Keith Whitley (1954-1989) was a Country Music singer known for his honky-tonk stylings. Whitley started off small with a few gigs in bluegrass bands, one of which was the Clinch Mountain Boys. After moving to Nashville in The Eighties, he signed with RCA Records. His first few singles charted poorly, but by 1986, he had scored his first Top 10 hit with "Ten Feet Away". Whitley was long troubled with alcoholism and depression, and met his untimely death at age 34 from alcohol poisoning.Despite his death, Whitley had enough material in the vaults to keep charting and releasing albums as late as 1995. Some of his songs also appeared on the multi-artist album Keith Whitley: Tribute, which otherwise consisted mainly of famous artists covering his songs. His career, though short-lived, was one of the most influential and critically-acclaimed in country music.
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