The Whites

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The Whites
The Whites performing on August 8, 2008.
Background information
Origin Fort Worth, Texas, US
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Genres Bluegrass
Years active 1981–Present
Labels Warner Bros.
Ridge Runner
Skaggs Family
Associated acts Ricky Skaggs
Members Buck White
Sharon White
Cheryl White

The Whites are an American country music vocal group consisting of lead singer Sharon White, her sister Cheryl (born 1955), and their father Buck (born 1930). In the 1980s, they scored such hits as "You Put The Blue In Me", "Hangin' Around", "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling", "Pins And Needles", "If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)", "Hometown Gossip", and "When The New Wears Off of Our Love".

In August 1981,[1] Sharon White married Ricky Skaggs, who performed on several of the Whites' early releases. In 1987, the couple released the hit song, "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This".

In 1991, the Whites joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry on the In The Heat Of The Night TV series album entitled Christmas Time's A Comin', performing on the track, "Let's Live Everyday Like It Was Christmas" (Sonlite/MGM/UA).

As of 2007, the Whites are regular performers on the Grand Ole Opry program in Nashville, Tennessee. Their collaborative album with Ricky Skaggs, "Salt of the Earth" won the 2008 Grammy for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album.

The Whites can be heard on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack with the song "Keep on the Sunny Side". They also appear in Down from the Mountain, the documentary of a concert given by the soundtrack artists.

The Whites were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in Carthage, Texas. They were inducted along with Buck Owens and Mickey Newbury. Also performing on the Grand Ole Opry with Buck, Sharon and Cheryl is Rosanna, better known as Rosie, the third of the four White sisters. She performs high harmony and occasionally does solo performance of the Mel Tillis classic "The Violet and the Rose".



Year Album US Country Label
1972 The Down Home Folks County
1977 In Person
That Down Home Feeling Ridge Runner
1978 Poor Folks Pleasure Sugar Hill
1979 More Pretty Girls Than One
1983 Old Familiar Feeling 22 Warner Bros.
1984 Forever You 37 MCA
1985 Whole New World 42
1986 Greatest Hits
Ain't No Binds 37
1988 Doin' It By the Book Canaan
1996 Give a Little Back Step One
2000 A Lifetime in the Making Ceili
2007 Salt of the Earth (w/ Ricky Skaggs)A 45 Skaggs Family


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1981 "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" 66 Single only
1982 "You Put the Blue in Me" 10 Old Familiar Feeling
1983 "Hangin' Around" 9 5
"I Wonder Who's Holding My Baby Tonight" 9 14
"When the New Wears Off of Our Love" 25 34
1984 "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling" 10 16
"Forever You" 14 30 Forever You
"Pins and Needles" 10 12
1985 "If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)" 12 22 Whole New World
"Hometown Gossip" 27 36
"I Don't Want to Get Over You" 33
1986 "Love Won't Wait" 36 46 Greatest Hits
1987 "It Should Have Been Easy" 30 44 Ain't No Binds
"There Ain't No Binds" 58
1989 "Doin' It By the Book" 82 Doin' It By the Book


  1. ^ Offstage with Ricky and Sharon Skaggs March 2002. Retrieved 5 March 2013.

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