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Editors’ Notes

Keith Whitley’s voice fills Don’t Close Your Eyes to the rafters—it's supple and unassuming with a down-home Kentucky twang that never overstays its welcome. “A Day in the Life of a Fool” has a Merle Haggard feel—that rare ability to unabashedly sing from the heart like no one's looking. Whitley’s country roots shine through on contemporary ballads like the title track and “When You Say Nothing at All.” Don’t Close Your Eyes is the last album Whitley saw release, before his passing in 1989. Listen and hear a country superstar in full creative bloom.

Customer Reviews

We need this man back

This was Keith's second to last album before his fatal death in 1989 ( the year I was born!). I bought this on my birthday three years ago, Once I heard it the whole way through the first time I thought to myself, "He is unbeliveable!" It was this album that officially hooked me to country music for life, his material ranges from love ballads to tunes fit for a line dance down at the local country club. While I agree with the iTunes reviewer about the album's singles ( Tracks 4, 8, 9 and 10) being the best, I don't think that the rest of the songs should be overlooked or considered weaker. By the sound of it almost ALL of these tracks could've been charting singles to a certain degree ( especially Honky Tonk Heart). Country music is a great genre with many excellent artists but VERY FEW can live up to the calibur and style of Keith Whitley, we need more artists like him to come out. If you're listen to country music AT ALL OF ANY KIND this album or any other of Whitley's is ESSENTIAL. Rest In Peace Keith, Rest In Peace.


I miss the good, old time country.. Keith was a legend!


Born: July 1, 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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