Skeeter Davis Succumbs to Cancer at 72

Published: 2004-09-27
She sang one of the saddest songs the world has ever set ears upon, and will forever be remembered for it. On September 19th Singer Skeeter Davis passed away at the age of 72 after a long struggle with breast cancer. Davis was first diagnosed with the disease in 1988, and had a recurrence once again in 1996.

Used to make hundreds of scenes in movies and television all the more poignant, Skeeter Davis is responsible for the tears of quite a few people. 'End of the World' is a staple sad song, hitting the top of the pop charts in 1963. The song was a crossover hit for the country artist, who, for more than forty years, sang on the Grand Ole Opry, a live radio show.

Over her life time Davis had toured with the likes of the Rolling Stones and even Elvis Presley. Originally part of a duo called the Davis Sisters, Skeeter Davis started her solo career due to tragic circumstances when her other-musical-half was killed in car accident. Davis' first solo album was called 'Here's the Answer', released in 1960; her fourth record (released in 1963) contained the song 'End of the World', and was shared the same name as the song.

During the early '60s, Davis became one of the first female-country artists to have a big-selling crossover hit. In addition to 'End of the World', Skeeter Davis had pop hits with 'I Can't Stay Mad At You' and 'Let Me Get Close To You'.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt



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