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Skeeter Davis

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"Mary Frances "Skeeter" Davis" (December 30, 1931 – September 19, 2004) was an American country music singer and a member of the Grand Ole Opry radio show for more than 40 years. She was best known for her hit song The End of the World (song) (1963), one of the most popular American records of the 1960's, and was one of the first women to achieve major stardom in the country music field as a solo vocalist and was an acknowledged influence on Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton.

Davis was born "Mary Frances Penick" on a farm in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. She took the surname Davis when she became half of the "Davis Sisters" duet in the 1950s and the first name Skeeter because her grandfather said she was so active, she buzzed around like a mosquito.

Davis attended Dixie Heights High School near Covington, Kentucky, where she met Betty Jack Davis and the two formed The Davis Sisters (country). They signed a recording contract with RCA Victor and had a number one hit with the song "I Forgot More Than You'll Ever Know".

Shortly thereafter, Betty Davis was killed in a car wreck. Skeeter Davis was critically injured in the same accident...

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