Keith Whitley’s very last No. 1 hit was one to celebrate Riahsha/YouTube screenshot
Riahsha/YouTube screenshot

It’s hard to believe we only had him for five years, only one of which he was truly successful.

When Keith Whitley died in May 1989, his career was finally in full bloom. After struggling for years trying to figure out who he was as an artist and gain a foothold with radio, he had finally done it.

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In 1988, his songs “Don’t Close Your Eyes” and “When You Say Nothing At All” topped the charts one after another. On April 7, 1989, “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” completed the trifecta. Things were rolling. But then, it suddenly ended.

Only one month later, Keith Whitley had passed away.

Even though Keith had recorded a whole new album before he died, which was released after his passing, “I’m No Stranger To The Rain” was his very last single. It was the last No. 1 he would ever celebrate.

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The video for the song is comprised solely of Keith and his band performing at the Douglas Corner Café, a longtime legendary, music bar in Nashville.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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