The Whites

The Whites
The Whites

The Whites performing on August 8, 2008.
Background information
Origin Texas, USA, and Nashville, Tennessee
Genres Bluegrass, Traditional, Gospel, Country
Years active 1981–Present
Labels Warner Bros., MCA, Word, Koch, Skaggs Family Records
Associated acts Ricky Skaggs
Buck White
Sharon White
Cheryl White

The Whites is an American country music vocal group consisting of lead singer Sharon White, her sister Cheryl (born 1955), and their father Buck (born 1930). In the 1980s they scored hits with songs including "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." Sharon White has been married to Ricky Skaggs since 1982; the couple had their own hit song, "Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This" (1987).

The Whites joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the In the Heat of the Night (TV Series) cast CD “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” performing on Franks's feature song "Let's Live Everyday Like it was Christmas" on the CD released on Sonlite and MGM/UA for one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers.

As of 2007, the Whites are regular performers on the Grand Ole Opry 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.




Year Album US Country Label
1972 The Down Home Folks County
1977 In Person
That Down Home Feeling Ridge Runner
1978 Poor Folks Pleasure Sugar Hill
1979 More Pretty Girls Than One
1983 Old Familiar Feeling 22 Warner Bros.
1984 Forever You 37 MCA
1985 Whole New World 42
1986 Greatest Hits
Ain't No Binds 37
1988 Doin' It By the Book Canaan
1996 Give a Little Back Step One
2000 A Lifetime in the Making Ceili
2007 Salt of the Earth (w/ Ricky Skaggs)A 45 Skaggs Family
  • ASalt of the Earth also peaked at #1 on Top Bluegrass Albums.


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1981 "Send Me the Pillow That You Dream On" 66 Single only
1982 "You Put the Blue in Me" 10 Old Familiar Feeling
1983 "Hangin' Around" 9 5
"I Wonder Who's Holding My Baby Tonight" 9 14
"When the New Wears Off of Our Love" 25 34
1984 "Give Me Back That Old Familiar Feeling" 10 16
"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
1987 "It Should Have Been Easy" 30 44 Ain't No Binds
"There Ain't No Binds" 58
1989 "Doin' It By the Book" 82 Doin' It By the Book

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