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July 1 Birthdays: Keith Whitley

Keith Whitley was born July 1, 1954 in Ashland, Kentucky. Whitley’s career in music started in 1970, later becoming a lead singer in bluegrass music, and moved to Nashville in 1983. He scored his first top #20 country hit with “Miami, My Amy”, released in 1986.

Whitley had 15 singles reach the top 40 of the Hot Country charts between, including five #1’s: “Don’t Close Your Eyes”, “When You Say Nothing at All”, “I’m No Stranger to the Rain”, “I Wonder Do You Think of Me” and “It Ain’t Nothin’.”


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