Keith Whitley – “Don’t Close Your Eyes”

Remembering Keith Whitley. today on what would have been his 67th birthday.  It’s hard to believe that he has been gone for 32 years.

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

“Don’t Close Your Eyes” is the second studio album by country music artist Keith Whitley and the last to be released during his lifetime. It was released on May 31, 1988 through RCA Records. After the success of his debut album, L.A. to Miami (1985), Whitley re-entered the studio and began recording a second album with producer Blake Mevis. After its completion, Whitley was unhappy with its production, and he convinced his label to shelve the recordings. Don’t Close Your Eyes was subsequently recorded with producer Garth Fundis. The album’s liner notes credit Fundis and Whitley with production on all tracks except “Some Old Side Road” and “Would These Arms Be in Your Way”, which are credited to Mevis. The album became a commercial success, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. It contained three consecutive number one hits on the Hot Country Singles chart: “Don’t Close Your Eyes“, “When You Say Nothing at All“, and “I’m No Stranger to the Rain“.

 

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