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May 9, 1989: Remembering Keith Whitley 30 Years Later

Keith Whitley is being honored by The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, with the exhibit Still Rings True: The Enduring Voice of Keith Whitley, running through April 5, 2020.

According to the Tennessean, the exhibit will feature the late singer’s “stage clothes, important musical instruments, awards show trophies and other personal belongings” from his start in Sandy Hook, Kentucky, to his rise in Nashville as one of the most influential voices of the ’80s.

Whitley passed away on May 9, 1989, at the age of 33, due to alcohol poisoning. He had just finished work on his album I Wonder Do You Think of Me, which was released three months after his death.


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