July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989 Remembering Keith Whitley

Remembering Keith Whitley (July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989) passed away at the age of 34 from alcohol poisoning. Born in Ashland, Kentucky, July 1, 1955, Whitley began his career there in 1970, performing in Ralph Stanley’s band. Establishing himself as a lead singer in bluegrass music, Whitley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1983 and began his recording career there. During his short career, Whitley charted 19 singles on the Billboard country charts.


I have special memories about the writing of this song. https://youtu.be/m-Nub5gWCKY

Of course, some folks just never get the message:
“So if I seem a little bit cold
It only means you’ve lost the hold
You had on me
I’m over you”

RIP My Friend…still loved and still missed

About the author

I enjoy researching Bluegrass, Bluegrass Gospel, and Country birthdays, anniversaries and interesting trivia dates. I am a piano/organ performance major who has taught privately and served as church accompanist since 1968 in North Carolina and Central Kentucky. Although classically trained, I appreciate all genres of music. My mother, who was also a church musician and taught public school music grades K-12, knew that Bluegrass music was the purest American music. She always introduced her students to this fine genre and began my musical studies with her at age 2. Bach to Berachah Valley, Mozart to Jimmy Martin, Sibelius to Stanley Brothers, the list goes on, I hope you find some moments of enjoyment and learn a few interesting facts along the way.
I am thankful for the many resources we have at our fingertips including Google. FaceBook and BluegrassBios by Wayne Rice. It was he who inspired me to tackle the task of trying to pass on knowledge about Bluegrass music. Thanks Wayne~!
Lou Ellen Wilkie

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