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16 Biggest Hits: Keith Whitley

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Keith Whitley didn't live long enough to become a hit machine, but he was well on his way. In the year leading up to and including his tragic death from alcohol poisoning at the age of 34, Whitley scored five No. 1 hits in a row. Three of those tracks lead 16 Biggest Hits, and “Don’t Close Your Eyes,” “When You Say Nothing at All," and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain” remain some of the finest songs of '80s country music. However, Whitley’s earlier works, released before he was a big star, are just as good as the huge hits. These include “Miami, My Amy,” which showcases the delicacy of his vocals, “Turn Me to Love,” and “Would These Arms Be in Your Way,” the last of which might be the single most heartrending song Whitley ever recorded. Whitley’s last top 10 hit came in 1990 with “I’m Over You,” a brilliant single that epitomized his blend of toughness and sensitivity. Unfortunately, Whitley's legend faded as country pop stars like Garth Brooks ascended. This collection should help reaffirm Whitley’s potential and his personal brand of no-nonsense, heart-on-the-sleeve country music.

Customer Reviews

My favorite country singer of all time

No one can touch his voice. Beautiful. You can hear his voice in every song, so clear and unique. I love every song in this album!

Keith Whitley


Sad and yet so beautiful!

The song "Don't Close Your Eyes" makes me want to cry and it's very beautiful. He truely was a gifted singer may he rest in peace.


Born: July 1, 1954 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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