Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1988 Keith Whitley checked in at #1 on the Billboard country chart with "When You Say Nothing At All"?

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Here are 5 little known facts about Keith Whitley.

  • Jackie Keith Whitley was born July 1, 1955 in Sandy Hook, Kentucky.
  • He was a bluegrass prodigy, who got his start playing in imitation of the Stanley Brothers.
  • As a young man, he and childhood friend Ricky Skaggs got the opportunity to play with the man himself -- Ralph Stanley.
  • He performed with the bluegrass legend's Clinch Mountain Boys until 1972.
  • His musical influences were Hank Williams, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones and, of course, Stanley Brothers.