky. As a child, her grandfather nicknamed her “Skeeter” because she was always active and buzzing around like a mosquito. She got her start in music as part of the duo, The Davis Sisters, along with childhood friend, Betty Jack Davis. Thus, Skeeter Davis was born to the rest of the world.

The Davis Sisters sang in the local Lexington, Kentucky area and appeared on local radio WLAX in 1949. From there, they earned radio and television appearances in Detroit, Cincinnati and Wheeling, WV, where they were part of the WWVA Wheeling Jamboree.

In 1952, Skeeter and Betty Jack recorded for Fortune, but won a recording contract with RCA the following year and achieved their first chart success. “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know” went to number one on the U.S. country chart and number eighteen on the U.S. pop chart.

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    R-I-P Talented Singer

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    22 Dec 2012 Reply
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    21 Jul 2012 Reply
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    ;_____;

    29 May 2012 Reply
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    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • IFIFLSD

    Why does my heart go on beating Why do these eyes of mine cry Don't they know it's the end of the world It ended when you said goodbye

    6 Dec 2011 Reply
  • strajnic

    classic country!

    5 Feb 2011 Reply
  • RustyChile

    Sweet, sweet song.. closing # on Madmen Season 3, ep. 12, Just hada listen!

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
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