The Music World Was Shocked by the Loss of Keith Whitley 27 Years Ago Today [VIDEO]
I have had many artists whom I consider musical heroes. I could listen to and talk about what Elvis, George Strait, Garth, Waylon, Chris LeDoux and Keith Whitley have meant to me for days and days. Those are a few of the artists who have sung the soundtrack of my life. That soundtrack lost a key voice 27 years ago today.
I remember the day perfectly. It was 27 years ago that I was on the air and heard the old news teletype go off. I went to clear it and see what it was. I was shocked to see it was a breaking story concerning the death of Keith Whitley. Keith was flying high on the charts at the time. He was becoming a superstar. He was the real country voice of a new generation. I can only imagine the success he would have achieved. This man had one of the greatest voices country music fans had ever heard and it was silenced way too early.
Keith died of alcohol poisoning on this date in 1989. He was here for such a short time but his music will impact country music forever. Thank you for the music Keith. You are truly missed but always remembered. Enjoy some of my favorite musical memories of this amazingly talented man.