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Birth Name: Jackie Keith Whitley
Born: 1954/07/01
Birth Place: Ashland, Kentucky, U.S. (born), Sandy Hook, Kentucky, U.S. (raised)
Died: 1989/05/09
Years Active: 1970–1989
Genres: Country

Jackie Keith Whitley (July 1, 1954 — May 9, 1989), known professionally as Keith Whitley, was an American country music singer. Whitley's brief career in mainstream country music lasted from 1984 until his death in 1989, but he continues to influence an entire generation of singers and songwriters. In 1969 he performed in a musical contest in Ezel, Kentucky, with brother Dwight on five-string banjo. Future country-music star Ricky Skaggs was also in the contest. Skaggs and Keith hit it off right away and became fast friends. As teenagers, Whitley and Skaggs were discovered by Ralph Stanley while they were singing Stanley Brothers' songs as an opening act for the Clinch Mountain Boys. The ... Continue Bio >>

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