1 July 1955, Sandy Hook, Kentucky, USA, d. 8 May 1989, Goodlettsville, Tennessee, USA. Whitley, who grew up in a musical family, learned to play the guitar from the age of six and was on the radio with Buddy Starcher in Charleston, West Virginia, aged eight. He joined Ralph Stanley And His Clinch Mountain Boys when he was 15, and both he and his friend Ricky Skaggs made their recording debut on the same record, Cry From The Cross. At the age of 17, he survived a 120 mph car crash that killed a friend, and at 19, he drove a car off a cliff into a river. Whitley joined J.D. Crowe And The New South and his lead vocals on Somewhere Between were appreciated in Nashville. In 1983 he signed with RCA Records, recorded a mini-album, A Hard Act To Follow, and had his first US country success with Turn Me To Love in 1984. He had further successes with Ive Got The Heart For You and Miami, My Amy. Whitleys excessive drinking made...
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