″Keith was the type of individual you’d like to live next door to and like to go fishing with every Saturday,″ McFadden said. "On the Other Hand" was pitched to Whitley before Randy Travis released the song as a single and when Whitley's version wasn't released as a single, Travis released his in 1986, as did George Strait with "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her". Sie heirateten im November 1986 und hatten einen Sohn, Jesse Keith Whitley (* 1987). Besides his wife, Whitley is survived by a son and a daughter. Whitley was born to Faye Ferguson (editor of The Elliott County News) and Elmer Whitley (an electrician) in Ashland, Kentucky, but was raised 46 miles away in Sandy Hook, and attended Sandy Hook High School. Der Asteroid (4779) Whitley wurde nach ihm benannt. The Sandy Hook, Ky., native’s alcohol problem had plagued him for years. Skaggs and Whitley hit it off right away and quickly befriended each other. [6], Whitley lost his brother Randy in an October 1983 motorcycle accident, and his father Elmer. [citation needed] Whitley also played with J.D. Also on the album was a remake of Lefty Frizzell's classic standard "I Never Go Around Mirrors," and the song became a huge hit at Whitley's concerts. He was 33. It might be weird thinking what could’ve happened to him, especially when you look at his career. – "Whitley Fans Hate 'To See a Good Man Go To Waste". Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Whitley grew up in nearby Sandy Hook, Kentucky. [15] Alison Krauss's rendition of "When You Say Nothing at All" was released as a single from the album, reaching number 3 on the country charts in 1995. In early 1989, Whitley approached Sony Music Nashville chairman Joe Galante with the intention of releasing "I Never Go Around Mirrors" as a single. Lockwood, Frank E. – "Singing in Rain". The album and single of the same name both did very well on the Billboard and R&R charts and brought "Super Hits" and "The Essential Keith Whitley" in 1996. Keith Whitley performing at the Country Music Fan Fair in June 1988 in, Hicks, Jack. The official cause of death was determined to be acute ethanolism (alcohol poisoning),[3] and Davidson County Medical Examiner Charles Harlan stated that his blood alcohol level was 0.47 (the equivalent of 20 1-ounce shots of 100-proof whiskey[9] and almost five times the then Tennessee level of 0.10 legal driving limit, and nearly six times the current 0.08 legal limit to drive). – Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) – Saturday, June 28, 1999. On the morning of Tuesday, May 9, 1989, Whitley awoke and had a brief phone call with his mother. The album produced hits for Whitley as well, including a duet with Earl Thomas Conley, named "Brotherly Love," which peaked at No. Lockwood, Frank E. – "Bikers, Sandy Hook Pay Tribute to Favorite Son". RCA also released a compilation of performance clips (from his days in the Ralph Stanley-Fronted Clinch Mountain Boys), interviews, and some previously unreleased material under the title "Kentucky Bluebird". L.A. to Miami, released in 1985, would give him his first Top 20 country hit single, "Miami, My Amy". – Album Echoes Country Classics". He’s been touring,″ she said. In another incident, he drove his car off a 120-foot cliff into a frozen river, escaping with only a broken collar bone. – "A country music love story of death, drinking and devotion". ″If I hadn’t stopped drinking, I don’t think I’d be alive today. It included covers of Whitley's songs from artists such as Alan Jackson, Diamond Rio, and Ricky Skaggs. 1 Country song of 1988. In 1994, Whitley's widow, Lorrie Morgan, organized several of Whitley's friends in bluegrass and some of the big names in country at the time to record a tribute album to Whitley. "I'm Over You" also saw the Top 5 in early 1990, reaching No. The second was "'Til a Tear Becomes a Rose", a 1987 demo taken from Tree that originally featured harmony vocals by childhood friend Ricky Skaggs. In an interview last October, he said his heavy drinking had nearly killed him and that he had quit in 1987. [6] During this period, he established himself as one of the most versatile and talented lead singers in bluegrass. Connect with the definitive source for global and local news. One idea was a film version of the George Vescey-Lorrie Morgan-penned "Forever Yours, Faithfully". While Whitley was a teenager in Sandy Hook, he and his friends would pass the time drinking bootleg bourbon and racing their cars down mountain roads at dangerous speeds. Daraufhin arbeitete Whitley für Stanley, bis er 1984 mit dem Album A Hard Fact To Follow einen erfolglosen Einstieg in die Countrymusik-Szene versuchte. Whitley honed his sound within the next few years for his next album, L.A. to Miami. Whitley was pronounced dead at the hospital. This project was in development hell for several years, and was halted in late 2006 also, after difficulties with casting and funding. –, Edwards, Joe. Shortly thereafter, "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" also earned Whitley his first and only Country Music Association award as a solo artist and a Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male. Whitley began his career there in 1970, performing in Ralph Stanley's band. Crowe and the New South. The album produced two more No. He achieved what many search for a lifetime and found nothing in the end. Whitley’s latest album, ″Don’t Close Your Eyes,″ has had three No. Years of alcoholism severely compromised his health and he died of alcohol intoxication in 1989 at his Goodlettsville home at the age of 34. In 1995, the album Wherever You Are Tonight was released, produced by Lorrie Morgan, featuring restored demos of 1986–1988, with crisper 1990s recording techniques and a full orchestra. –, "Country Music Star Keith Whitley Dead at 33". –, "Alcohol Cuts Short a promising career". On the morning of Tuesday, May 9, 1989, Whitley awoke and had a brief phone call with his mother. As a teen-ager, he played in Ralph Stanley’s bluegrass band and later was lead singer for the country-bluegrass band J.D. His first Top 20 Country Hit single, "Miami, My Amy", was released in 1986. Whitley is known for his neotraditional brand of country popularized by hit artists such as George Strait and Randy Travis. Michael is survived by his parents Dwight and Flora, as well as many nieces and nephews. On April 13, 2010, he announced that pre-production was set to begin again, pending investors.[16]. Whitley was found fully clothed in his bed by his brother-in-law, Lane Palmer, said Lt. Harry Bell of the Goodletsville Police Department just north of Nashville. Most of his family moved to Texas, along with the musician Justin Fulcher.[2][4]. Lorrie Morgan, with creative control and license to Whitley's namesake, recorded her voice alongside Whitley's, and released it as a single, which rose to No. –, Stambler, Irwin, and Grelun Landon (2000). While Whitley was working hard to achieve his own style, the songs he produced were inconsistent. The day after his death, Music Row was lined with black ribbons in memory of Whitley. Zwei Titel des Albums wurden außerdem durch Coverversionen von George Strait und Randy Travis bekannt. Whitley was once in a car whose driver attempted to round a curve at 120 mph. [2][3] He had two brothers, Randy and Dwight, and a sister, Mary. Er erlag einer Alkoholvergiftung. Auf der Promotionstour für sein Album L.A. to Miami lernte Whitley die aufkommende Country-Sängerin Lorrie Morgan kennen. Associated Press – "Whitley Just Getting Started Despite 18-Year Music Career". 2 in late 1991 and gave Whitley his second consecutive posthumous Grammy nomination for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Sämtliche Therapieversuche schlugen fehl. During his tour to promote L.A. to Miami, he met and began a romantic relationship with country singer Lorrie Morgan. NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country music singer Keith Whitley, known for wrenching, honky-tonk-style ballads that embraced pain and joy, was found dead at his home Tuesday after overdosing on alcohol, officials said. [citation needed] Stanley opened the door of the club and heard what he thought were the Stanley Brothers playing on a jukebox. Keith Whitley (* 1. He was then visited by his brother-in-law Lane Palmer, and the two had coffee and they were planning a day of golf and having lunch, after which Whitley had planned to start writing songs for Lorrie Morgan and himself to record when she returned from her concert tour. –, Jinkins, Shirley. Whitley's first solo album, A Hard Act to Follow, was released in 1984, and featured a more mainstream country style. Diese wurde 1970 von Ralph Stanley entdeckt, dessen Konzertentourage sich verspätet hatte. His other hit records included ″Miami My Amy,″ ″Ten Feet Away,″ ″Homecoming ’63″ and ″Hard Livin’.″. The album was released three months after his death, on August 1, 1989. Es waren dies Nobody In His Right Mind Would've Left Her (Strait) und On The Other Hand (Travis), die jeweils Platz 1 der Hitparade erreichten. Whitley’s wife, Lorrie Morgan, a Grand Ole Opry singer, was on a tour heading toward Alaska when her husband died. – "Singer Keith Whitley's Memory Alive Through Songs, Love in Home Town". During the new recording sessions in 1987, Whitley started feeling that the songs he was doing were not up to his standards, so he approached RCA and asked if the project of 15 songs could be shelved. During his career, Whitley only recorded two albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 more after his death. Keith adoptierte außerdem Morgan Whitley, Lorrie Morgans Tochter aus erster Ehe. Mai 1989 in Nashville , Tennessee ; … – "Keith Whitley discovered dead – Alcohol overdose cause of death". Upon returning, Palmer found Whitley unconscious on his bed and called an ambulance. He asked if he could assert himself more with the songs and production. The official cause of death for Keith Whitley was ruled alcohol poisoning by local medical examiner Charles Harlan on May 10th—a day after Whitley’s death. Nachdem Whitley schon im Alter von acht Jahren in einer regionalen Talentshow entdeckt wurde, formte er wenige Jahre später seine erste Bluegrass-Band. The car wrecked, killing his friend and almost breaking Whitley's neck. – Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) – Saturday, June 27, 1998. In 1969 he performed in a musical contest in Ezel, Kentucky, with brother Dwight on five-string banjo. Establishing himself as a lead singer in bluegrass music, Whitley moved to Nashville, Tennessee, in 1983 and began his recording career there.