Keith Whitley performs “Don’t Close Your Eyes” Live On Grand Ole Opry 1988.

Reached the number one on August 13, 1988, being the first number one of Keith's career, in total he obtained five number one, he also reached number two in Canada.

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Don’t Close Your Eyes:

LP Cover ( RCA 1987 )
LP Cover ( RCA 1987 )

Song written by Bob Mcdill, and recorded by Keith Whitley, at the end of 1987 and May 31, 1988, First release, produced by Garth Fundis & Keith Whitley for the RCA record label.
It was included in Keith’s third solo album (his first work was Keith Whitley & Ricky Skaggs — 2nd Generation Bluegrass on rebel records 1971), Do not close your eyes (RCA 1988), came out as third single, and reached the number one on August 13, 1988, being the first number one of Keith’s career, in total he obtained five number one, he also reached number two in Canada.

Additionally, it was Billboard’s number-one single country of the year 1988 and gold record.
From late 1987 to mid-1989, it was his golden age, unfortunately he died very young at age 33 (born July 1, Ashland, Kentucky and died March 9, 1989, Goodlettsville, Tennessee) was one of the great voices of country music, with a great future.
With this song, Whitley captured the longing and anguish of being with someone who loves another person perfectly.



Cd cover album tribute ( BNA 1994 )
Cd cover album tribute ( BNA 1994 )

Some versions :
Alan Jackson 1994 ( BNA ) Tribute album
Henry Smith 2004 ( Diamondroads Records )
Kellie Pickler 2008 ( BNA )
Garth Brooks 2013 ( Pearl Records )
Jake Worthington 2014 ( Republic Records )
Eddie Vuittonet 2015 ( Madre Seca )





Keith Whitley – Don’t Close Your Eyes Lyrics

I know you loved him
A long time ago
Even now in my arms
You still want him I know
But darling this time
Let your memories die
When you hold me tonight
Don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes
Let it be me
Don’t pretend it’s him
In some fantasy
Darling just once
Let yesterday go
You’ll find more love
Than you’ve ever known
Just hold me tight
When you love me tonight
And don’t close your eyes

Maybe I’ve been a fool
Holding on all this time
Lyin’ here in your arms
Knowing he’s in your mind
But I keep hoping some day
That you’ll see the light
Let it be me tonight
Don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes
Let it be me
Don’t pretend it’s him
In some fantasy
Darling just once
Let yesterday go
You’ll find more love
Than you’ve ever known
Just hold me tight
When you love me tonight
And don’t close your eyes

Don’t close your eyes
Let it be me
Don’t pretend it’s him
In some fantasy
Darling just once
Let yesterday go
You’ll find more love
Than you’ve ever known
Just hold me tight
When you love me tonight
And don’t close your eyes

Just hold me tight
When you love me tonight
And don’t close your eyes

Single ( RCA 1987 )
Single ( RCA 1987 )

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