16 Biggest Hits

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Keith Whitley's tragic bio easily transfers to TV dramas and celebrity gossip. During the '70s he gained a reputation as a skillful musician and singer working with top-notch bluegrass bands including Ralph Stanley and J.D. Crowe, but by the '80s, he made his play for fame and fortune with a traditional country sound. Whitley soon won fame and fortune, but by 1989, he was dead of alcohol poisoning. Incredibly, the songs represented by 16 Biggest Hits all reached the charts between 1984 and 1991, showing just what a moving force Whitley's music was during these years. Five, including "When You Say Nothing at All" in 1988 and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" in 1989, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Keith Whitley's tragic bio easily transfers to TV dramas and celebrity gossip. During the '70s he gained a reputation as a skillful musician and singer working with top-notch bluegrass bands including Ralph Stanley and J.D. Crowe, but by the '80s, he made his play for fame and fortune with a traditional country sound. Whitley soon won fame and fortune, but by 1989, he was dead of alcohol poisoning. Incredibly, the songs represented by 16 Biggest Hits all reached the charts between 1984 and 1991, showing just what a moving force Whitley's music was during these years. Five, including "When You Say Nothing at All" in 1988 and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" in 1989, reached number one. In a way then, 16 Biggest Hits not only represents a nice sampling of Whitley's most popular singles, but also something of a country music time capsule of the era. The material also offers a snapshot of new and neo-traditionalist music from the era, a style that partially returned to country music's roots. What really stands out on this collection, though, is Whitley's vocal treatment of ballads like "I Wonder Do You Think of Me" and "Would These Arms Be in Your Way." His soulful, gritty delivery adds authenticity to these numbers, leaving the listener to understand that he, unlike a lot of country singers to follow, was actually born in the South (Kentucky). For anyone looking for a one-stop collection of Whitley's best-remembered songs, 16 Hits more than fits the bill.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767824727
  • Catalog Number: 78247
  • Sales rank: 10,009

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Keith Whitley Primary Artist, Vocals
Sam Bush Mandolin
Vern Gosdin Vocal Harmony
Emmylou Harris Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Reba McEntire Vocals
Lorrie Morgan Vocals
Matt Rollings Piano
Carol Chase Background Vocals
Gary Prim Keyboards
Don Potter Rhythm Guitar
Eddie Bayers Drums
Harold Bradley Guitar
Chip Young Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Earl Thomas Conley Vocals
Garth Fundis Background Vocals
Paul Franklin Steel Guitar, pedabro
Sonny Garrish Dobro, Steel Guitar
Emory Gordy Bass
Rob Hajacos Fiddle
Mitch Humphries Keyboards
David Hungate Bass
Jerry Kroon Drums
Red Lane Acoustic Guitar
Mike Lawler Keyboards
Mac McAnally Acoustic Guitar
Brent Mason Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Larry Paxton Bass
Dave Pomeroy Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
Brent Rowan Dobro, Guitar
Billy Sanford Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Gut String Guitar
Bobby Thompson Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Pete Wade Guitar
Biff Watson Keyboards
Curtis Young Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
James R. Horn Saxophone
Dennis Wilson Quintet Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dennis Sollee Saxophone
Technical Credits
Vern Gosdin Composer
Paul Overstreet Composer
Max D. Barnes Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
David Halley Composer
Keith Whitley Producer
Troy Seals Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Dean Dillon Composer
Garth Fundis Producer
Tony Haselden Composer
Wayland Holyfield Composer
Red Lane Composer
Bob McDill Composer
Blake Mevis Producer
Tim Nichols Composer
Bill Rice Composer
Mary Sharon Rice Composer
Billy Sanford Tic Tac
Zack Turner Composer
Norro Wilson Composer, Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Don Schlitz Composer
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Royce Porter Composer
Ron Hellard Composer
Roger D. Ferris Composer
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