Iconic 'When You Say Nothing at All' sounds great as a duet by Keith Whitley & Alison Krauss

Jan 28, 2019
03:27 P.M.
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The song “When You Say Nothing At All” is widely known as the love song from the movie “Notting Hill.” While this version by Ronan Keating had some fame, the best recording remains the original by Keith Whitley.


The single was written by Paul Overstreet, and Don Schlitz and Keith Whitley released his version in 1988.

“When You Say Nothing At All” rose to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, where it stayed for two weeks.



The song is not only a chart-topper but was also named one of Country Music Television’s greatest country love songs of all time. It is 12th on the list.

Unfortunately, Keith passed away within a year of the song’s release. He died due to complications resulting from alcoholism, mainly alcohol poison.


However, the song’s legacy lives on with Alison Krauss. She is a country singer who performs solo as well as with her band, Union Station.

She released her version of the track six years after his death. With the help of technology, there are also versions of the song as a duet between Alison and Keith, using recordings of his voice posthumously.





of legendary country singers; Alison Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and Vince Gill, performed in Carnegie Hall in honor of Vince’s late brother.

The song they performed was “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” which Vince had written for his brother who passed away when he was a young man.


The heartwarming performance was filmed and posted on YouTube, where it went viral with over six million views.


These days technology not only allows for existing recordings to be manipulated into recorded versions of duets between living and dead artists but performances of these songs are possible too.

Holograms of the deceased artists are used to make it look as if they are on stage performing alongside their duet partner.

One of the most well-known examples of this is “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince and Justin Timberlake. This sparked controversy as Prince made it clear when he was alive that he does not approve of this technology.

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