This is a blog post about the song “When You Say Nothing at All” by Keith Whitley, a country music singer who died in 1989. The song was released in 1988 as the second single from his album “Don’t Close Your Eyes”. It was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, two well-known Nashville songwriters.

The song is a romantic ballad that expresses the power of nonverbal communication between lovers. The narrator says that his partner can speak right to his heart without saying a word, and that he can understand what she feels by looking at her smile, her eyes and her touch. He says that she says it best when she says nothing at all.

The song was a huge success for Whitley, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart on December 24, 1988. It was his fifth number one hit and his last before his death from alcohol poisoning on May 9, 1989. The song also won the Country Music Association Award for Single of the Year in 1989.

The song has been covered by several artists, including Alison Krauss, Ronan Keating, Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks. Krauss’s version, which featured Union Station, was released in 1995 as part of a tribute album to Whitley called “Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album”. It also appeared on the soundtrack of the film “Notting Hill” in 1999. Krauss’s version reached number three on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and won the Grammy Award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1996.

Keating’s version, which featured Paulina Rubio, was released in 1999 as the lead single from his debut solo album “Ronan”. It was a pop crossover hit, reaching number one in several countries, including the UK, Ireland, Norway and New Zealand. It also peaked at number four on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Jackson’s version, which featured Krauss, was released in 2006 as part of his album “Like Red on a Rose”. It reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Brooks’s version, which featured Trisha Yearwood, was released in 2016 as part of his album “Gunslinger”. It reached number 22 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

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