September 28, 2004 by

Skeeter Davis

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sdavis.jpgSkeeter Davis, a Grammy-nominated singer and veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, died on Sept. 19 after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 73.

Born Mary Frances Penick in Dry Ridge, Ky., she adopted the name Skeeter Davis in high school after a fateful meeting with Betty Jack Davis. The girls formed an act called “The Davis Sisters” and signed a recording contract with RCA Records. The duo topped the charts in 1953 with the song “I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know.” Their taste of fame was short-lived, however; in August of that year, Betty was killed in a car accident. Skeeter was also injured in the crash, but continued the act with Betty’s sister Georgie until 1956.

Davis then moved to Nashville and hooked up with producer Chet Atkins. She came into her own as a solo artist in 1958 when her song “Lost to a Geisha Girl” reached No. 15 on Billboard’s country singles chart. The next year, Davis joined the Grand Ole Opry and earned the first of five Grammy nominations she would receive during her four-decade performing career.

Although she recorded the popular pop/country songs “(I Can’t Help You) I’m Falling Too” and “Gonna Get Along Without You Now,” Davis’ biggest crossover hit was the 1962 ballad “The End of the World.” The track reached No. 2 on the country chart, No. 1 on Billboard’s adult contemporary chart, No. 2 on the Hot 100 and No. 4 on the R&B list. In 1973, she was temporarily suspended from the Opry for publicly criticizing the Nashville police for arresting a group of religious zealots at a local mall.

Davis married and divorced three times, first to Kenneth Depew, then to Ralph Emery (a disk jockey and host of the TV show “Nashville Now”) and finally to bassist Joey Spampinato. She penned her autobiography, “Bus Fare to Kentucky,” in 1993, and co-wrote the children’s book, “The Christmas Note,” with Cathie Pelletier in 1997.

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144 Responses to Skeeter Davis

  1. Wilson

    Sorry to hear you left,despite not hearing about for sometime,I still recall the high school girls belting your songs and my love for them hence to you.
    Good bye.

  2. thomas taylor

    Skeeter, your sweet songs will stay with me forever. You were my country music queen, and gave me many hours of country music pleasure.
    I know you and Betty Jack are harmonizing in heaven. You won the battle.
    tom

  3. David

    I bought a cd of hers on a trip to Nashville a few years ago. I had always liked “End Of The World”, but that CD gave me insight to her career. May you Rest In Peace, Skeeter. Your songs will stay with me for the rest of my life.

  4. I don't think anyone has ever seen a "soul" but everyone who has listened to a Skeeter davis record

    One of the top 5 events of my life was at a K mart in Charlotte NC. I talked to Skeeter and had her sign an album.This was in the early sixties.

  5. Ed Harley

    I remember the times Skeeter would go out on the road and then she’d get into the “nose candy” like the rest of them would. Poor Ralph Emory, working all those overnight shows never knew half the stuff that she was doing. Her favorite tour was the trip she took with LSD in the early ’70s. I’ll miss those fun times. Take Care!

  6. Maria

    I don’t know why someone by the name of Ed Harley would find it necessary to write such lies about Skeeter, especially now that she’s gone. He obviously knew less than ‘poor Ralph Emery’ did back then and even less now. Your memory is very clouded. It’s a shame.

  7. Victor Tan

    I am sending this tribute from Singapore, a small country located right on the other side of the world from the USA. Ever since I was a small boy, the music of Skeeter Davis and other great American country singers and musicians like Jim Reeves, Conway Twitty, Johnny Horton, Floyd Cramer and Chet Atkins have always been a treasured source of listening pleasure for me and many of my relatives and friends, not only in Singapore but also in Malaysia and Indonesia as well. We are greatly saddened by the demise of Skeeter but her sweet voice will always be with us through her many records, cassettes and CDs.
    Goodbye, dear Skeeter and thank you for bringing so much happiness and pleasure into our lives.
    Victor Tan

  8. Rick Dilsizian

    “I Can’t Stay Mad At You” was one of my favorite hits of the 1960’s. One of the top ten. When Skeeter died a part of me died. I’ll miss you for giving me the pleasure of your voice in that song.

  9. Sandy Gumm

    I most appreciated Skeeter Davis for her out-front relationship with Jesus Christ. She took alot of heat for it but she didn’t seem to care. She was my sister in Christ and I know she’s singing at the foot of the throne right now.

  10. Dani McKinney

    skeeter;
    In 1962, there was a very lonely girl of 14 who loved to sing…she had a friend, a transistor radio; it enabled her to hear you on the school bus, as she was not allowed to listen to music at home.
    I will always remember you and “The End of the World”…many happy times for me.
    God Bless and Tex Ritter was right.
    I know your star is glittering in the heavens!

  11. Gail Shreve

    I still remember every word to End of the World, I listened to it so many times. I was just 12 or 13 when that song came out, and it made a great impression on me. Godspeed, Skeeter, I’ll see you in heaven by and by.

  12. pam perkins

    I REMEMBER SEEING SKEETER IN 1962 AT BUCK LAKE RANCH IN ANGOLA, INDIANA. I TALKED TO HER AND REMEMBER HER SWEET PERSONALITY AND LOVE OF LIFE. HER GREAT SPUNK. SHE HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVORITE COUNTRY SINGER. I HAVE ALWAYS ADMIRED HER FAITH AND COURAGE, ESPECIALLY FIGHTING THE CANCER. SHE WAS ALWAYS FIGHTING FOR WHAT WAS RIGHT, EVEN IF IT WAS NOT POPULAR. I ADMIRED HER STAMINA AND THE FIGHT FOR TRUTH. SKEETER WILL ALWAYS BE MY FAVORITE OF ALL, AND I MISS HER SO MUCH. THERE IS A VOID IN MY HEART SINCE SHE IS GONE. I TRULY MISS HER. I KNOW SHE IS NOW SINGING WITH HER LORD JESUS AND HER LOVED ONES. GOD BLESS YOU SKEETER. YOU HAVE BEEN AN INSPIRATION IN MU LIFE.

  13. david warner

    I am shocked to hear of Skeeter’s death. I loved her singing and enjoyed all the popular songs such as End of the World but her gospel music (which I would love to get on CD) kept me going many times. Sniffing drugs? I find that hard to believe! Rest eternal, Skeeter.

  14. Danjuma Kambai

    Though gone but your music and the heart touching messages each of the song you sang carries will continue to linger in our minds till we meet to part no more.Skeeter your death created a void in my mind that it is only your music that can fill that space .May the good Lord be with you wherever you are now.Continue to rest in the bossom of the Lord till we see again .

  15. Jim Kidwell

    Hated to hear about this old hippie chick dying. She was a funny bird but it’s still a shame. I hate hearing about old Opry members dying, a part of history is leaving. Her passing though will certainly leave more weed for others to smoke though.

  16. Juergen Reuter

    I read this morning about Skeeter’death, and I’m shocked! Since I was a small boy I listened to her wonderful music, and I think I will ever till I die! Dear Skeeter: rest in peace, rest in God!
    Your biggest fan in Germany
    Jerry

  17. Jane Kamunyi

    Your music reminds of many things most of all of my late brother who loved your songs very much and the legency lives on.
    adieus song bird

  18. Curtis Wilson

    I miss you and I remember the afternoon I dropped by and gave you a doll and you were so nice and gave me a CD and tape. I’ve been a fan of yours since the 70’s and still remain one of your biggest fans. I was really saddened by losing you and will always remember you.

  19. Brent Barnhart

    I worked with Skeeter Davis many times over the years. Her personal relatonship with Jesus Christ and her outspokeness about it, is to be admired. I will always love and miss her. I will look forward to when we work together in Heaven.

  20. Kay Fiori

    Skeeter visited my home city of Mombasa (Kenya)in 1975 when I was in high school. This was after her conversion. She was singing with some other girls (The Fairchild or the Triochild). I remember her as my sister in Christ. Her songs were so inspiring; especially “On Top of The World). May she rest in peace.

    • Winnie M

      Hi Kay Fiori,

      I have just stumbled on this website while I was googling the gospel song -‘ Try Jesus’ by Skeeter Davis.I first heard the song — live in 1975 when I was 9 years old at a concert in Mombasa where Skeeter Davis and The Fairchild group performed. Mombasa is my home town too.

      I loved Skeeter Davis and her music- May her beautiful soul rest in peace and surely heaven has got one of it’s missing angels back 🙂

  21. mary agosta

    Skeeter We sure do miss you You were such a great singer and an inspiration to everyone. You were a great lady and you are greatly missed by everyone . We know you are in heaven with betty jack and all the other great music singers.

  22. Skeeter

    Surely Skeeter you will remain in my soul, You came to East Africa 1975 when my father was friended to my Mother, They Got married on 1976 and I was born 1977. I cannot forget the day when my father revealed to me that he gave me the name because he was so much in love with your songs. I am a singer now, well my plans was to meet you one day but………. I strongly believe that we shall meet in heaven. I will always love you Skeeter

  23. Max Paley

    I owned many of Skeeter’s albums when I was a kid, my favorites being “Cloudy, with Occasional Tears” and “Let Me Get Close to You.” After many years of not thinking about her, out of the blue, I had a sudden urge to hear her music again in late August. I was surprised how few of her intact albums (particularly my favorites) were on CD. So, I went on eBay and other sites and found good LP copies which I started listening to and enjoying in September, finding them even sweeter and more soothing than I remembered. I just happened to google for her in late Sept., wanting to see if something had been newly reissued, when I saw that she’d just died. I’m not usually into psychic phenomena, but there had to be some sort of a connection.

  24. Vicki Hopper

    I’ll never forget the sweet, soulful music of Skeeter Davis. I spent alot of my growing-up days singing along with Skeeter’s records. My best friend and I especially loved “The Little Music Box.” I’m grateful for the inspiration she has given me through her music. Thanks, Skeeter, and Godspeed!

  25. Jim Stokes

    I recall her “End of the World” song when it first came out. Her lovely southern dipthongs combined with her voice melted my heart! Viz- “Don’t ‘they-ey’ know, it’s the ‘ay-ee-ehnd” of the ‘wer-erld.” etc. And then when she just “talks” the lyrics. Ain’t no singer in the world like Skeeter!
    So very, very, very tragically sad she passed away.

  26. Brandi Curtis

    Skeeter will be missed very much.She fought for as long as she could.My favorite song was “The
    End Of The World.”Why do the birds go on singing?
    Why do the stars glow above?Because Skeeter’s
    heart & memory will live with us forever.May our
    Lord & heavenly angels watch over her & continue
    to let her do what she knew best:sing.Anytime I
    hear a bird singing,I think of her.Rest in peace
    my lovely Skeeter.You will be sadly missed by me.

  27. Coln Ajayi-Obe

    As a teenager in Nigeria in the 70s I used to listen to your songs over and over again. I’m heartbroken that you have passed on.
    The Angels have a new member for their choir. Thanks Skeeter.

  28. CATHERINE KANGWANA

    dear skeeter it is with profound shock to hear your demise. i am so inspired by your wonderfull music. it has so much meaning to my own life and i believe all your fans too. i will make sure i promote your music till the day i die. you rest in peace and God bless you.THE ANGELS IN HEAVEN HAVE A NEW MEMBER.

  29. Tony Ten

    Dear Skeeter,
    I have just bought an album of yours yesterday and when I listened to the “The End of The World”, it took me straight back to the early sixties when I was around 8 years’ old and brought back such sweet memories.
    Thank you Seeker and may you rest in peace.
    Tony Ten

  30. Dorothey

    It was odd the day that I heard of Skeeters passing. My daughter called me from Missouri and informed me that her husband came in from work and said that we had lost Skeeter that day and immediately she knew who he was talking about. We will miss your clear and beautiful voice and sweet smile. See you on the other side. Dorothey

  31. Graham Chapman

    I spent many years as a DJ in Australia – I live these days in the Blue Mountains. I have been so busy with life going through my own issues in the past 18-months I have practically tuned out from the world and its news. I have only learnt tonight that one of the favourite artists I loved to play on radio died recently and I feel so sad. What a great legend and in gods care we thank her for her for her lifetime of commitment and dedication to the music industry in Amercia and the world! God Bless Skeeter Davis! Graham Chapman

  32. Lorrie

    Dear Friends of Skeeter Davis:
    After reading the post from Ed Harley, I just wanted you all to know the real Skeeter Davis. Her commitment to Jesus Christ was always evident and I’m sorry someone would try to tarnish her memory the way he tried. To those of you who loved her, you need to know about her final days as well. Skeeter was one of the most remarkable ladies I’ve known and a member of the Music City Christian Fellowship since it’s inception and first “Sunday Mornin’ Country”

  33. Eleanor Brekau

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Skeeter Davis. I have only one CD – Country Gold by Skeeter Davis. I have treasured that CD and now will treasure it even more. You are free from suffering Skeeter and may your soul rest in peace and I know there will be another “star in the sky”. Carry on singing and entertain everyone on the other side.
    Eleanor

  34. Eleanor Brekau

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Skeeter Davis. I have only one CD – Country Gold by Skeeter Davis. I have treasured that CD and now will treasure it even more. You are free from suffering Skeeter and may your soul rest in peace and I know there will be another “star in the sky”. Carry on singing and entertain everyone on the other side.
    Eleanor

  35. Eleanor Brekau

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of Skeeter Davis. I have only one CD – Country Gold by Skeeter Davis. I have treasured that CD and now will treasure it even more. You are free from suffering Skeeter and may your soul rest in peace and I know there will be another “star in the sky”. Carry on singing and entertain everyone on the other side.
    Eleanor

  36. Capt Errol Stewart

    Skeeter.
    I grew up on your music ,and my favoriate is still i`m saving my love. Your visits to us here in Jamaica was an insperation to us all .Although you may be singing with the angels above I still hear your songs ringing in my ear.You will always be remembered in Jamaica. West. Indies.
    God Speed

  37. brian worthington

    i heard a couple of weeks ago about the sad loss of skeeter ,her voice invokes so many memories for me as a 14 yr old whose father returned from malaysia after 3 months work there and bringing home with him an album of skeeters.
    The songs i loved are:- in the misty moonlight,dear john and of course end of the world.
    There is a new star shining in heaven and those people up there are very lucky to have someone with a voice of an angel,luckily for those of us we have her recordings.
    Sleep tight skeeter
    Brian

  38. Paul Ciampa

    As a very busy father and artist, when people like Ms. Davis leave us, I do not always feel the effects right away. I even forget.
    Today, I heard her famous “End of the World” recording on the radio and decided to search for more information about her online.
    I re-lived my saddness today to see that this unique voice and inspiration has left us.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    And if I may Skeeter “I don’t have anything since I don’t have you”

  39. Danjuma Kambai

    IT IS ONE OF THE SADDEST REALITIES IN LIFE THAT WHATEVER WE DO , WHOEVER WE ARE THE GRUESOME SHACKLES OF DEATH HAS NO RESPECT FOR ANYONE AND WE CARRY ALONG WITH US EVERY PASSING DAY THE MEMORY OF HAVING TO PART WITH THIS WELL CHERISHED WORLD OF OURS.MY DEAR SKEETER THE GOOD LORD KNOWS WHY HE HAD TO TAKE YOU HOME TO WHERE YOU RIGHTLY BELONG AT THE TIME HE DID .
    YOUR MEMORY WILL EVER REMAIN FRESH ON MY MIND TILL THE END OF TIME.HAVE A GOOD REST IN THE BOSSOM OF THE LORD TILL WE MEET TO PART NO MORE .
    DANJUMA KAMBAI FROM NIGERIA , WEST AFRICA

  40. Ron Walton

    Dear Skeeter – September 19, 2004 – I had listened to you on my stero all afternoon singing along with you. That evening I was informed of your death. That day…..part of me also died. I know you and Betty Jack are singing for HIM in heaven. I will love you and miss you until “The End Of The World” comes for me and we both walk “Hand In Hand With Jesus”.
    Ron Walton

  41. Mike Villarreal

    Somehow I managed to miss any announcements last year about Skeeter Davis’ death. Needless to say, I am deeply saddened to hear of her passing. My first thought about hearing this sad news was, “Wow! Where do we go from here?” As we know, Skeeter was a great and very talented artist and singer, crossing over into several areas of popular music. I personally believe she never got all the recognition and credit she really deserved. Since the early 1960s I have faithfully collected her 45s and albums, and now her CDs. Her relationship with the family of Buddy Holly is an interesting story in itself. No, it is certainly not “The End Of The World.” Like thousands of other fans, I will continue cherish the music legacy she left us. Thanks for reading this.

  42. Mary Courts

    i had the pleasure of meeting skeeter in the 60’s talking to her was like talking to a member of your own family. she treated you just like you were her best friend. will miss you dear friend. may you rest in peace. was so sorry to hear about your passing. will for ever be your fan.

  43. rob storm van 's gravesande

    What makes the music of Skeeter Davis so special that a boy of 10 years old, and now nearly 55, could not stop listning to her music. It is pure and reached my heart. Thank you Skeeter for all those hours of sharing joy and sadness.
    Alkmaar The Netherlands

  44. Gbenyan T.

    It’s so sad to know so late that my favorite country singer died since last year and I just got to know. That was just about a month after I printed her profile to prove to someone that she was still alive.
    Her songs were real-life that I knew that they were all not experiences of her own. If so, she would have died a long time ago.
    May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in Perfect Peace. I love you Grand Mom. Rest in Peace till we meet one day.

  45. Dan Coleman

    Was watching an infomercial this afternoon on TV about The COUNTRY’S FAMILY REUNION and they spoke of some of the stars on that set as being gone. I was unaware that Skeeter had passed away last September. Skeeter was without a doubt my favorite female country artist. From her beginnings with Betty Jack and Rock-A-Bye Boogie thru her RCA hits, I followed her career. I knew she was battling cancer, but didn’t know that she had lost her battle. May she rest in peace with my most heartfelt wishes that she entertained me for years with that “special” voice.

  46. Derick Danker

    I’m a guitarist now living in Perth, I was fortunate to have a chance to play lead in a band backing Skeeter in Singapore, Bangkok, Indonesia’ and other parts of Asia Skeeter was avery down to earth and unpretentious human being.she loved people everywhere ,when we were in Bangkok I recall telling her about the delicious food we had at in the city , and she insisted us[the band] to bring her there the next day’and really enjoyed the time we spent backing her on stage and talking to her. skeeter’ Iknow you are with Jesus and Chet Atkins and love ones in heaven

  47. Susan

    You inspired me with your gospel songs and have been thinking of you of late. I will always remember you by your song “i won’t have to cross Jordan alone” and hope you crossed over with Jesus.

  48. antipah kipkoech

    i believe our beloved sister skeeter is singing in heaven with an heavenly choir. i remember her in those days when she visited kenya and sung HOW BEUTIFUL HEAVEN MUST BE. a song that inspires me to date. i have not seen her cd but i have the compact.
    may God bless you all
    antipah kipkoech
    p.o box 97737, mombasa,80112, kenya. east africa.

  49. Noma

    Thought I had become a City Girl decades ago, but learning of Skeeter’s passing, the first words that came to my mind were from her music… “My Heart’s in the Country and I’m Going Back.” A precious childhood memory I have of my dad is our father-daughter outings to “the City” music store every 6 months or so, where he would always buy me one album, and Skeeter Davis was the first place I would look in the racks. Skeeter, flown on to better place. Grace be with you.

  50. Bob Varney

    I was reintroduced to Skeeter’s music when a friend asked me to transfer her “End of the World” LP to CD for her. Skeeter’s music had not been part of my musical world for the past forty years but rediscovering it was a real pleasure. Then, when I searched for more information about Skeeter, I learned that she had passed away last year. What a shame that so little of her recorded output is available on CD. (It appears RCA carries most of the blame for that.) Well, I’m on a mission now to track down Skeeter Davis LPs and remaster them to CD for my own pleasure and that of my friend.
    God bless you, Skeeter. We all miss you.

  51. James Dalphonse

    Skeeter, brought a lot of your music back to life on the radio, even the two more obscure singles, on Mercury, heavy airplay and even reporting to Billboard again. I reported “Love Us”, for six weeks to help keep the legend alive. To this day, I do play Skeeter Davis music at heavy rotation. Frequently, I play the Best of Sandy Posey and Skeeter Davis cd often, with cuts from both artists.

  52. Ed Blankenship

    I first got to see Skeeter when THE END OF THE WORLD was number 1 on the charts. I have always enjoyed the recordings made by her and Betty Jack. I remember first hearing I FORGOT MORE THAN YOU’LL EVER KNOW in 1953. She was always a favorite of mine and I saw her many times at the Grand Ole Opry.

  53. N. Elawa

    I decided this morning to goggle ‘Skeeter Davis’ only to find out that she died last year and I did not know it! Back in Nigeria, in the seventies, I used to listen to her mellifluous voice on the the late night music segment to end the day. I got introduced to Jim Reeves similarly on such shows. Certainly Listening to “End of the World” “Misty Moonlight” bring back memories of my early teenage years. It is sad to see her go. This just reminds one of the transitoriness of life. Adieu Skeeter until we meet again.

  54. Pauline Wheelhose

    I was introduced to country music in 1961 after listening to “Jim Reeves Your the only good thing to happen to me” I became a fan of country music and had many of Skeeter’s songs My children grew up with them ,one of their favourites was Sunglasses. I lost my son 12 years ago age 21, I know he will be singing along with all the great country singers but sorry I only just found out from the internet that Skeeter had joined them I’m sure They will all have a great time, Thanks for the memories Skeeter

  55. bobby rodriguez

    thank you for all the memories i remember listening to the song end of the world couldnt get enough of it/35years ago .god bless you from imlay-city michigan

  56. Cathy Whitaker

    I like many others grew up listening to Skeeter Davis, she was one of my favorite friends. I would put on the album and play it over and over “I’ll sing you a song and Harmonize too”. That was the one I favored. I learned the words to all the great songs. “Have you seen this man”, and “Standing in the shadows watching you”, just a few that no one hears anymore unless I play the album. She is definitly missed by many. Missing her great voice. It is a real pity that this generation cant hear the good ones that made a difference in so many lives. Thanks for being there “When I needed you”, another great one. God Bless.

  57. Dick Dion

    Always wanted to meet her in person,the song
    End of The World is and always will be my favorite song of all times.
    Just heard of her passing a few months ago when
    the radio station played her song and announced from the late Skeeter Davis. I hope to see you in
    heaven as I know you are singing there now. A fan always.

  58. JDavid Hinkle

    Skeeter….Your song The End of the World gives me goose bumps just thinking ot it as i write you while i am listing to Booy Bare And you with Together Again…
    You were all that Made me live one time many years ago…..
    i love you Skeeter and i wish i could have met you in person…
    maybe some of you would have rubbed off on me….
    it was a very troubled time in my life……
    but you brought peace to my world…..
    i am crying now as i think of the years we spent together
    you on the record and me on my knees….
    bye skeeter…..jdavid

  59. JDavid Hinkle

    Skeeter….Your song The End of the World gives me goose bumps just thinking ot it as i write you while i am listing to Booy Bare And you with Together Again…
    You were all that Made me live one time many years ago…..
    i love you Skeeter and i wish i could have met you in person…
    maybe some of you would have rubbed off on me….
    it was a very troubled time in my life……
    but you brought peace to my world…..
    i am crying now as i think of the years we spent together
    you on the record and me on my knees….
    bye skeeter…..jdavid

  60. Richard Dion

    Skeeter, The end of The World is my favorite song.Every morning when I drive to work and put in your CD and listen too it, I say Good Morning
    Skeeter. I will do this every day till my End Of
    The World comes. You were a great person and a great singer. I hope that we meet in another life.Thanks for the memories you have given your fans.

  61. gary

    Dear Skeeter:
    You had a terrific voice. You are greatly missed. I still enjoy listening to all of you songs. They helped me through rather difficult times- I will never forget you.

  62. Brent

    I have been a fan of Skeeters popular songs for a long time but only recently have started to get into the music. I wasnt aware that she wasnt with us anymore until recently and I am still in shock. Her music is timeless and will be with us forever. The world is missing something special. Bye Skeeter

  63. Geoff Brandner

    A great voice from the south, Skeeter is not as popular as Barbara Streisand but who cares? She was very original and worked hard to entertain us. Too bad she is gone.

  64. Carson

    I have only heard one of your songs, Skeeter, but I love it: ‘The End of the World.’ It’s one of my favorite songs ever, it’s so sad but beautiful, you have a wonderful voice and I will be seeking more of your songs to listen to. Thank you. Rest in Peace. C.

  65. herwig raupp

    ‘The End of the World’ was one of the really unique songs of the sixties, and ‘Sun Glasses’ one of the most underrated and ignored…Skeeter’s death is the end of a world.

  66. Geetanjali Mohabir

    Gone but not forgotten Skeeter.You have left imprints in my heart and as long as breath is in my body….Your memmories will live on…GOODBYE
    Skeeter…GOODBYE MY FRIEND.

  67. Azhakie Yhome

    Dearest Skeeter,
    Since my chilhood u were my idol. I love to hear your sweet lovely voice. your voice was so familiar to me and you were well known to me by voice. I love you Skeeter and my sweet memory goes for you. You will always be remembered in my life.
    Goodbye Skeeter
    From:
    Mr.Azhakie Yhome
    Country:India
    State: Nagaland
    Capital: Kohima

  68. Waynew

    Skeeter, you know and many others know that you were one of a kind and had a voice that would be remembered until forever…. There were so may great singers during your time but you were one of the best….. I miss you and anticipate the time that I join you in the next time
    ww

  69. Greggie

    Skeeter, though you are gone you are always treasured in my heart.I have a box of memories whenever I hear old time fevourites, you sang with Bobby Bear, especially the Dear John Letter and many more

  70. kwame ibwe

    am deeply sorry that you have gone, but your beautifull songs will forever be listened and you will always be remembered.

  71. Kim Corder

    In THE FALL OF 1973 SKEETER DAVIS CAME TO SALEM MISSOURI TO PERFORM FOR THE DENT COUNTY FAIR. IT RAINED AND SHE WAS RELOCATED TO THE SALEM CITY HALL AUDITORIUM.
    AFTER THE CONCERT SKEETER STOOD OUT IN THE LIGHT RAIN AND TALKED TO DANNY AND DAVID HOLLINGSHEAD AND ME. DANNY AND I WERE 15 AND DAVID WAS 16 AT THE TIME
    SKEETER WAS A CHRISTIAN AND TOLD US THAT SHE WOULD NOT PERFORM AT A BAR BECAUSE JESUS WOULD NOT WANT TO THERE.
    DANNY AND DAVID ARE BOTH BECAME ORDAINED CHRISTIAN PREACHERS. ALTHOUGH THEY ARE NOT PASTORING NOW DAVID IS DR.DAVID HOLLINGSHEAD WHO LIVES IN MISSOURI’S BOOTHEAL HE IS AN EDUCATOR. DANNY RUNS TAMCO ROOFING MANUFACTURING IN JOPLIN MO. I WORK IN TRANSPORTATION.
    SKEETER WAS KNOWN AS ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF COUNTRY ROCK. HER AND CAROL KING DID ALLOT FOR 60’S MUSIC. TODAY I HEARD HER THE END OF THE WORLD ON 103.3 KLOU IN ST.LOUIS AND DECIDED TO SEE IF SHE HAD A WEB SITE.
    GOD HAVE MERCY I DID NOT KNOW THAT SKEETER PASSED AWAY IN 2004. WE KNOW SHE IS WITH JESUS.
    I USED TO HEAR HER HITS ON 1490 KTTR ROLLA MISSOURI. NOW THE STATION OWNS SEVERAL OTHERS AND IS KNOWN AS RESULTS RADIO.
    I HAVE AN ALBUM AUTOGRAPHED BY SKEETER DAVIS
    THE I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S ALL OVER 1973 RECORDING ON THE MODERN DYNAFLEX RECORD. THIS WAS THE LATEST MOST DURABLE RECORDING AVAILABLE AT THAT TIME. IT WOULD NOT BREAK IF YOU BENT IT OR DROPPED IT.
    GOD BLESS YOU SKEETER I AM SURE YOU ARE LOOKING DOWN HERE ON US WITH A BIG SMILE.
    KIM.

  72. Dick

    This Sept.19th marked the second anniversary of
    Skeeter Davis death but her loyal fans know that
    she is with the lord and singing in heaven . Lets not forget her memory and people she touched
    so much with her songs. The End Of The World is
    my favorite song. Lets make sure that this website goes on with her honor and memory forever.

  73. David (Mr. T.)

    Skeeter’s song I’m a lover not a fighter says it all.A great singer is gone and cannot be replaced.She had a very special voice.May you rest with GOD.Nothing like Kentucky girls.Hope to see you on the other side.

  74. Larry Bennett

    Hi,
    My name is Larry Bennett and I’m 54 yrs. young, just learned about Ms Skeeters passing and I waited to long, on my 12th birthday she came to our school and performed , in between songs she asked if it was anyones birthday tonight so I jumped up. She had me come up on stage and she sang to me End of The World. Really made a lasting impression on a young kid , always thought how nice and thoughtful she was. Anyway the school was Channelview High in Texas .

    • GBarnett

      Larry, I was there in Channelview that night as well. My Aunt taught at the High School and that’s the only way I knew Skeeter was coming. Loved “End of the World”; so soulful and raw.

  75. Don Barnes

    I’m so sorry to hear of skeeters demise…i’m 44 years old but my mom had her records…my moms in heaven with skeer now…its february 18,2006…and i just found out of skeeter’s passing…she was a great country singer…i’m listening to skeeter as i type….” we used to go to ponderosa park in salem,ohio,its where the country singers played at. and sheeter came there a few times in the late 60’s..may your soul rest with god…..take care skeeter will see ya soon
    god bless ya
    Don

  76. Peter M. Kiondo

    Oh dear,I wonder why I thought she was still living till I opened this website only to learn of her death long ago.Sorry and sorry and sorry, Skeeter Davis’s singing voice,meaningful words tailored to entice the love mind in its deep hidden place, with a touch of imotion and all is the only lady whose music I cant do without listening to since I was 10 in 1964 up to my 53 years of age now. “Last Date with you” etc really touch mind mind. No age limit affiliated to the words. Well may her soul rest in iternal peace, and if there was a way of bringing her back well……
    Kiondo

  77. Don B.

    I was a fan of Skeeter’s back in the 60’s and was re-introduced to her after coming across her “Pop Hits Collection”. What a unique voice she has. Sincere and honest in all the “country-politan” songs she recorded, she is also one of the best “girl groups” of the 60’s! What a shame that RCA has neglected to release her albums on CD.

  78. Margie Miller

    I can remember exactly where I was when I first heard Skeeter sing “The End of The World”. I was 14 years old and walking barefoot along a dusty road in southern Oregon. That song meant so much to me and it still does. In fact, I told my husband I want it played at my memorial service because it is so much a part of who I am. It’s difficult to explain but suffice it to say, I could listen to that song over and over again and never tire of it. For me, it’s cathartic to sing along and just let it all out. Skeeter was my heroine. I always hoped I could meet her in person and it was when I was searching the Web for one of her concerts that I learned of her passing. I did email her once but I never heard back. Now I know why—she was sick. I know in my heart, though, that she would have responded if she’d been able. I am in the process of collecting all her songs. I would love to get her gospel recordings. Does anyone know if she had a gospel album, and, if so, its title?

  79. alan

    Skeeter, your songs are fantastic, your duets with bobby bare are among my all time favourite records, i was trying to all macho while typeing this…but a little biddy tear let me down, you are greatly missed.

  80. antipah kipkoech

    it has taken me so long to learn of skeeter davies departure. i admired her gospel music and still ringing in my ears,
    (HOW BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN MUST BE,I WII MEET YOU IN THE MORNING,PRECIOUS MEMORIES,ETC).
    I AM ONE OF THOSE BLESSED BY HER SONGS AND I POSSES ONE OF HER CHRISTIAN COMPACT I BOUGHT IN THE EIGHTIES.
    I HOPE SHE IS ONE OF HEAVENLY DAUGHTERS OF MELODIES.
    ANTIPAH KIPKOECH
    KENYA.

  81. rob storm

    As a boy of 10 I loved the music of Skeeter. That is not exceptional. I wonder what all the persones with the same Skeeter story have in common?
    When I read in 2004 that Skeeter died, I made a promise to myself to visit her grave and to see where she has lived. This year I went to Franklin, Brentwood, Glencoe and Dry Ridge from the Netherlands. I was fortunate to met her brother Buddy. Skeeter thank you.

  82. Sven

    Johnny Cash brought over 3 backup girls when he was in England in about ’62, he was showing them the world ‘out there’ as he thought all 3 were going to be big stars and he wanted them to know the USA wasn’t the entire world. One girl I can’t recall, but one was Dolly Parton, she was so young she had her 16th birthday AFTER the show! “You’re 16, ok?” growled Johnny. She was theoretically underage! The last girl was Skeeter Davis. She was much older than the others, maybe 30? But she didn’t look a day over 20. Beautiful girl. All 3 girls came down to my home after the show, to relax for a day and see some of ordinary people and life. They went to the pub for a drink…all but Skeeter. She didn’t like anything to do with drink, period, having been used and abused by far too many drunken guys, including her husband. So I stayed to keep her company, sunning ourselves in our garden. She then helped me with my chores, peeling potatoes etc. We got on great, she was a very nice girl to be with. We joked about dating if she came over again. I like to think she ment it. I was 16, ok? Big hunky guy for my age though, looked all of 17! I’ve always recalled Skeeter with great affection. She never did come over again though….

  83. Brent

    This is my second posting dont know why but just feel somehow that I have to. Skeeters music continues to haunt me in a way I can’t explain, its simple and beautiful.
    I just wished I’d met her in person whilst she was alive to tell her. As it is I never will but she will remain in my thoughts. God bless you Skeeter – you were one of a kind.

  84. DICK

    This Sep 19th marks the 3rd anniversary of Skeeter’s death. I am glad to see that her loyal
    fans are keeping up with their tributes to a great singer and person.The end of the world will never come to her as the great songs we enjoyed from her will live forever in our hearts.
    See you someday in Heaven Skeeter.

  85. Vernon A Allick

    It was well over a year before my wife and I learnt of Skeeter’s passing.
    We met her in June 1982 when we were introduced to her at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, by our friend, the late Grant Turner, the Dean of Grand Ole Opry announcers.
    Skeeter called our hotel to find out how we were doing and promised to have us over at her house, but our thrill was short-lived as one of her friends discouraged her, telling Skeeter that she did not know the people, so how could she have them at her house.
    Nevertheless, on the second Saturday night visit to the Opry, Skeeter met us in our seats and took us backstage where we spent the night viewing the show from that vantage point. Grant Turner had done the same the previous Saturday and also three years before, in 1979, during our first visit.
    Skeeter was a gracious hostess and we shall cherish the pictures we have with her which we took backstage at the show.
    Sometime in the 1990s when she was in neighbouring Barbados for a show, I called her and had a chat with her.
    I grew upon a diet of Skeeter Davis’ songs and played many of them during my time as an announcer on radio in Trinidad.
    May she rest in peace.
    Vernon A Allick
    TRINIDAD, WEST INDIES

  86. oretha perry

    It hurts my heart to hear that my favorite singer had passed away. It puts a hole in my heart to know that she is no more. One of her musics i love most is “I don’t want to play house”.
    Sleep on skeeter, sleep on.

  87. Roland martin

    This is someone who i have cherished for her many contributions in my life through her meaningful songs. Whenever i was down with life situations, her musics were always there to comfort me.
    I missed you ma skeeter and rest in perfect peace.

  88. Paul

    I came to find out about Skeeter when i was searching for a song a few weeks ago. I ended up with a song of Skeeter. Boy, did she surprise me!
    A great song (Now I Lay Me Down To Weep) sang by a beautiful voice. Immediately i searched for more info about her, her songs, cds, well everything really. The sad part of all this searching was finding out she died a few years ago already. Still, im happy that i discovered her and ordered a CD of her right away.
    Skeeter, you have given me a special feeling. Thats thanks to your songs but also thanks to you. Not that i ever seen you (i’m only 25 and never knew about her before) but i just KNOW that you’re a special lady. Thanks and thanks for all great music, rest in peace…

  89. karl morgan

    At 15 years of age, i only recently noticed the words and voice of skeeta davis, ” the end of the world” still tops my most played songs, and always makes me cry. To hear that this woman has passed, feels , as she says, like the end of the world ;), Neva to have the chance to see her.
    May you rest in peace fine lady.!.
    ‘ I love you, i honestly love you’
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  90. Alfred Gunaseelan

    This tribute is from the bottom of my heart….you were such an inspiration to me and my life an you still live on with my family…WE LOVE YOU #Skeeter#
    Alfy’s from South India

  91. Michael Tan

    I would never forget the wonderful experience that I had when Skeeter was in Singapore for her concert many years back. I was in my 20s back then and I enjoyed every minute of her show. I only realized that she had passed away 4 years ago while surfing the web for her song. Thanks for your great music which had accompanied me throughout my childhood days and until now. May God be with you and rest in peace… 🙂

  92. Randal Bridges

    Skeeter was one of a kind. A sweet, loving, christian woman. It’s sad that people try to tarnish a persons reputation when they die. I met Skeeter a few times and she always made time to talk. The last time she was visibly ill (1998), but talked to me over a half an hour. Posed for photos and signed some things for me. I kept asking if I was putting her out but she said it did her good to be around people and keep busy. I can care less what people say about Skeeter here in a negative manner. I know god freed Skeeter from her sickness and now she’s whole again. Peace be with you. I love you and miss you, Randy.

  93. Bernadette Vincent

    As children we and our mom and dad would listen to Skeeter’s songs at nights, and especially on a Sunday. I was not even aware of her passing. My dad loved her music so much that he named my last sister after “Skeeter Dellis” he just change the Davis to Dellis. May she rest in peace

  94. Dick

    This coming Sept 16 will mark Skeeter’s death of 4 years. She was one of my favorite singers with the song “The End Of The world”. I hope her faithful fans will continue to post tributes and keep her name alive. Although I never had the chance to meet her in person I know the lord has her well and singing . Thank you Skeeter for the many songs that we all love !!

  95. Dick Dion

    This 9/16/2008 marks the 4th anniversary of the death of our beloved skeeter. I hope her loyal fans will keep this tribute board going.Her song the end of the world is my favorite and I play it daily. I hope skeeter, all is well in heaven and we want you to know that your fans are thinking of you daily. Thanks for the memories.

  96. Dick

    Today Skeeter we mourn your passing and know what a wonderful person you were.Your songs will live forever in our hearts. Your loyal fans will never forget and we all hope to meet you in heaven someday.

  97. Paul

    Gone for almost 4 years … I have asked myself at least 20 times already why i never found out about her earlier than April this year.
    Sure, i have her autobiography and many of the CDs available (i really hope someone will release more) but the chance of meeting her alive and well would mean a lot to me. Even though i live in The Netherlands, i would have made the trip to Nashville for that. Sadly that can’t be anymore so i’ll keep the memory of her alive with what i have and cherish it. Rest in peace and God’s glory Skeeter, i’ll remain a (late) fan forever.

  98. Hidayat

    I was a student of the first grade in 1963 when the first time I heard “The End of the world”. The sound of this song accrossed softly thru my class room. This song and “Last Date” are still my most favourite songs up to now and I always play and play it again in my car and or on my lap top. Very memorable moments. Rest in Peace with Jesus Christ Skeeter Davis.

  99. Dick

    Skeeter,there is not a day that goes by that I do not play my favorite song “The End Of The World” . Your memory will always stay with me and I am disappointed that while you were on this earth I never had the chance to see you sing
    in person.God Bless you Always !!

  100. ray

    Sorry about your passing skeeter, i’m a young fan of yours but i cant find your cds. more important the old gosple favorites. pls can someone help me to find skeeter’s duet done with bobby bare. and the old gosple album hand in hand with jesus.

  101. Bert

    one of the most sincere songs of all times. a treasure. and I was really moved to see the youtube-clip from Country’s Family Reunion, where Skeeter’s doing the End of the World again, with her own little commentaries . . . still love it.

  102. Vincent Johnson

    If It were possible to earn a bonus years on earth on account of how much happiness we impact on people’s life from our trade then Skeeta could have lived another hundred,perhaps the heavens could not wait to have a share of her angelic voice.

  103. KEEYA VENERATO

    Skeeter Davis, you are gone from the face of the world but as a baptised Christian, I am sure you are resting in the Lord’s bosom in paradise singing for Him all the time.
    Your great song “I am a Child of the King” has left a great inspiration on me that there is no grain of doubt in my heart that you evangelised the world through inspiring music. We are all children of the King by virtue of our baptism and belief in Jesus. God give you eternal rest as a reward for your effort in praising Him through music while you still sojourned in this fragile world.

  104. DR BASSEY GARVEY UFOT

    I’m so thoroughly ashamed of myself & scandalised to learn that Skeeter Davis, one of my favourite country music singers(the others being Jim Reeves & Dolly Parton) had passed away since 2004 & I’m just learning about it in 2009. I feel terrible now when I remember hits like ‘Am I that Easy to Forget’, ‘Gonna Get Along Without You’, ‘My Last Date With You’ & the less well known ‘Someone I Like to Forget’. Oh, I love Skeeter’s music. News of her death, tho belated, is a real shock to me. Conspiracy of silence by the media, I think. Rest in peace, Skeeter cos ‘You’ve found somebody new….’

  105. llynne

    how i love the way u sing the “he’ll have to stay”, i feel this song so much, im so proud of u because u answered the song of jim reeves ‘he’ll have to go”, yes, we have the right also to express our feelings….. keep on singing in heaven skeeter n may u be on the side of our Lord Jesus Christ always…. u will be always remembered through ur songs…. may u rest in peace!!!!!!!!!!

  106. Humphrey

    When ever i here Skeeter’s songs it’ hard to belieave that she’s realy dead.Her songs will leave with the world forever.
    Humphrey Mwithiga

  107. Dick

    This sept. 16th marked the 5th anniversary of our
    beloved friend and singer.She will always live in my heart with the music she made.Skeeter hope
    all is well in heaven and I have not forgotten you as I am posting this after the date you left us for the higher kingdom. Hope all your friends that admired your music will post something.God Bless and always remember we love you .

  108. Paul Appeldoorn

    What a shame, everyone forgot about this blog. Hopefully not the Grand Lady of Country music even though she’s gone for more than 5 year now! I’m so glad I’ve found her last year even though it was too late to see her in life. I adore her and she made me a big fan of country music. Thank you Skeeter, you’re great!

  109. V.Kezhakielie Yhome

    I am from a very far country place called KOHIMA, country India.I am a great fan of Skeeter Davis since my chilhood even though she never knew me. Her voice was so undescribe able for me to explain. I still could not beleive that she was not alive. I love her and I will keep listening her songs till my days also over.

  110. norma

    I was born in the seventies and i grew up listening to skeeter.One song that realy got to me was “I’M A CHILD OF THE KING”.This song gets me through life,i thank you.Rest in peace.

  111. Robert

    I contantly played “End of the World” when my very first girlfriend (Pamela)of 3 years left me for 5 months. We met up again and married in 1968 and had two children. Then in 1990 we divorced after she had an affair. Altough I eventually re-married in 1992 I still love Pamela and when I hear Skeeter it brings a tear to my eye and my heart misses a beat.

  112. Collin

    I am trying to find Skeeter Davis “Hand in Hand With Jesus” without any luck. I would appreciate it if any one knows how I may obtain the CD, Cassette, or LP. Thank you in advance.

  113. I.J. Kohl

    I never had the chance to meet you,My mother new you very well.I’m lost for words, I did’t know you had past til now.I always wanted to talk to you about my MOM, she used to talk about you alot.I am her son I.J.Kohl I will always remember the stories from mom.I’ll bet you raise the roof in heaven with your wonderful voice.we will always love and miss you,God Bless.

  114. Frederick Murray

    I grew up listing to her music in our home,her music touch our hearts its as fresh as it was made yesterday.I can still hear your voice in the Sir Gary Sobers Gymnasium in Barbados.My girlfriend now my wife was there ,people was singing every note she did.My mom and dad now deceased loved her music,hearing her music reminds me of them sitting and enjoying her music.I was looking forward to another performance here, never knew of her death.In Barbados she is still on our airwaves,in our homes and in our hearts.I know you are singing in the heavenly choir.
    Thanks for your time here.
    God bless,Love Always.

  115. Geoff Southgate

    To all fans keep watching Rural T.V there are many clips of the fantastic SKEETER shown I am 67 years old now but enjoy her on the show 8th March 2010 old Geoff.

  116. gerald

    i was sleeping on my couch when i was stirred to a piano rendition of end of the world. . . I missed that song and googled only to know skeeter has passed away. . . I am only 28 now but i happened to know some of her song in my mind . . Dear john . . Sad movie always makes me cry. . My parents introduced her to my world. . May you rest in peace skeeter. . You have made the world a wonderful place . .

  117. L Bennett

    Skeeter I have just found your song “The End Of The World”,through the TV programme “Mad Men” which played out the last of the series, I loved it so much I downloaded it from ITunes and play it all the time, you had a very special voice and loved by many – REST IN PEACE. from LONDON

  118. Vicki Lynne Wisecup

    My reverence for Skeeter Davis has carried on for many, many years. It was my dream to sing End of the World like she did. Because of their harmonies, I was driven to learn how to perform those as well. I now have been a recording artist and am President of Georgia Music Industry Association. Thank you Skeeter Davis for being my first inspiration into the music world. Vicki Lynne

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