Keith Whitley

US 20th century country singer

Jackie Keith Whitley[1] (July 1, 1954 – May 9, 1989) was an American country music singer. During his career, Whitley only recorded two albums but charted 12 singles on the Billboard country charts, and 7 more after his death.

Keith Whitley
Keith Whitley performing at the Country Music Fan Fair in June 1988 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds.
Background information
Birth nameJackie Keith Whitley
Born(1954-07-01)July 1, 1954
Ashland, Kentucky, U.S.
OriginSandy Hook, Kentucky, U.S.
DiedMay 9, 1989(1989-05-09) (aged 34)
Goodlettsville, Tennessee, U.S.
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals
Years active1970–1989
LabelsRCA (RCA Nashville) BNA Records
Associated actsClinch Mountain Boys
Lorrie Morgan


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2006). - The Billboard Book of Top 40 Country Hits. - Second Edition. - New York: Billboard Books. - p.382. - ISBN 978-0-8230-8291-9.