Saturday, December 30, 2017

Birth Dates of Notable Kentuckians: December 30, 1931 - Skeeter Davis

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From The Kentucky Encyclopedia -
The duo known as the Davis Sisters started singing together while attending Dixie Heights High School in Kenton County . Betty Jack Davis, daughter of Tipp Davis, was born in Corbin, Kentucky, on March 3, 1932. Skeeter Davis was the stage name of Mary Frances Penick, the daughter of W.L. and Sarah Penick, born in Dry Ridge, Kentucky, on December 30, 1931. As the Davis Sisters, the two appeared on radio in Cincinnati and Lexington and had a radio-television show in Detroit. They popularized the pedal-steel guitar and had hits on both the country and pop music charts. Betty Jack was killed in an automobile accident on August 2, 1953, which seriously injured Skeeter. Skeeter resumed her career, joining the " Grand Ole Opry" in 1959. In 1973 she was suspended temporarily for criticizing Nashville police on the air.

CHARLES F. FABER, Entry Author

Selected Sources from UK Libraries:

Davis, Skeeter. Bus Fare to Kentucky : The Autobiography of Skeeter Davis. Secaucus, N.J.: Carol Pub. Group, 1993. Print.
ML420.D34 A3 1993, Special Collections Research Center

One Kiss Can Lead to Another Girl Group Sounds, Lost & Found. Burbank, CA: Rhino, 2005.
BCD68, Fine Arts-Media Center

Classic Country Early 60's. Richmond, VA: Time-Life Music, 1999.
CD7330, Fine Arts-Media Center

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