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The Whites
The Whites performing on August 8, 2008.
Background information
OriginFort Worth, Texas, US
Nashville, Tennessee, US
Years active1981–Present
Warner Bros.
Ridge Runner
Skaggs Family
Associated actsRicky Skaggs
MembersBuck White
Sharon White
Cheryl White

The Whites is an American country music vocal group consisting of Sharon White (born 1953), her sister Cheryl (born 1955), and their father Buck (born 1930). In the 1980s, they scored such hits as "You Put The Blue In Me", "Hangin' Around", "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling", "Pins And Needles", "If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)", "Hometown Gossip", and "When The New Wears Off of Our Love".

In August 1981,[1] Sharon White married Ricky Skaggs, who performed on several of the Whites' early releases. In 1987, the couple released the hit song, "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This".

In 1991, the Whites joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry on the In The Heat Of The Night TV series album entitled Christmas Time's A Comin', performing on the track, "Let's Live Everyday Like It Was Christmas" (Sonlite/MGM/UA).

The Whites became members of the Grand Ole Opry in 1984 and are current regulars on the program in Nashville, Tennessee. Their collaborative album with Ricky Skaggs, "Salt of the Earth" won the 2008 Grammy for Best Southern/Country/Bluegrass Album.

The Whites can be heard on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack with the song "Keep on the Sunny Side". They also appear in Down from the Mountain, the documentary of a concert given by the soundtrack artists.

The Whites were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame on Saturday, August 16, 2008, in Carthage, Texas. They were inducted along with Buck Owens and Mickey Newbury. Also performing on the Grand Ole Opry with Buck, Sharon and Cheryl is Rosanna, better known as Rosie, the third of the four White sisters. She performs high harmony and occasionally does solo performance of the Mel Tillis classic "The Violet and the Rose".

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Title Album details Peak positions
US Country US Grass
Buck White & the Down Home Folks
(as Buck White & the Down Home Folks)
  • Release date: 1972
  • Label: County Records
In Person
(as Buck White & the Down Home Folks)
  • Release date: 1977
  • Label: County Records
That Down Home Feeling
(as Buck White & the Down Home Folks)
Poor Folks' Pleasure
(as Buck White & the Down Home Folks)
More Pretty Girls Than One
(Buck White solo)
  • Release date: 1979
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
Old Familiar Feeling 22
Forever You 37
Whole New World
  • Release date: March 1985
  • Label: Curb / MCA Records
Greatest Hits
  • Release date: 1986
  • Label: Curb / MCA Records
Ain't No Binds
  • Release date: February 1987
  • Label: Curb / MCA Records
Doing It By the Book
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: The New Canaan Records
Give a Little Back
  • Release date: April 3, 1996
  • Label: Step One Records
A Lifetime in the Making Music
  • Release date: August 15, 2000
  • Label: Ceili Music
Love Never Fails
(Sharon White with Barbara Fairchild and Connie Smith)
  • Release date: August 12, 2003
  • Label: Daywind Records
Salt of the Earth
(with Ricky Skaggs)
  • Release date: September 25, 2007
  • Label: Skaggs Family Music
45 1
Hearts Like Ours
(Sharon White with Ricky Skaggs)
  • Release date: September 30, 2014
  • Label: Skaggs Family Music
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1981 "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" 66 N/A
1982 "You Put the Blue in Me" 10 Old Familiar Feeling
"Hangin' Around" 9 5
1983 "I Wonder Who's Holding My Baby Tonight" 9 14
"When the New Wears Off of Our Love" 25 34
"Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling" 10 16
1984 "Forever You" 14 30 Forever You
"Pins and Needles" 10 12
1985 "If It Ain't Love (Let's Leave It Alone)" 12 22 Whole New World
"Hometown Gossip" 27 36
"I Don't Want to Get Over You" 33
1986 "Love Won't Wait" 36 46 Greatest Hits
"It Should Have Been Easy" 30 44 Ain't No Binds
1987 "There Ain't No Binds" 58
1989 "Doing It By the Book" 82 Doing It By the Book
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Sharon White solo singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1987 "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This"
(with Ricky Skaggs)
10 7 Love's Gonna Get Ya! / Ain't No Binds
2003 "Closer to Home"
(with Barbara Fairchild and Connie Smith)
Love Never Fails
2004 "Love Never Fails"
(with Barbara Fairchild and Connie Smith)
2014 "Forever's Not Long Enough"
(with Ricky Skaggs)
Hearts Like Ours
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards and nominations

The Whites have been nominated for 5 CMA Awards (The Horizon/New Artist award 1983, Vocal Group of the Year 1983/1985 and Instrumental Group of the Year 1983/1985) and won the Album of the Year honour in 2001 for their contribution to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". In 1987, Sharon White and her husband Ricky Skaggs won the Vocal Duo of the Year award.

They also received Top Vocal Group nominations in 1982 and 1983 from the ACM Awards and an album of the year nomination for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?".

In 1984, they were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.

Also for their contribution to "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", The Whites won Album of the Year at the 2001 International Bluegrass Music Awards. That same year, Sharon and Cheryl also received the Recorded Event of the Year award for their contribution to "Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass". In 2006, they were awarded the IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award for their contributions to the genre.

The Whites were among the artists honoured with the prestigious Grammy Award for Album of the Year for "O Brother, Where Art Thou?". Salt of the Earth, their 2007 collaboration with Ricky Skaggs won them a Grammy Award for Best Southern, Country or Bluegrass Gospel Album.

In 2007, The Whites and Ricky Skaggs received a GMA Dove Award for Bluegrass Recorded Album of the Year.

In 2008, they were inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.


  1. ^ Offstage with Ricky and Sharon Skaggs Archived 2016-03-06 at the Wayback Machine March 2002. Retrieved 5 March 2013.

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