Lorrie Morgan talks about late husband, Keith WhitleyCountry Music - UPI Archives
Keith Whitley's death was a tragedy that cut short a brilliant career. Before his death, Whitley made a name for himself in country music with songs including . Whitley was just three years into a marriage with Lorrie Morgan. After Keith Whitley's death, Lorrie Morgan, shown with her husband Jon how she thinks their three-year love affair-marriage was like Romeo and Juliet. Lorrie quotes a former band member, who says Keith once told him. Whitley was survived by his wife, Lorrie Morgan, and son Jessie, as well as a step-daughter, Morgan. The couple had been married less than.
From toMorgan was romantically linked to actor and politician Fred Thompson. In her autobiography Forever Yours, Faithfully: My Love Story, Morgan describes their relationship: It was great to go out with an older man [Thompson] who was very successful on his own.
For a while, I enjoyed my first exposure to politics. It was interesting to hear about political conversations, and people even began talking about Fred as a potential president. I put myself to the task of being a great companion to a stimulating and important man, and as a result I became boring.
I had to stop and think about the political implications of everything before I uttered a word in public. For a while, I wanted to marry Fred, but I knew he could not accept me as I am. Whitley became lead singer for Stanley in His singing was heavily influenced by Carter Stanley and Lefty Frizzell. He moved to Nashville in to pursue a country music career and soon signed a record deal with RCA Records.
While Whitley was working hard to achieve his own style, the songs he produced were inconsistent. Critics regarded the album as too erratic. Whitley honed his sound within the next few years for his next album, L. The song was followed by three more hit songs: During his tour to promote L.
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The pair were married in Novemberand they had their only child, a son, Jesse Keith Whitley, in June Whitley also adopted Lorrie's daughter, Morgan, from her first marriage. During the new recording sessions inWhitley started feeling that the songs he was doing were not up to his standards, so he approached RCA and asked if the project of 15 songs could be shelved. He asked if he could assert himself more with the songs and production.
The new album, titled Don't Close Your Eyeswas released inand the album sold extremely well. Also on the album was a remake of Lefty Frizzell 's classic standard "I Never Go Around Mirrors," and the song became a huge hit at Whitley's concerts. The first three singles from the album—"When You Say Nothing at All," "I'm No Stranger to the Rain," and the title cut—all reached number one on Billboard Magazine 's country charts during the fall of and the winter ofwith the title track "Don't Close Your Eyes" being ranked as Billboard's No.
Galante approved of the musical flexibility that Whitley achieved with the song; however, he suggested that Whitley record something new and more upbeat. I thought as much as I loved Keith, surely that would help him. I feel in my own heart I kept Keith alive a lot longer because I was there all the time.
I put everything on the back burner, including my career, to help Keith. It was a living hell. I was on pins and needles when he was on the road.
We had six great months of nothing but pure ecstasy. It was a heavenly marriage and home. We were together 24 hours a day. Then all of a sudden there was somebody there at the house I didn't know. I am thankful for those three years, as hard as the bad times were.
In those three years I've never in my life known love like Keith Whitley showed me. A lot of people never experience that. That was a liftime feeling. In the three years we were married, he never said one ugly word to me, never raised his voice.
We had disagreements and arguments but he was so gentle and caring. As much as I had to take care of him, he took care of me in other ways. I might never have that again, but I had it once in a lifetime.