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Skeeter Davis

Skeeter Davis never received much critical attention, but in the '50s and '60s, she recorded some of the most accessible crossover country music, occasionally skirting rock & roll. Born Mary Penick, Davis took her last name after forming a duo with Betty Jack Davis, the Davis Sisters. Their 1953 single "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know" was a big country hit; its B-side, the remarkable "Rock-a-Bye Boogie," foreshadowed rockabilly. That same year, however, the duo's career was cut short by a tragic car accident in which Betty Jack was killed and Skeeter was severely injured. Skeeter did attempt to revive the Davis Sisters with Betty Jack's sister but was soon working as a solo artist.

In the early '60s, Davis followed the heels of Brenda Lee and Patsy Cline to become one of the first big-selling female country crossover acts, although her pop success was pretty short-lived. The weepy ballad "The End of the World," though, was a massive hit, reaching number two in 1963. "I Can't Stay Mad at You," a Top Ten hit the same year, was downright rock & roll; penned by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, it sounded like (and was) an authentic Brill Building girl group-styled classic. Goffin and King also wrote another successful girl group knockoff for her, "Let Me Get Close to You," although such efforts were the exception rather than the rule. Usually she sang sentimental, country-oriented tunes with enough pop hooks to catch the ears of a wider audience, such as "I Will."

Davis concentrated on the country market after the early '60s, although she never seemed too comfortable limiting herself to the Nashville crowd. She recorded a Buddy Holly tribute album in 1967, when Holly wasn't a hot ticket with either the country or the rock audience. But she certainly didn't reject country conventions either: She performed on the Grand Ole Opry and recorded duets with Bobby Bare, Porter Wagoner, and George Hamilton IV. In the 1980s, she had a mild comeback with the rock crowd after recording an album with NRBQ; she also married NRBQ's bass player, Joey Spampinato. Davis passed away September 19, 2004 after a long struggle with cancer. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi
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Can you relate with the song End of the World ?
one of the most beautiful songs ever recorded! i still have this, it was my first 45, thank you Mom, RIP i love you
I was pre-teen when my mother had the old wind-up phonograph player with Skeeters I forgot more than you'll ever know 78 RPM record on it. I love the song then, I still love the song. Skeeter may be gone, but her music lives on!
I was in love with her when I was. 15 years old. He'll I still am and I,m only 69.
I grew up listening to her music, great voice
chnc53
Karen Carpenter must have modeled her version of End of the World after the wonderful way Skeeter sang it..
watsonsptg98 4
bless the lord
I'm 26 & I love this generation of music most :)
grace11421
I like this song (i can't help you )
grace11421
I like the duet , Skeeter Davis &Bobby Bare
Skeeter just makes me feel so good. Her music brings back great memories of long gone days of happy youth.
Calm down she was 72 when she died and only mainly made about 2-3 songs a year for 16 years, got divorced 3 times, and was admitted to hospice where she was doped up on pain killers and starved while dying of cancer in 2004.
johnharris48
Skeeter may you RIP.. you are missed by many..Your end came too soon.
I truly love Skeeters voice! The End of the World is my Favorite Song,by her and her alone!! Her voice is un like any others! Yes i agree, what ever happenend to her?
I own some albumns by Skeeter Davis, I've had them for a long time now. What I can't figure out is why she doesnt sing anymore. What happen to her, one day she was a big singer and the next she was gone.
she was one of the best, now why cant I find any of her music?
diane-bullar d
End of the World is one of my all time favorite songs. Especially the way Skeeter does it
Am I that easy to forget ??
She also sang "I Can't Stay Mad at You" which is my favorite recording of hers.
cheesewagon2 7
She has a great recording... " M o o n l i g h t Promises"... T o o bad so many people have never heard that one. It's as good as "End Of the World" in my opinion.
hot !
I TOO LOVED SKEETER AND HAVE A COUPLE OF HER ALBUMS. I KNOW YOU CANNOT
HAVE EVERYTHING, BUT SHE IS THE ONLY "END OF THE WORLD" VOCALIST FOR ME.
I SAW HER ON TV SITTING BESIDE A FLOWING CREEK IN A BLUE PRINT DRESS...OH THE MEMORIES, FOLKS.
burtcbl
Actually Skeeter did a lot more than just her one big hit. Skeeter Davis received five Grammy nominations including four for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 1964 ("He Says the Same Things to Me"), 1965 ("Sunglasses " ) , 1967 ("What Does It Take"), and 1972 ("One Tin Soldier"). I actually remember buying her first album in around 1963.
You guys need to take a deep breath and chill out. I believe End of the World was skeeter's one and only hit. After that she vanished.
Why is Knoxville on the cover?
One of God's chosen ones to entertain us in this cruel, cold
world.
I wanted more of Skeeter Davis, but got directed to Sue Thompson, Sandy Posey, et al. What gives? I want a Skeeter Davis station.
I want to know about Skeeter -- the heck with Daltry Calhoun.... her song brings back memories... Wow!
who in HELL is Daltry Calhoun? I wanted to know a bit more about Skeeter Davis and what do I find but some dumb looking fool by the name of Daltry Calhoun.
atelierty
isn't this Leslely Gore?
xo-lety-xo
girl interrupted

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