Don't Close Your Eyes (album)

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Don't Close Your Eyes
Don't Close Your Eyes.jpg
Studio album by Keith Whitley
Released May 31, 1988
Genre Country
Length 39:31
Label RCA
Keith Whitley chronology
L.A. to Miami
Don't Close Your Eyes
I Wonder Do You Think of Me
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Don't Close Your Eyes is the second studio album by country music artist Keith Whitley. It was released on May 31, 1988 through RCA Records. After the success of his debut album, L.A. to Miami (1985), Whitley re-entered the studio and began recording a sophomore album with producer Blake Mevis. After its completion, Whitely was unhappy with its production, and he convinced his label to shelve the recordings. Don't Close Your Eyes was subsequently recorded with producer Garth Fundis.[2][3]

The album became a commercial success, and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. It contained three consecutive number one hits on the Hot Country Singles chart: "Don't Close Your Eyes", "When You Say Nothing at All", and "I'm No Stranger to the Rain".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Flying Colors" (Kim Morrison, Gary Talley) - 3:35
  2. "It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Don Cook, Curly Putman, Keith Whitley) - 2:45
  3. "Lucky Dog" (Bill Caswell, Verlon Thompson) - 2:00A
  4. "Don't Close Your Eyes" (Bob McDill) - 4:09
  5. "The Birmingham Turnaround" (Warren Robb, Sanger D. Shafer) - 2:49
  6. "Some Old Side Road" (Roger D. Ferris) - 3:25
  7. "Would These Arms Be in Your Way" (Hank Cochran, Vern Gosdin, Red Lane) - 3:10A
  8. "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" (Sonny Curtis, Ron Hellard) - 3:33
  9. "I Never Go Around Mirrors (I've Got a Heartache to Hide)" (Lefty Frizzell, Shafer) - 4:24
  10. "When You Say Nothing at All" (Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz) - 3:40
  11. "Day in the Life of a Fool" (Mike Dekle, Byron Hill) - 3:37A
  12. "Honky Tonk Heart" (Johnny Neel, Lonnie Wilson) - 3:04
  • AOmitted from LP and cassette versions.


Compiled from liner notes.[4]

All tracks except "Some Old Side Road" and "Would These Arms Be in Your Way"[edit]

  • Eddie Bayers — drums
  • Paul Franklin — steel guitar, Pedabro
  • Allen Frizzell — background vocals on "I Never Go Around Mirrors"
  • Garth Fundis — background vocals
  • Red Lane — acoustic guitar
  • Mac McAnally — acoustic guitar
  • Dave Pomeroy — bass guitar
  • Matt Rollings — piano
  • Billy Sanford — acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Keith Whitley — vocals
  • Dennis Wilson — background vocals
  • Garth Fundis — production, mixing
  • Carlos Grier — mastering assistant
  • Gary Laney — engineering, mixing
  • Denny Purcell — mastering
  • Todd Sholar — assistant engineer
  • Keith Whitley — production

"Some Old Side Road" and "Would These Arms Be in Your Way"[edit]

  • Sonny Garrish — steel guitar
  • Vern Gosdin — background vocals on "Would These Arms Be in Your Way"
  • Rob Hajacos — fiddle on "Would These Arms Be in Your Way"
  • Emmylou Harris — background vocals on "Would These Arms Be in Your Way"
  • Mitch Humphries — keyboards
  • Jerry Kroon — drums
  • Mike Lawler — synthesizer
  • Larry Paxton — bass guitar
  • Brent Rowan — lead guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Dennis Wilson — background vocals on "Some Old Side Road"
  • Curtis "Mr. Harmony" Young — background vocals on "Some Old Side Road"
  • Bill Harris — engineering
  • Blake Mevis — production

Chart performance[edit]


Chart (1988) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 8
U.S. Billboard 200 121
Canadian RPM Country Albums 10


Year Single Peak positions
US Country CAN Country
1987 "Would These Arms Be in Your Way" 36
"Some Old Side Road" 16 32
1988 "Don't Close Your Eyes" 1 2
"When You Say Nothing at All" 1 *
1989 "I'm No Stranger to the Rain" 1 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[5] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  • Produced by Garth Fundis and Keith Whitley except for tracks 6 and 7, produced by Blake Mevis for Southwind Music, Inc.
  • Engineered By Bill Harris, Gary Laney & Todd Sholar
  • Mixed By Garth Fundis & Gary Laney
  • Digital Editing By Carlos Grier
  • Mastered By Denny Purcell



  1. ^ Owens, Thom. "Don't Close Your Eyes review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  2. ^ Jack Hurst (May 15, 1988). "Back In Focus". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Keith Whitley: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved January 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Don't Close Your Eyes (CD booklet). Keith Whitley. RCA Records. 1988. 6494. 
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Keith Whitley – Don't Close Your Eyes". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH