“‘Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” was Lorrie Morgan and Keith Whitley’s Only Duet

Before Keith Whitley’s death in 1989 he was able to record the last song with his wife Lorrie Morgan. Their duet together made them win a CMA award.

Keith Whitley and Lorrie Morgan

“Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” was another posthumously released song of Keith Whitley off his Greatest Hits album. The song was also the only single released from the album in 1990, and it ended up peaking No. 13 on the Billboard country charts.

After tying the knot in November 1986, Keith Whitley and wife Lorrie Morgan were frequently asked when they would record a duet. It was with much sorrow when fate stepped in, and Whitley died from alcohol poisoning three years after their marriage. Luckily, the couple did lay tracks for a few songs together. 

A Duet We Will Never Forget

Whitley recorded “‘Til a Tear Becomes a Rose” as a duet with Morgan, which was their first together. The song ended up earning the couple the award for Vocal Event of the Year at the Country Music Association awards, which was an emotional moment for Morgan. Listeners flocked toward the song too, as they mourned over Whitley’s untimely passing— and the fact that the next extraordinary husband-wife duo was over, just as they were starting.

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