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Honky-tonk jams like “Flying Colors” and “Lucky Dog” reserve you a stool at the kind of rowdy clubs the Kentucky singer had been playing since age 15. But Whitley’s rich, tender baritone brings ballads to life, too. Don't Close Your Eyes has dagger-wielding heartbreakers and wedding-worthy love songs, like the title track, in which he reaches out to a distant lover with a warmth and openness that invokes George Jones. "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" nails a feeling that’s even more elusive: tentative, melancholy triumph.


Born: 01 July 1955 in Ashland, KY

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Keith Whitley's legacy loomed large over the country music landscape of the '90s. A talented new country singer and songwriter, Whitley was just beginning to emerge as a superstar at the time of his death in 1989. Throughout the next decade, his reputation as both a performer and writer continued to grow, as other artists had hits with his songs and posthumous recordings climbed into the Top Ten. Born and raised in Kentucky, Whitley began singing as a child, winning a talent contest at the age of...
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