1978 XQ. Discovered 1978 Dec. 6 by E. Bowell and A. Warnock at Palomar.

Named in memory of Keith Whitley (1958-1989), American country music singer who died tragically at the zenith of his profession. A powerful and emotional performer, Whitley began his professional career as a teenager, playing bluegrass music with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. His later success as a solo artist was a source of joy and inspiration for the many friends he made over the years. He helped rekindle an interest in traditional country music, reviving an entire industry. (M 18646; M 34673)

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