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Keith Whitley
Birth: Jul. 1, 1955
Boyd County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 9, 1989

Country Singer. Husband of country singer Lorrie Morgan. Born Jackie Keith Whitley in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Keith learned to play guitar at age 6 and first appeared on the Buddy Starcher's regional TV show at age 8. He formed a bluegrass band with his friend Ricky Skaggs a few years later. When both teenagers were 15 years old they were asked to play a local show when Ralph Stanley's entourage was running late. Stanley hired them for his band and they stayed for two years until Keith went to work for Carl Jackson. By 1974 he had already survived a car crash (at 120 mph) and driving a car off a cliff into a river but by 1978 his excessive drinking made him unreliable, it did however, give him a hardened, honky-tonk voice. In 1986, he married rising country music singer Lorrie Morgan and cracked the Top 20 for the first time with "Miami, My Amy." Keith finally reached No. 1 in 1988 with "Don't Close Your Eyes." He continued his streak with his well known song "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" but sadly, in the midst of his newly found success, he died at his home from alcohol poisoning due to excessive alcohol intake on the night of May 8, 1989. (bio by: Just another taphophile) 
Family links: 
  Elmer Jackson Whitley (1911 - 1987)
  Nannie Faye Ferguson Whitley (1920 - 2014)
  Randy Edmon Whitley (1948 - 1983)*
  Keith Whitley (1955 - 1989)
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Alcohol poisoning
Spring Hill Cemetery
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
Plot: Crestview
GPS (lat/lon): 36.24065, -86.71885
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: May 04, 1998
Find A Grave Memorial# 2864
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Gone way to soon and I just loved Keith's music especially Miami My Amy is one of my favorite songs of his. R.I.P Keith and thanks for the songs I love em
- matthew swanson
 Added: Sep. 29, 2014

- Geni Gitane
 Added: Sep. 21, 2014
Gone from us way too soon. Loved the song "Don't,Close Your Eye" and many more. Keith, my prayer is that you had accepted Jesus Christ as your personal savior prior to leaving us as you did. I know it has been a long time but I still feel for Lorie in ...(Read more)
- Harold Armstrong
 Added: Sep. 21, 2014
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