7 Forgotten Country Stars From The ’80s
The music industry can be extremely competitive with so many artists vying for the number one spot on the charts and new artists coming out of the woodwork to steal the spotlight. Country music is often the one exception in Hollywood where artists are able to enjoy long careers or easily revive an old one due to the dedication of their fans. But if an artist isn’t in the top of the charts, it’s not hard to get lost among all the new music and sometimes our favorite stars fall off the map! Here’s a list of 7 country stars who rose to fame in the ’80s, but have since been forgotten!
7. Keith Whitley
Keith Whitley’s career was cut short when he prematurely died at the age of 34 due to alcohol poisoning. He started playing music in the ’70s, but it wasn’t until the ’80s when his career really took off. He released his first solo album in 1984 and in 1986, he released his second album, L.A. to Miami which landed him his first Top 20 hit single, “Miami, My Amy.” That album spawned a series of other hits like “Ten Feet Away,” “Homecoming ’63,” and “Hard Livin’.” He released another album, Don’t Close Your Eyes, in 1988 which was extremely successful commercially and had three more singles land in the No. 1 spot on the country charts. He continued to work on new music, but died unexpectedly in May 1989, so two more singles were released posthumously. His main reign of success was in the ’80s, but he is still credited as a huge influence in country music today!
6. Shelly West
Shelly West is best known for not only being a successful country singer, but also as the daughter of country star Dottie West, a singer whose career spanned three decades! She rose to fame in the ’80s and was best known for her duets with David Frizzell, and their number one single, “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma,” as well as her own number one song as a solo artist, “Jose Cuervo.” Even though her career was going well, West retired around the time of her mother’s death in 1991. She has performed a few times since then, but very rarely and she no longer makes new music.